Curried Chickpea Smash Sandwich Filling

Hey lovely people! Today, I have a new, tasty sandwich filling for you. It’s creamy, crunchy, tangy and gently spiced with the flavours of India. It also happens to be packed full of nutrients. This is a sandwich filling that will leave you feeling full and energised. Just what you need to see you through a busy afternoon at work or school.

For most of his school life, Lucien has chosen to take a packed lunch. In the primary years especially, this encouraged me to get creative and ‘think outside the box’ as I couldn’t rely on traditional sandwich fillings like cheese or peanut butter. In fact, during his entire seven years of primary school, he didn’t take a single traditional sandwich in his lunchbox. Instead, we tended to fill his box with leftovers from the previous night’s dinner – fajita wraps, pizza slices, tofu frittata, roasted vegetable pasta, Moroccan couscous, chunky soups, and even leftover Moroccan tagine and sweet potato curry!

These non-traditional lunchboxes continued into secondary school. Since this was our ‘norm’, I didn’t think much of it, but I did chuckle when one of the parents pulled me to one side and said “Did you know, your son’s lunchboxes are creating lunchbox envy?” Apparently his friends were going home and telling their parents all about his lunches and how tasty they looked. The vegan kid giving his friends’ lunchbox envy? That’s pretty cool!

Anyway, this academic year, I’m determined to keep those lunchboxes varied and interesting, not just for Lucien’s sake, but also for all those secondary school kids peering into his box and wondering what vegans eat. You never know, it might just start to sow a few seeds of inspiration 😉

Lately, a lot of my inspiration for new recipe creations has been the Vegan Life magazine, and today’s recipe is no exception. In this month’s issue, it was the dressing for this Curried Broccoli Salad that caught my eye, as it’s main ingredient is tahini (aka sesame paste).

Lately, I’ve been on the lookout for new ways to incorporate tahini into our meals as it’s so nutrient-dense. It turns out that this curried salad dressing combined with a little mayonnaise is the perfect condiment for an Indian-style ‘chickpea smash’ sandwich filling.

It makes a delicious sandwich filling in its own right… or you can fully load it with extra salad, which is how I like it!

This ‘Curried Chickpea Smash’ has been a huge hit with the family and it’s become a new favourite lunchbox addition for Lucien. We hope you enjoy it too!

Products I used in this recipe…
– Suma Organic Light Tahini (available in UK independent health food shops)
– Aldi Smooth Almond Butter
– Morrisons Cornichons with Herbs (Cornichon Gherkins with Dill in Vinegar)
– KTC Ginger Paste (from the world food aisle in Sainsbury’s)
– East End Garam Masala (from the world food aisle in Tesco)

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Looking for more sandwich inspiration? Check these out …

✨ My Top Vegan 7 for British Sandwich Week

✨ Ash from Viva!’s Vegan Muffaletta

✨ Pulled Jackfruit BBQ Sandwiches

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With love,

4 thoughts on “Curried Chickpea Smash Sandwich Filling

    1. Thanks Mary! I’m really loving these chickpea-style smashes at the moment. It’s so handy to have a tub ready in the fridge for the weekly school & work sandwich boxes. The curry one is a new family favourite. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! 😊

    1. YAY! So pleased you enjoyed it! 😀 I love your idea of using sultanas and dried apricots. I can just imagine how well they complement the curry flavour. I’ve definitely got to give this a try next time I make it!

      Here’s wishing you a very happy New Year! xx

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