The lanes in Devon are awash with wild garlic at this time of the year; the heavenly scent fills my lungs as I wander along the greenest of lanes with the dogs, dreaming up new concoctions to try or revisiting my favourites from years before.

It's s not just the perennial favourite wild garlic pesto (perfect with crispy skinned roast chicken or simply spooned through fresh tagiatelle that captures my thoughts. I tried an incredible Riverford wild garlic curry the other day that literally makes me salivate just writing this! Go on, give it a try, it's one the whole family will ask you for time and time again ;

wild garlic and chickpea curry from Riverford


  • 150g brown basmati rice
  • 1 leek
  • 1 chilli
  • 1 tin chickpeas
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp brown mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 50g wild garlic
  • 10g mint
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 lemon
  • mango chutney


        Prep time: 5 min
        Cooking time: 25 min 

1. Rinse the rice, transfer to a saucepan, cover with boiled water and simmer for 25 mins, until tender
2. Trim and halve the leek, lengthways. Finely slice and wash well to remove grit. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large saucepan and fry the leek on a low-medium heat for 5 mins, stirring now and then.
3.  Deseed and chop the chilli. Drain the chickpeas.
4.  Add the chickpeas, chilli to your taste for heat, and all the spices except the garam masala. Fry for 1 min, stirring so the spices don't stick.
5.  Tip in the tomatoes. Half fill the empty tin with water; add that too. Season then simmer for 12 mins.
6.  Shred the wild garlic leaves and most of the mint leaves.
7.  After 10 mins, add the wild garlic and cook until wilted in, approx 3-4 mins. Stir in the garam masala. Add more seasoning and a good squeeze of lemon juice, all to taste.
8.  Drain the rice and serve with the curry, shredded mint to garnish and mango chutney on the side.

Serve in one of Penelopetom's gorgeous serving bowls such as our Ithaca bowl, straight to the table.