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Chickpea and spinach curry

This vegan chickpea and spinach curry is deliciously creamy. Perfect served with naan breads to mop up the spicy sauce.
Course Main
Cuisine Indian, Vegan
Keyword chickpea and spinach curry
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 885kcal


  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • Thumb-sized chunk ginger finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½-1 tsp chilli powder optional
  • 400 g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 400 g tin of coconut milk
  • 400 g tin of chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 200 g spinach either frozen or fresh and shredded
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander to serve.


  • Heat 1 tbsp sunflower oil in a large pan with a lid. When hot add 1 tsp cumin seeds and fry for 1-2 minutes until fragrant and turning golden brown.
  • Add the onion, stir, reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid and cook for 10-15 minutes until soft. Stir occasionally.
  • When the onion is soft add 2 cloves chopped garlic and a chunk of chopped ginger. Stir well and fry for a further 1-2 minutes.
  • Next add 1 tsp ground coriander, 1 tsp ground turmeric, 1 tsp ground cumin and chilli powder to taste.
  • Add a tin of chopped tomatoes, turn the heat up and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low and cook for 10 minutes with the lid off to allow the sauce to thicken.
  • Add a tin of chickpeas and 200g spinach. Cook for 5-10 minutes until the spinach has either defrosted or wilted then add a tin of coconut milk and 1 tbsp garam masala, 1 tbsp lemon juice and salt to taste.
  • Stir well then sprinkle over fresh coriander.
  • Serve immediately with naan, chapati or rice.


Calories: 885kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 56g | Saturated Fat: 39g | Sodium: 420mg | Potassium: 2101mg | Fiber: 21g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 9813IU | Vitamin C: 59mg | Calcium: 339mg | Iron: 19mg