Chickpeas with tomatoes & spinach

Chickpeas with tomatoes & spinach

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4
For a great night in, whip up this warming meal, serve with a bit of naan and get comfy on the sofa

Nutrition and extra info

  • Counts as 2 of 5-a-day
  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal145
  • fat6g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs17g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre5g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.56g
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  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic clove, chopped
  • ½ finger length piece fresh root ginger, shredded
  • 2 mild red chilli, thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ¾ tsp garam masala

    Garam masala

    gar-am mah-sarl-ah

    Meaning 'warming spice mix', garam masala is the main spice blend used in North Indian…

  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 4 tomato, chopped



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 2 tsp tomato purée
  • 400g can chickpea, rinsed and drained
  • 200g baby spinach leaves
  • rice or naan bread, to serve


  1. Heat the oil in a wok and fry the onion over a low heat until softened. Stir in the garlic, ginger and chillies and cook for a further 5 mins until the onions are golden and the garlic slightly toasted.

  2. Add the turmeric, garam masala and cumin, stirring over a low heat for a few secs. Tip in the chopped tomatoes and add the tomato purée, then simmer for 5 mins.

  3. Add the chickpeas to the pan with 300ml water (fill the can three-quarters full). Simmer for 10 mins before stirring in the spinach to wilt. Season and serve with rice or naan.

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Comments (62)

elfeswonkey's picture

Very tasty and will do again but will slightly increase all spices and chilli and reduce the liquid . I served it with Naan dippers with mint and coriander raita. It was only enough for 2 as a main dish.

elfeswonkey's picture

Very tasty. Was only enough for 2 as main dish. Served it with Naan dipper with mint and coriander raita. Agree that there is too much liquid and some fresh coriander would be good. Will have this again but will increase slightly all spices and chilli and use either tinned chopped tomatoes or skin the fresh tomatoes.

charlottehood1's picture

Easy dish to make and super tasty! You can be as flexible as you like in terms of ingredients too with things like this. Will definitely be making it again.

missbroon's picture

I stuck to the recipe but found it really bland. Happened to have a cod in the fridge so added that with lots of coriander wth a big dollop of creme fraiche on top which worked out well. Think the recipe would be good as a base to add more ingredients too.

kittymu's picture

Really tasty and easy to make. I cooked it for a little longer than recommended so it was thicker.

oopla69's picture

Easy, quick and tasty. I also added some half fat creme freche and it was lovely. Had it with some pork chops cooked in soy sauce, honey and garlic.

reema_gupta's picture

very nutritious and delicious recipe!

miffers1's picture

Love this recipe. Fabulous comfort food. Recipe says it serves 4 but that would be very small portions. Serves 2 for a miain course.

samwhyte's picture

I really enjoyed this! I uppsed the spicing, but I always do. Easy, quick, filling and nutritious. I'll be having this regularly.

meow1991's picture

Really really nice! I used chopped tomatoes instead of fresh just because they were in. Also served on half a fried aubergine and added mushrooms. Very comforting!

bethanmwilliams's picture

Really enjoyed this meal, but agree with an earlier comment that it will serve 2 as a main meal (4 as a side dish). Lovely, fresh and very yummy :-)

katkatora's picture

Add carrots and used two cans of tomatoes, served with brown round rice - became one of our favorites :)

fexton's picture

I regularly make this curry and the whole family love it. You can either have it as per the recipe or add other veg too - cauliflower is a particular favourite of ours to add

giordifer's picture

This was delicious. I added more tomato paste, double spices and yoghurt. I also put less water to thicken the sauce.

cath34980's picture

This was delicious, I added more tomato paste and some fresh coriander too.
Had leftovers for lunch today in a wrappo with creme fraiche.

edyta405's picture

I had to add few things like potatoes. Also, with the amount of spices given in the recipe it was sooooooo hot!! Plus 300ml of water is a way to much. But after some fixing it turned up really nice.

annawozniak's picture

Great dieting recipe!! Added courgettes for extra substance!

rmitter3's picture

so many possibilities to change up the veggies! used broccoli and zucchini this round and a splash of coconut cream

debbieharryxxx's picture

okay, but didn't think it had enough flavour or texture? needed some fresh corriander, and i added some plain yogurt and chilli sauce which improved it ALOT but still needed...something

adailene's picture

It was great, and I definitely will cook this again. Kids absolutely loved it and asked for if there was more the next day! (And they are picky eaters!!) I used frozen spinach, and diced the onions in very small pieces (so the kids wouldn't notice them) added two spoons of creme freiche and served it with rice. Mine didn't look as pretty as on the picture here though, but it tastes great! :)


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