Chickpeas with tomatoes & spinach

Chickpeas with tomatoes & spinach

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(98 ratings)

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 cloves, chopped
  • ½ finger length piece fresh root ginger, shredded
  • 2 mild red chillies, thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp turmeric



    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

  • ¾ tsp garam masala
    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 tomatoes, 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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3rd Jan, 2016
I made this without looking at any of the comments and ended up with a rather tasteless and watery dish. I served with a good helping of brown rice and it still wasn't enough to satisfy my hunger. If I make it again I would halve the water and add a vegetable stock cube and double the ginger and garlic. Having said that I heated up the remains the next day and served with a fried egg on top and that went down pretty well. For some reason it won't let me rate this recipe but I would give it 3 stars as is and 4 with the egg on top.
Frantic Flapjack
21st Nov, 2015
Lovely, fresh tasting and quick to cook.
RosieVimes's picture
10th Nov, 2015
This was nice, but nothing special flavour wise. There are much better chickpea curry recipes to be found. Saying that, it was quick and simple to make, and reheats well.
4th Nov, 2015
Nice healthy recipe, sounds delicious, will try
4th Nov, 2015
Great as a main course curry or served in smaller portions as part of a thali
12th Aug, 2015
I've made this four times now and it's absolutely delicious. After the first time I cut the amount of water to a quarter of a cup. I also stir in a little yoghurt or creme fraiche at the end (this was suggested by another commenter), depending on what I've got in the fridge. Easy and fabulous.
3rd Jun, 2015
I doubled this recipe for a large group of people, added baby aubergines and red peppers and a couple of cans of chopped tomatoes as well as the fresh ones. Such a lovely easy mid week recipe which was a crowd pleaser with rice and naan and plenty of mango chutney and lime pickle. Delicious!
18th May, 2015
I make this recipe regularly and find it delicious, the fact it's so healthy and low in calories is a bonus. Sometimes I have a double serving without any rice/naan. After the comments I am quite generous with the spices. I also whizz the garlic, chillies and ginger together before adding - it's quicker than chopping and really gets the flavour throughout the dish.
17th Oct, 2014
I always add a tsp of everything and lots of ginger. I don't add as much stock. Really lovely meal
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29th May, 2014
Looked through comments before cooking this and gave less water and slightly more spices. Still turned out much too bland, ended up binning it and getting a take-away! Effort wasted.


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