Chickpeas with tomatoes & spinach

Chickpeas with tomatoes & spinach

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(82 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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pookiegirl's picture
6th Mar, 2013
To those who are saying its doesn't serve 4 must be used to big portions, portion control is everything...! I made this but halved the recipe to serve 2 people as a main without rice and with chapattis - and NO WAY would I add cheese, why up the calorific content, no wonder we have an obesity epidemic. This recipe was delicious but I made it the day before - which I find lets the flavours mingle.
6th Jan, 2013
I have made this several times now and love it, very tasty and filling.
6th Dec, 2012
Made this with my Mum about a week ago and it was really lovely. Tasty, and a great combination of flavours. The calories are low for this recipe, too! I was really impressed, and am definitely going to make it again. =)
11th Nov, 2012
Loved this recipe, so easy to make and delicious!
7th Nov, 2012
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.
7th Nov, 2012
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.
1st Oct, 2012
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.
12th Sep, 2012
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.
25th Aug, 2012
Really tasty and easy to make. I cooked it for a little longer than recommended so it was thicker.
10th May, 2012
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.


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