Chana masala with spinach and tomatoes

Chana masala (chickpea curry) with spinach

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(40 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 2

A superhealthy vegetable-packed curry with chickpeas, spinach and tomatoes. Serve this delicious Indian dish with filling brown basmati rice

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Egg-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal420
  • fat12g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs60g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre12g
  • protein20g
  • salt1.3g
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  • 400g can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1cm piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped or grated



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 1 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…

  • ½ red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric



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

  • 1 tsp paprika



    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • 400g can whole plum tomato
  • juice ½ lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 220g bag baby spinach
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • 75g quick-cook brown basmati rice


  1. Heat a large non-stick pan and dry-fry the cumin seeds for 1 min, stirring often, while they pop. Remove and set aside. Cook the rice following pack instructions.

  2. Heat the oil using the same large pan, add the onion, garlic, ginger and chilli, and sauté over a medium heat for about 3 mins. Reduce the heat, add all the spices, stir well and cook for a further 2 mins. 

  3. Add the tomatoes, stirring, and use the side of a spoon to break them up into smaller bite-sized chunks. 

  4. Add the chickpeas and 200ml water. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins.

  5. Stir in the lemon juice and spinach. Let the spinach wilt, then remove the pan from the heat.

  6. Divide the rice between 2 bowls, and serve the curry. (The flavours intensify as it cools, so for a fuller flavour, make earlier in the day and reheat slowly prior to serving.)

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2nd Jul, 2020
Added a bit more cumin seeds as I thought they were a bit old but I think they spoiled the taste,so won't do that again. Added a second tin of chickpeas to make it more substantial.
12th Aug, 2019
Strange, doest actually say what to do with the cumin seeds once popped. At what point are they added back into recipe.
4th May, 2019
Nearly great but too sour. Added two full tbsps of ground almonds, dry fried first. That perked things up. Yum.
7th Mar, 2018
Watch it with the lemon juice - added the amount in the recipe and it was way too sour! Also I think adding another can of chickpeas would make the curry more substantial.
8th Mar, 2017
My family and I have been enjoying this dish regularly since December 2016. For me, it's so simple to make and I really enjoy all the wonderful flavours mixing together!
25th Oct, 2016
Really enjoyed this!
28th Jun, 2015
Smelt better than it tasted, it was nice but not as flavoursome as I expected and rather watery. Will try again and add more spices.
4th Aug, 2014
Delicious! Really quick and easy to make. Didn't have any garam masala, but added a bit of cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Looking forward to making it again!
Irish Zan
14th Jul, 2014
Really tastey and very easy to make! will do again.
30th Jun, 2014
Absolutely delicious! Will definitely be making this again.
19th Jun, 2014
I won't get my husband to eat this with no meat! Is the lamb, chickpea spinach and masala mash a suitable alternative?
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17th Sep, 2014
no it isn't. looks like you better change your caveman, sorry husband, instead.
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