Easy Chick Pea and Spinach Indian Curry

I love to eat Indian food and it has been a very long time since I have fixed some. I especially like it because of the unique flavors Indian food has to offer.

Depending on the recipe, you can find yourself spending a long time cooking in the kitchen but my recipe versions, what ever type of food it may be, will never keep you in there for too long, to much to do with 2 little kids, a house to take care of, studying, working out and so on….

For this recipe I added the spinach to give it a little bit more nutrition, I thought it was a clever addition, I think it complemented the chickpeas very well.

On any event, at best this recipe took me about 20-25 minutes since I used canned chickpeas and my rice cooker so for sure you can be done in under 30 minutes :-)



Easy Chick Pea and Spinach Indian Curry

Miryam's original recipe

Yield: 4 servings


1 1lb can of chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, drained.
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 large onion
3 cloves of garlic
1 oz fresh ginger, chopped
1 medium tomatoes, chopped
4 oz tomato puree
2 teaspoons of turmeric
1 tablespoon garam masala
1 tablespoon coriander powder
10 dried cloves
15 peppercorns
Salt to taste
1 1/2 cup of water, if the sauce is too thick add more water
6 oz chopped frozen spinach, thawed and drained
Fresh coriander leaves for garnish, optional
2 cups of brown rice.


Cook rice on a rice cooker or stove top, set aside.

In a large sauce pan, at medium heat, add the olive oil  followed by the onions, garlic and ginger. Cook for about 5 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add the spices over low heat and stir. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Increase the temperature to medium-high heat and add the chickpeas, tomato puree and water. Mix through and let it cook for about 5-10 minutes until the flavors are combined. Add the frozen spinach, salt to taste and cook further for 3-5 minutes.

Serve over the brown rice and sprinkle with the chopped coriander if desired.

Nutrition facts calculated based on the recipe giving 4 servings. This is high in Vit B6, manganese, fiber, Vit C, Vit A


  1. 10 cloves? Garlic?! I assume misprint. Please let me know this recipe looks and sounds outstanding!!!!

  2. This is the second time I have tried to make a meal from this website. The instructions are poor and vague and the food is pretty much tasteless. It also makes a ton and no one even wants it :(

  3. Nikki,

    This recipe calls for garlic, onion, ginger, turmeric, garam masala, coriander, cloves, peppercorns, salt, and cilantro (aka coriander leaves.) If the food is tasteless, it’s not the fault of the recipe. It’s the fault of the cook.

  4. Do I remove the whole cloves before serving? I’ve never served anything (to eat) with whole cloves still in it. Help! ;) Thanks! :)

  5. Wow Miryam!! I have just finished making this dish, and my house smells like a culinairy indian restaurant….yammm!!!! It tasted amazing!!
    Forget those comments full of negativity, you are SO talented!!! Loooove your recipies!!!

  6. Oh and a little sheets tip ;-) -> I made this with frozen spinach and cream (also called Spinach-a-la-cream in Holland) and that made it a bit more creamy..mmmm

  7. Easy recipe, a bit too much corriander for my liking (unablanced) but easy to amend. Added more chilis for a little warming heat. Would do again, amended to suit my palet.

  8. I just made this and it tastes amazing! Wonderful recipe and easy to make!

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