Monday, 19 September 2016

Chickpea and Spinach Curry

I make no claims to be an authentic Indian chef, but this is going to university time of year and it's also coming to the end of the month.  All of us could do with a decent curry recipe which costs pence and tastes great whether you're a meat eater, a vegetarian, a vegan, gluten free etc.

Chickpea and Spinach Curry - Serves 2-3


1/2 Onion, grated
1 tsp Vegetable oil
Pinch of cumin seeds
2 Cloves of garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp Coriander seeds, crushed
1 tsp Ground turmeric
1/2 - 1 Fresh hot chilli, chopped
1 tin, 400g, 14oz Chopped tomatoes
1 tin, 240g, 8.5oz Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans)
2 Green cardamom pods
Handful spinach
1 tbsp Mango chutney
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Garam Masala
Small handful fresh coriander (cilantro)


Fry the onion with the oil until browning.  Add the cumin, chopped garlic, coriander seeds, turmeric, chilli and stir for another minute.  Add the tomato, chickpeas and cardamom.  Bubble for approx 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, it will be quite thick.

Add the spinach, chutney, salt, garam masala and coriander and stir until wilted and serve with rice or naan bread if liked.

All of these ingredients are really cheap, especially if you buy them sensibly.  I bought a huge bunch of coriander from the Indian section of my local supermarket for 80p.

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  1. Might try this on Friday. Our eldest child detests spicy food, even the smell, but eats out every other Friday at his youth group, so I've decided to make it curry night. I cooked a heavenly Thai-style fish curry last time.

    Also, it's worth noting that coriander can be bought frozen, which is what I resorted to when the fifth coriander plant died on me!

    1. I've never tried the frozen coriander. Stuff I've frozen myself never quite works out, I don't like the texture. Is it better when you buy it frozen?

    2. It's been fine to cook with, but wouldn't work in a salad.

  2. That looks amazing - I think I'll add that to my need to try list!

    Thanks for joining in with last week's five frugal things linky x x

  3. Oh that looks delicious, definitely going to try it out some time #5frugalthings

  4. What a pleasure it will be to make this yummy Indian-inspired curry for my family and friends. I am so delighted that you shared this healthy and delicious Chickpea and Spinach Curry with us at the Plant-based Potluck Party. I'm Pinning and sharing this!


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