Go-To Spinach & Chickpea Curry

Spinach & Chickpea Curry- Emma's Little Kitchen

I’m sharing a family favourite with you today! This spinach and chickpea curry is a staple in the home of my parents, and has since become a staple in mine. This is the ultimate curry in a hurry- the spices are simple and I always have them to hand, it comes together in 30 minutes making it a wonderful weeknight meal, plus it is packed full of healthy goodness!

Spinach & Chickpea Curry- Emma's Little KitchenIndian is my absolute favourite, and Kirk and I eat curry dishes frequently. However, when I bring leftovers into work, a lot of people tell me that they find the spices in traditional indian food intimidating. The idea behind this curry is to keep it approachable (no long list of ingredients!) without loosing any of that beautiful aromatic flavour. It may not be the most authentic curry, but it is terribly tasty!

Spinach & Chickpea Curry- Emma's Little Kitchen

I doubt my parents follow much of a recipe with this, it is not really their style. Similarly, it took me a while to pin down the exact quantities of ingredients because I would just throw it together by what looked right. After a little trial and error I finally got there, and I’m really excited to share the results with you!

Spinach & Chickpea Curry- Emma's Little Kitchen

What about you?! Do you like Indian food? Do you make it often?

Go-To Spinach & Chickpea Curry
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Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pinch piece of ginger, minced
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (or more or less to taste)
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas (or 1 tin, drained)
  • 2 tins of chopped tomatoes (14oz)
  • pinch of sugar (optional, to cut through the acidity of the tomatoes)
  • 3 generous handfuls of fresh baby spinach
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped (optional)
  • squeeze of fresh lemon (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat olive oil in a large lidded pan over medium heat
  2. Add the onions, and fry until translucent
  3. Add the garlic and ginger, and cook for a couple of minutes more, stirring frequently
  4. Add the garam masala, cumin and cayenne pepper, stir so that the onions have a nice coating of the spices, cook for just a minute until the spices are a little toasted
  5. Add the chickpeas and stir well so they are covered in oil and spice
  6. Add the tomatoes and sugar (if using), give everything a good stir, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes on low-medium heat.
  7. Add the spinach in batches, and stir until the spinach is wilted
  8. At the end of cooking, add a sprinkling of fresh coriander, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice if desired
  9. Serve with rice or naan

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  1. Penniless Veggie says:

    I love spinach and chickpea curry! It’s a great way to have curry in a hurry. This looks a better consistency than the recipe I’ve used before, which is a tad watery for me. I’ll use this recipe next time.

  2. themuffinmyth says:

    We actually cook Indian quite a lot too. We’ve got a couple of favourite cookbooks and we went and sourced every single spice they listed so we can do Indian any time. It is a production though, so dishes like this curry in a hurry are perfect to have up your sleeve for busy days or weeknight cooking. Thanks for another amazing recipe!

    • Emma says:

      Amanda, so sorry for the oversight! Just the standard 14oz tins. I have updated the recipe! Let me know if you try it 🙂

  3. Marc says:

    This is fantastic! I needed a quick dinner and was amazed by the different flavors dancing around my mouth. This will be a go to meal from now on ! Only thing different I did was added some fresh chopped jalapeños along with the onions, but I think that was not necessary. Will make without next time.

  4. Judith Whelan says:

    I cannot load your page, recipes or site! Aaaggghh. Love the look of the speedy curry, things I can have on hand, even if I had to use frozen spinach (well drained).

  5. Juliet says:

    Wow I really loved making & eating this. I’ve done a chickpea & Tom curry before but this was much better LOVE

  6. Ashley says:

    Love this recipe! Thanks for sharing it 🙂 Do you think I could add quinoa and cook it all together? I’m guessing I’d need to add water or broth and that might mess with the wonderful flavors.

    • Emma says:

      Hi Ashley! Sorry I missed your comment- that sounds like a fab idea! I think a little extra broth would be great 🙂

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  8. Jonathan Peat says:

    This was easy to make and tasted delicious even my 12 year old son enjoyed it. Great recipe I will definitely use again

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