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Chickpea-Spinach Masala

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

This vegetarian stew is fragrant with warm Indian spices like cumin, coriander, and turmeric. Mashing the chickpeas gives it a thicker texture. Serve with basmati rice or naan.


  • 2 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. whole cumin seeds
  • 1 Tbs. minced garlic
  • 1 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cayenne
  • Kosher salt
  • 8 oz. baby spinach
  • 1 15.5-oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 14.5-oz. can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, stirred

Nutritional Information

      Calories (kcal) : 310
      Fat Calories (kcal): 120
      Fat (g): 13
      Saturated Fat (g): 3.5
      Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 5
      Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2.5
      Cholesterol (mg): 5
      Sodium (mg): 810
      Carbohydrates (g): 38
      Fiber (g): 11
      Sugar (g): 9
      Protein (g): 13


  • Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cumin seeds, and cook, stirring often, until the onion starts to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the coriander, ground cumin, turmeric, cayenne, and 1 tsp. salt and cook, stirring, for another 30 seconds. Add 1/2 cup water and stir. Add the spinach a couple of handfuls at a time, turning with tongs until wilted. Stir in the chickpeas and tomatoes, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Using a potato masher, mash most of the chickpeas. The mixture will thicken. Season to taste with salt, and serve dolloped with the yogurt.


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  • WaughCarly | 01/08/2017

    A hearty, flavorful vegetarian dish. My husband didn't even notice there wasn't meat in it because it was so delicious. Very quick and easy for weeknight cooking.

  • kidsmademevegetarian | 04/11/2016

    This was delicious! It wasn't hard to make either. I didn't change a thing. I served it with jasmine rice. The whole family loved it.

  • margit | 03/12/2016

    A very quick, easy and flavorful meal.

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