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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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Reviews (7 reviews)

  • bakingfun83 | 06/11/2020

    Super fast and delicious! Don't even think of leaving out the cumin seeds - they really make the dish. I thought it was even better with full fat regular yogurt than with Greek yogurt, but both were good. Two of us ate the whole thing with some garlic naan.

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    italianrose987 | 03/21/2018

    Really delicious and easy to make! The whole cumin seeds really make the dish... I wouldn't recommend substituting ground cumin for it! I think this is going to be a staple in our "Meatless Mondays" pile.

  • tmwg | 03/20/2018

    Delicious and easy to make. Also fits any budget.

  • twocooks | 03/20/2018

    I see beans listed on the shopping list, but they don’t appear in the recipe itself.

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