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Easy Chickpea & Spinach Curry

Made with canned chickpeas and frozen spinach, this dairy-free, Chickpea & Spinach Curry is so easy to make, so tasty and oh so hearty!

Two bowls with easy vegan chickpea spinach curry

*This post was first published in September 2016. It has been updated with photos and text and is being re-published today.

When cold, wet and dreary weather forced us indoors during the winter of 2003, my then 5-year-old daughter and I started a “cold-weather” tradition.

We would wake up most Saturday mornings, and (even before we brushed out teeth) we’d start the process of bread making.

My daughter would help me pick a recipe for a new type of bread and we’d spend a good part of the morning measuring, mixing and kneading (and in her case, bathing in) the ingredients to our latest venture. And, when that loaf emerged from the oven – ahh – the look on her face of pride and accomplishment, why it was simply priceless!

All the Ingredients to make chickpea spinach curry

However, as she got older and soccer and Tae Kwon Do and homework began to fill our weekends, our little cold-weather tradition was set aside. We’d talk about it fondly from time to time, but that was it.

Saute red onions to just caramelized as it is key to a good curry base

Then, voila, senior year happened on us this year and things seemed to have changed. Instead of just talking about our cooking soirees of long ago, my daughter started bugging me to let her help with our next meal.

So, I did one better, instead of just having her help, I decided to play supervisor and guide her on some of the basics of curry making so when she is off on her own, she can whip up a couple of easy curries that will last for days!

Adding chickpeas to tomato coconut- curry base in pan

How I Make An Easy Curry:

• Most of the curries I make, start off with a standard base of onions, ginger, and garlic sauteed together.

• For a super simple curry, I add a can of tomato paste and a can of coconut milk to the onion, garlic, and ginger.

• I vary the spices I use, opting for a mix of coriander, cumin, turmeric, garam masala and/or paprika usually.

• Then I throw in whatever veggies I fancy and voila – curry in a hurry becomes a reality!

Easy creamy delicious chickpea spinach curry in a pan

The first curry my daughter made all on her own was an Egg Curry that I posted on Instagram not too long ago. Her second was this Chickpea & Spinach Curry!

Since we had picked up some packages of microwave rice from Walmart over the weekend, she suggested we enjoy our quick and easy Chickpea & Spinach Curry with a package of even quicker and even easier, Long Grain & Wild Ready Rice.

Tasty vegan chickpea spinach curry with canned chickpeas and frozen spinach

However, if you have a bit more time on hand, why not whip up a delicious turmeric quinoa or some tasty Sri Lankan roti to go with this curry.

Do you remember the first thing you ever made entirely by yourself?
For me, it was spaghetti and meat sauce and my eat-almost-anything-gladly dad ended up suggesting we order pizza… hmmm…

Some other curries I love:

Tasty vegan chickpea spinach curry with canned chickpeas and frozen spinach

Easy Chickpea & Spinach Curry

Yield: 8 servings (approximately)
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Made with canned chickpeas and frozen spinach, this dairy-free, Chickpea & Spinach Curry is not only simple and easy to make, but it’s tastebud tantalizingly delicious and oh so hearty!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil, or oil of your choice
  • 1 medium yellow onion - chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic - chopped
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 cans chickpeas drained
  • 2 cups spinach
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • parsley/chilies to garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Add oil to a pan and saute onion in it for about 10-12 minutes till slightly caramelized (the more caramelization, the deeper the taste/flavors)
  2. Add in the garlic and ginger and saute a couple of minutes
  3. Add in the coconut milk
  4. Then add in the tomato paste and spices and mix well till all ingredients are well incorporated
  5. Then add in the chickpeas and spinach
  6. Take off the heat as soon as the spinach starts to wilt
  7. Garnish with parsley/chilies and enjoy with your favorite Uncle Ben's Ready Rice!
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 252Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 92mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 6gSugar 6gProtein 7g

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