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Chickpeas with Spinach and Tomato

In my quest to eat as much healthy food as possible, after looking at the tins of chickpeas in my cupboard I decided to grab one and then take a look in the fridge to assess how appropriate its contents might be for a tasty dish.  Hurray a bag of spinach.  That was me well onto my way for my next dish.  Recalling I also had tinned tomatoes I grabbed those and a few other ingredients to add a bit more flavour and set to work.

Chickpeas are a great bulking ingredient and are fibre rich.  They are also a great vegetarian friendly source of protein a good fact for vegetarians to know when confronted with any naive carnivores that think all should follow suit and eat meat.  I eat a range of foods including meat although not often although if you look at our teeth we were designed to eat both meat and foods originating from plants.  Of course some prefer to refrain from eating animal products for varying reasons and that is ok.  Each to their own as far as I am concerned.  Man wouldn’t have eaten meat often as it was harder to catch animals and would rely on mainly plant derived foods.

The trend was in the past to eat more meat based food but as we find out more about the health aspects of eating meats and what negative effects some may have on the body many are favouring vegetarian and vegan diets.

My Chickpea with Spinach and Tomato recipe is perfect for vegetarians and vegans just omit the yoghurt and you have a great dish that it tasty and healthy.

Serves 2 as a main but also makes a great side dish for 4 – 5.


1tbs extra virgin olive oil

1 white onion

3 cloves of garlic

1 piece of ginger 2cmx2cm in size

1 tin of chickpeas (400g)

1 tin of chopped tomatoes (400g)

150g fresh baby spinach washed and strained

1tsp Madras curry powder

1/8tsp cayenne pepper

Salt to season

Coriander (optional) I added in about 3tbs.


Finely slice the onion and chop the garlic and ginger into small pieces.

In a preheated saucepan add in the olive oil and toss in the onion, garlic and ginger.

Stir fry for about 4 minutes then add in the curry powder and cayenne.

Stir for a further 2 minutes then add in the spinach and stir slowly until it wilts.

Add in the chickpeas, stir well.

Add the coriander and season with salt and serve.


You can add a big dollop of Greek yoghurt if you fancy as it goes really well although the dish is very flavourful as it is.


This Post Has 56 Comments

  1. I like soups occasionally that are filled and hearty with veg. It’s perfect heading into Autumn x

    1. This was a great dish, I’m so pleased I decided to experiment.

  2. I love chickpea curry so its guaranteed that I would love this as well. It looks divine!

    1. It is full of flavour, I was very pleased with the outcome.

  3. I love chickpeas but we haven’t had them in ages – we usually have them in a tagine. YUM

    1. I haven’t made a tagine, maybe I should give that a go.

  4. I love using chickpeas as you said they are quite bulking and great to use in stews and curries x

    1. They are a great kitchen cupboard staple.

  5. This sounds delicious and plenty filling. I’m a big fan of chickpeas and I know I’d like it, especially with the spice!

    1. It’s not too spicy but you can always add more if you need it.

  6. I really want to try this. I am following slimming world, so I think it will be ok if I swap the olive oil for fry light

    1. That should work just as well, enjoy x

  7. I love chickpeas and they are a very handy staple (if you use the canned ones). I think I am going to buy more as I need to eat more healthily. Like them in curried form.

  8. I really enjoy chickpeas when we go out to eat but when I buy them I never know what to do with them! thank you for this recipe!

  9. I have to confess that I am not a huge fan of chickpeas. This does sound yummy tho!

  10. This looks yummy and healthy, must try this one day

    1. Enjoy, it’s very easy to make.

  11. I love the sound of this dish, I need to try it X

    1. Enjoy Hannah, it’s full of flavour.

  12. Sounds lovely, but I would have to think of something different as my hubby doesnt do good with tomato bases.

  13. This looks so good, I am drawn to the brightness of the tomato x

    1. It’s looks great doesn’t it 😉

  14. Ooh this sounds delicious, I wouldn’t have had a clue what to do with a tin of chick peas x

    1. There are so many recipes you can try that are great and also healthy with chickpeas.

  15. I really love spinach so this sounds like something I could try, although I’ve never had chickpeas before, will have to give them a go!

    1. I love chickpeas they are very versatile.

  16. This dish looks delicious. I bet it was very tasty.

    1. It is a great dish, very filling and tasty.

  17. Ah the perfect autumn recipe, I’ll add this to one of my weekly meal plans 🙂

    1. It is a hearty and warming dish, enjoy!

  18. We love chickpeas, it’s very filling! Your recipe looks nutritious and delicious!

    1. It sure is. I loved it.

  19. This looks so hearty and filling! Just what I need right now 😍

    1. It is very filling and tasty.

  20. I’ve never had chickpeas. I know that they are a good food to have and I’ve seen many recipes featuring them. I should give them a try really!

    1. They are really nice, I love using them in a range of foods.

  21. I’ve never tried chickpeas, this looks delicious though!

    1. I love chickpeas they make a great meal even if you do something basic.

  22. This is pretty much how I make my spinach and chickpea curry too. It’s nice for a quick and easy meal.

    1. It is a lovely simple dish.

  23. Oh this looks nice, Mel – love a bit of spinach!

    1. Me too, I love it in salads.

  24. I really like chickpeas so would definitely be trying this one in the future

    1. Enjoy Maria, I was really pleased with the flavours here it is delicious.

  25. Looks tasty, i really like chick peas but never know what to do with them

    1. They are very versatile, why not give this recipe a go.

  26. We love chickpeas but only really use the with red beans mixed into our salads. I’ll have to bookmark this page to show my wife!

    1. Enjoy William, this is a tasty recipe x

  27. I’m a vegetarian and I love chickpeas, so this recipe is perfect for me – thank you!

    1. You’re welcome it is a great dish x

  28. I love chickpeas, they make delicious curries and this tomato version is tasty.

    1. Thanks Ana, I do love my chickpeas.

  29. I think chick peas are great for adding to things – but making them the star of the dish is a really good idea. I go meat and fish free at least twice a week.

    1. It is good to have a balanced diet with a large number of veg and pulses as they help promote overall health.

  30. Mmmm! I love chickpeas and spinach and I try to minimise my intake of animal products so this would be ideal for me. It’s always exciting to find a recipe with a different blend of spices and this one looks fab, thanks for posting it.

    1. No problem, I’m so pleased you liked it 😉

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