Chickpeas and spinach curry

It’s always a joy when I come across a simple recipe that’s healthy and quick to cook up. Yes here’s one such recipe that is loaded with proteins and vitamins. Infact chickpeas are my favorite. Mom made it point to include into our diet at least once in a week. It would be either for breakfast; where she would boil the peas and then season with grated coconut and few spices or she made a delicious curry with coconut paste for lunch/dinner.
This recipe is from a magazine; of course I significantly modified the recipe to go with our taste. You can use the canned peas if you don’t want to soak and pressure cook (that saves some more time).

You need – 

  • Chickpeas – 1/2 cup. soaked in water over night
  • Spinach – 1 bunch, roughly chopped
  • Onion – 1 large, finely chopped
  • Tomatoes – 2 medium, chopped
  • ginger & garlic paste – 2 teaspoons
  • green chili – 1 or to taste, thinly sliced
  • cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Chili powder – 1 teaspoon
  • garam masala – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Chole masala – 1 teaspoon
  • Asafetida – 1 pinch
  • hot water – 1/2 cup
  • Oil – 1 tablespoon
  • salt to taste

How to –

Wash the chickpeas in running water and pressure cook the soaked chickpeas with enough water till done. Drain and Set aside.

Heat oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds. Allow to crackle, once done add the chopped onions and sauté till translucent. Add the ginger-garlic paste , chilies and cook till the raw smell is gone.

Stir in all the powders and cook till the oil starts to separate. Now add the chopped tomatoes and cook till mushy. Stir in the cook chickpeas, salt and 1/2 hot water and cook till the water has reduced and gravy is thick.

Now tip the spinach, cook till it wilts and done. Mix well, check and adjust the seasoning  and turn off the heat.
Serve hot with rice, roti or even use it as a filling for Tacos as I did.


24 thoughts on “Chickpeas and spinach curry

  1. Chickpeas are among the few things that my sister and me learnt to prepare first when we had to cook some things on our own. They didn't give us much trouble and so brings back happy memories. (My Dad+Sis+Me+Fish = Kitchen Nightmares ;)) Loved the recipe and the clicks Rekha 🙂

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