Nom Nom Chickpea Curry with Spinach!

April  7, 2014
0 Ratings
  • Serves 3-4
Author Notes

Curried Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans with spinach and exotic spices aka CHANNA SAAG CURRY. A family favorite and heirloom recipe passed down from generations from my table to yours. Enjoy!

What You'll Need
  • 2 cups (1 can) garbanzo beans (organic canned)
  • 1 pound fresh spinach
  • 2 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter) or olive oil
  • 4 pieces (cloves) fresh garlic; sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger (minced) or ginger paste
  • 1.5 cups onion; diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh roma tomatoes; diced
  • 2.5-3 cups cups water (less if cooking in a pressure cooker)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 4 pieces whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 4 pieces whole green cardamoms
  • 1 piece cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili/cayenne pepper powder
  • 2 teaspoons Currysutra curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander powder
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves; chopped (garnish)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Currysutra garam masala (garnish)
  1. Heat the ghee or oil and then add the cumin seeds, cloves, ginger and garlic.
  2. Fry for 2 minutes and then add the onions. Cook until translucent.
  3. Add the remaining spices except the garam masala and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add the tomatoes and cook for another minute.
  5. Add the garbanzo beans (chick peas) and the water to this mixture and bring it to boil.
  6. Reduce heat and cook for 15-20 minutes on med low heat. Add fresh spinach during last 5 minutes.
  7. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and sprinkle on the garam masala.
  8. Note: Serve with Basmati rice and puris (balloon bread) and raita and mango chutney. An addition of mango shake or sweet lassi or chai will also compliment this Punjabi delight!

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5 Reviews

Currysutra April 7, 2014
Thank you Kevin! It's a crowd pleaser and very satisfying.
joseph S. September 5, 2014
What is the direction for using a pressure cooker?
Currysutra April 7, 2014
Yes, Abbie. It's my personal brand:-)
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Hope you enjoy the recipe!
aargersi April 7, 2014
Sounds delicious - is Currysutra a brand name?
Kevin April 7, 2014
It's look colourful, hearty and very nutritious. I can't wait try out this recipe :)