A tasty chickpea and spinach curry recipe using pantry staples. Ready in just 30 minutes, this easy vegan curry is perfect for a quick midweek meal. Serve with pilau rice and naan bread for a filling dinner.
This easy vegan chickpea and spinach curry is made using store-cupboard staples such as tinned tomatoes, tinned chickpeas, curry paste, and frozen spinach, with the creaminess coming from a tin of full-fat coconut milk.
✔️ Why should you try it?
- Made using pantry staples
- Easy and quick
- Can be frozen
Onion, Garlic and Ginger – form the base of the curry.
Mild Curry Paste – I used a store-bought korma curry paste but if you have a homemade curry paste, use that instead.
Turmeric and Cumin – add colour and flavour to the curry.
Tinned Cherry Tomatoes – 1 x 400g tin is needed for this recipe and helps create the curry sauce.
Chickpeas – 2 x 400g tin of chickpeas, rinsed and drained.
Frozen Spinach – 150g or about 8 blocks. Defrost in the microwave before using, just so the blocks of spinach have softened slightly
Coconut Milk – full fat coconut milk helps give the curry a lovely creaminess.
Mango Chutney – adds a fruity kick and helps balance the acidity of the tomatoes.
One: In a food processor, whizz up the onion, garlic, and ginger to a paste. Fry the onion paste in a little oil for a few minutes, before adding the curry paste, cumin and turmeric. Cook for 3 minutes.
Two: Add the tinned cherry tomatoes and chickpeas and simmer for 10 minutes.
Three: Stir through the coconut milk and frozen spinach (which you have defrosted slightly in the microwave) and cook for a further 10 minutes.
Four: Stir through the mango chutney just before serving.
💭 Top tips
- Take the frozen spinach blocks out of the freezer at least an hour prior to cooking. They will begin to defrost and wilt immediately as soon as they are added to the curry sauce. If you forget to take them out of the freezer prior to cooking, defrost for a few minutes in the microwave.
- If you like your curry hotter use a spicier curry paste such as balti and add 1 tsp of chilli flakes at the same time as the cumin and turmeric.
- If you didn’t need to make this vegan, you could use double cream instead of coconut milk.
🍴 Serving suggestions
I usually serve the chickpea and spinach curry with my homemade pilau rice, naan bread, and extra mango chutney. Chopped fresh coriander and flaked almonds are a nice addition to sprinkle on top.
Add more veggies to the curry. Chopped red peppers, courgette (zucchini) and baby corn would all work well.
I sometimes add leftover roasted sweet potato cubes too, which adds a lovely sweetness to the curry.
The curry can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. I often reheat leftovers for lunch the next day. You can either reheat a portion in the microwave, or spoon as much as you require into a pan and gently reheat it on the hob.
🧊 Suitable for freezing?
The curry can be frozen for up to 3 months. Once completely cooled, place into a freezer-safe container with a plastic lid. Defrost in the fridge for 24 hours prior to reheating.
Is coconut milk vegan?
Coconut milk doesn’t come from an animal, therefore it is vegan friendly. However, it has recently become apparent that not all coconut products are not produced as ethically as they should be.
In Thailand, monkeys are often used to pick coconuts from the trees and kept in very unsatisfactory living conditions. Therefore it is recommended to avoid buying coconut milk that has been made in Thailand. Supermarket own-brand coconut is usually the best bet as it won’t have been produced using monkeys.
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Chickpea and Spinach Curry
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 Onion
- 2 Garlic Cloves peeled
- 1 tsp Fresh Ginger grated
- 3 tbsp Mild Curry Paste
- ½ tsp Turmeric
- 1 tsp Cumin
- 400 g Tin of Cherry Tomatoes
- 800 g Tinned Chickpeas drained (2 x 400g tins)
- 150 g Frozen Spinach defrosted in microwave
- 400 g Tin of Coconut Milk
- 3 tbsp Mango Chutney
- Place the onion, garlic and ginger in a food processor and whizz up to a paste.
- Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the onion paste for 2 minutes. Add the curry paste and spices and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the tinned cherry tomatoes and drained chickpeas and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add in the spinach (which should be defrosted) and coconut milk. Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Stir through the mango chutney before serving.
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