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Chana Masala (Spicy Chickpeas) with Spinach

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Chana Masala (Spicy Chickpeas) with Spinach
Chana masala with spinach is a vegetarian variation of a traditional and popular Indian food dish. If you don't have all the spices on hand, its ok to omit one of them without too much trouble, but don't omit more than two or you will have a completely different (and bland!) dish on your hands. For a heartier chana masala, toss in some tofu with the chickpeas and serve over rice.

See also: More Easy Indian Recipes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 can chickpeas in water (also called garbanzo beans) or 1 1/2 cups precooked + 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • juice from one lemon (approx 2 tbsp)
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 large bunch of spinach or two handfuls, rinsed


In a large skillet or frying pan, sautee onions and garlic in olive oil until soft, about 3-5 minutes.

Add chickpeas straight from the can, including all the water. Add spices and lemon juice, cover, and simmer about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, adding more water if needed, until chickpeas are cooked and soft.

Reduce heat, add spinach and cover. Allow spinach to wilt for 2-4 minutes. Serve immediately and enjoy your chana masala!

Makes 3 servings. Nutritional information, per serving(from Calorie Count):
Calories: 301, Calories from Fat: 148
% Daily Value: Total Fat: 16.4g, 25%; Saturated Fat: 1.9g, 10%
Cholesterol: 0mg, 0%; Sodium: 179mg, 7%
Total Carbohydrates: 32.6g, 11%
Dietary Fiber: 5.0g, 20%
Protein: 10.4g
Vitamin A 38%, Vitamin C 21%, Calcium 9%, Iron 19%

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User Reviews

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 1 out of 5
Unfortunately Disappointed, Guest Noradrenergic

Just finished cooking this recipe...To my knowledge tradition Chana Masala is a vegetarian recipe, no variation needed, and this one just didn't stand up to the original Tandoori style Chana Masala. I won't be cooking this one again, but fortunately I managed to find the original style recipe for this meal elsewhere.

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