This easy vegan chickpea and spinach curry in a creamy tomato sauce is quick to make and so delicious!
With a homemade tomato curry paste which is well spiced (you can adjust the heat) and creamy coconut milk it’s the perfect dairy free curry sauce. And you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry!
What goes into the curry paste? Red onion, ginger, garlic, tomatoes, tomato puree, curry powder, garam masala, turmeric, cumin, salt and oil.
It’s packed with flavour and is a great base for this chickpea curry. Chickpeas are one of my favourite ingredients in curries.
Not only are they delicious but they’re packed with protein, fibre and are a great healthy plant based alternative to meat.
How to make a chickpea curry:
Start by making the tomato curry paste. In a saucepan on medium heat add a tbsp of oil and the finely chopped onion.
After a few minutes add the garlic and ginger and let cook for a minute until fragrant. Next add the chopped tomatoes and tomato puree.
Let this cook until the tomatoes have broken down, you can help by mashing them with the back of a spoon when they’re soft.
Add all the spices and a little more oil until it resembles a tomato paste – it should smell amazing!
Now comes the coconut milk and water. Make sure you are using full fat coconut milk for this (in the tin).
This is left to simmer for 10 minutes and then the chickpeas are added. I use tinned chickpeas for ease – just drain two tins (800g total) and add to the sauce.
Leave this for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sauce has thickened.
In the meantime, cook the spinach. Place the spinach in a bowl of boiled water. When wilted, seive and squeeze out excess water.
Roughly chop and add just before serving! You could also sub for kale or other greens.
What to serve with this chickpea and spinach curry:
I love having this curry as it is with a naan. Use it to soak up all the sauce or tear a bit off to have with every bite of curry!
It is also delicious over some rice, quinoa or side of potatoes.
You could also serve as a side curry alongside a lentil dhal, samosas or bhajis! However you serve this, it will be delicious!
In terms of topping this curry, I like to top it with some thinly sliced red onion, fresh coriander, chilli flakes and a drizzle of vegan cream. It’s a great way to make it look super pretty if making for guests!
Why you should make this curry:
- It’s super easy to make and is a one pot recipe! Anyone can make this and you won’t have a sink full of washing up!
- It comes together in 35 minutes – perfect when you want a quick meal!
- It’s healthy and is a great curry for both vegans and non vegans! It’s packed with flavour – you won’t miss the meat!
For more Indian curries you may enjoy these:
Roasted aubergine and chickpea curry
Butternut squash and red lentil curry
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Creamy Chickpea and Spinach Curry
This easy vegan chickpea and spinach curry is healthy, delicious and quick to make! With a spiced creamy coconut and tomato sauce - perfect for dipping naan in!
- 1 red onion
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 inch fresh ginger
- 2 large tomatoes
- 2 tbsp tomato puree
- 1 tbsp curry powder, medium
- 1/2 tsp garam masala
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Pinch of hot chilli powder (or more if you like it spicy)
- 1 tin (400ml) full fat coconut milk
- 200ml water
- 2 tins (800g) chickpeas, drained
- 3 handfuls spinach
To top (optional)
- Fresh coriander
- Chilli flakes
- Drizzle vegan cream
- Thinly sliced red onion
- Heat a tbsp of oil in a large frying pan on medium heat.
- Finely chop the onion and add to the pan. Fry for a few minutes before adding minced garlic and grated ginger.
- Fry for a minute until fragrant and the onion is soft. Add the chopped tomatoes and fry until the tomatoes have broken down. Help by squishing them with the back of a spoon when soft.
- Add the tomato puree, all the spices, salt and a drizzle of oil. Stir and cook for a minute until fragrant and it resembles a paste.
- Now add the coconut milk and water (fill the empty tin halfway for 200ml). Stir and leave to simmer for 10 minutes.
- Drain the chickpeas and add after 10 minutes. Leave for a further 20 minutes.
- Cook the spinach. Add to a bowl of boiled water and when wilted, pour into a sieve and squeeze out any excess water from the spinach.
- Roughly chop and add the the curry when it's ready. Serve and top with fresh coriander, chilli flakes, thinly sliced onion and vegan cream!
Will keep in the fridge for 3-5 days or freezer for a couple of months.
Serve as a main with naan, rice or alongside other curries!
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Friday 10th of March 2023
This was fantastic! I'm trying to save recipes for freezer food, and I will definitely make this again. I ran out of cumin so used coriander. Do you think that was the best substitute or should I have used something else?
Wednesday 15th of March 2023
Hi Alicia, thanks for your comment. Ground coriander is probably the best sub as they come from the same parsley family :) so glad you enjoyed it! Tamsin xo
Wednesday 25th of January 2023
Love this recipe! Second time cooking it and as I prefer it more saucy, I add the whole can of tinned tomatoes and add a bit extra of every spice. The flavours are just *chefs kiss*
Although I’m wondering why you say to cook the spinach separately before adding at the end. Would just adding it to the curry before serving work just as well?
Tuesday 31st of January 2023
Hi Jasmine, so glad you enjoy it so much! You can definitely just add it at the end :) it just removes some of the water content by cooking it first, Tamsin xo
Monday 7th of February 2022
Delicious! Even my partner, who is strictly a meat and potatoes man, loved it.
Tuesday 8th of February 2022
Hi Jo, thanks for your comment, so glad it was enjoyed by both of you :) Tamsin xo
Monday 14th of June 2021
This was delicious! I didn’t have any tomatoes so I added a can of diced tomatoes. I had a bunch of fresh spinach I had to freeze to preserve it and it was perfect for this curry! I will be making this again!
Monday 14th of June 2021
Hi Monika, so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing :) Tamsin xo
Sunday 30th of May 2021
I was wondering what you could use if you dont have fresh ginger? thanks
Monday 31st of May 2021
Hi Emily, you can just sub for 1 tsp ground ginger :) Tamsin xo