20 Minute Chickpea Spinach Curry

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Enjoy a warm and creamy Chickpea Spinach Curry in just 20 minutes! This vegan and gluten-free delight is inspired by traditional Chana Saag and brings the flavors of Indian cuisine to your home.

I’m excited to share one of my all-time favorite dishes with you – the 20-Minute Chickpea Spinach Curry! Inspired by the traditional Chana Saag found in Nepalese and Indian cuisine, this warm and creamy curry will surely become a staple in your kitchen.

As a devoted lover of vegan and gluten-free recipes, I’m always on the lookout for dishes that tantalize my taste buds while staying kind to the planet. This curry ticks all the boxes, and I can’t wait for you to savor its delightful flavors in the comfort of your own home. Let’s dive right into the recipe and spice up your #meatlessmonday with this irresistible delight! 

A Flavorful Journey

From the moment you start sautéing the red onions and breathing in the aroma of minced garlic and ginger, you’ll know that something special is brewing in your kitchen. The combination of curry powder, cumin, and a touch of cayenne will awaken your taste buds and transport you to the vibrant streets of India. The chickpeas, a protein-packed treasure, blend harmoniously with chopped tomatoes and rich coconut milk, creating a creamy and dreamy curry base. As the spinach wilts gracefully into the mix, the colors and flavors will come to life in a symphony of taste and texture. Trust me, it’s a culinary journey you won’t forget!

What You’ll Need

  • red onion
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • curry powder
  • cumin
  • cayenne
  • salt and pepper
  • can chickpeas
  • roma tomato
  • tomato paste
  • can coconut milk
  • spinach
  • Sriracha
  • lime
  • fresh cilantro
  • basmati rice
  • kale

The best part? This curry is entirely vegan and gluten-free, making it suitable for various dietary preferences. Customize your dish with a drizzle of Sriracha or chili garlic sauce for an extra kick, or a splash of lime juice to brighten the flavors. It’s a versatile and delightful dish that will leave you feeling fulfilled and content. 

My 20-Minute Chickpea Spinach Curry is truly a treasure worth savoring. It’s a dish that combines ease, nutrition, flavor in one bowl. So, why not take a trip to India from the comfort of your kitchen? 

Jackie Akerberg

Author of the Clean Vegan Cookbook, Food Blogger and Recipe Developer from Des Moines, Iowa. 

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20 Minute Chickpea Spinach Curry

Spice things up with this warm and creamy spinach chickpea curry, inspired by traditional Chana Saag. This is one of my favorite dishes to order when we go out for Nepalese or Indian food, and I hope you love making it in your own home!
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


  • large skillet


  • 1 red onion diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger minced
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp cayenne
  • ½ tsp salt and pepper
  • 14 oz can chickpeas drained
  • 1 roma tomato chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 14 oz can coconut milk
  • 6 cups spinach roughly chopped
  • sriracha or chili garlic sauce to taste
  • squeeze of lime
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 cup basmati rice cooked accordingly
  • 1 bunch kale chopped and massaged with oil and lemon


  • Heat a small amount of oil or water in a large skillet. Add in onion and sauté for 3-4 min until translucent. Add in garlic and ginger and sauté until fragrant.
  • Add in a little more water to prevent sticking, followed by tomato and spices. Stir for 2 minutes until tomato breaks down a bit.
  • Add in tomato paste, chickpeas and coconut milk. Bring to a gentle simmer and let thicken for 5-10 minutes. Stir in spinach until wilted.
  • Taste and season with salt, pepper, chili sauce, or lime juice if desired.
  • Serve hot on top of rice and kale with a garnish of fresh cilantro.
Keyword 20 minute meal, chickpea curry, gluten free breakfast, gluten free vegan baking, meatless monday, whole food plant based
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