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Chana Saag (Chickpeas & Spinach)

Cooking method:

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total time: 45 mins
  • Skill Easy
  • Serves 4 people

Chana Saag (Chickpeas & Spinach)

Chickpeas and Spinach or Chana Saag is a classic Indian recipe.

It is vegan friendly and gluten free, perfect served with rice or roti

Utensils required


  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 4 onions (diced)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 inch ginger
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric powder
  • 1-2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 400g tin plum tomatoes
  • 2 x 400g tins of chickpeas (drained)
  • 1/2 flat tsp garam masala
  • To taste salt
  • 4 handfuls baby spinach
  • 100ml water

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  • Step 1

    In a medium sized pot, over high heat add oil and once hot add in the onions. Saute the onions for 10 minutes with a pinch of salt until a deep golden brown

  • Step 2

    In the meantime, puree the ginger and garlic with a splash of water in the blender. Stir in with the onion and cook for another 5 minutes

  • Step 3

    Add the coriander, cumin, turmeric and chilli, and stir for a minute. If the mixture starts getting stuck to the bottom of the pot, add a tablespoon of warm water and mix through

  • Step 4

    Puree the plum tomatoes in the blender and add to the masala along with 100ml water

  • Step 5

    Once boiling, lower the heat and allow to simmer for 15 minutes

  • Step 6

    Add the chickpeas and stir through. Let the chickpeas cook in the masala for another 5 minutes before folding in the spinach. Cook for 2 minutes

  • Step 7

    To finish, add salt to taste and garam masala