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You know I love a fuss-free recipe, especially for my weekday rotation and this walk-away Chickpea Tomato and Spinach Curry is just that. Throw the ingredients in to a pot and walk away. The resulting vegan curry is full-bodied and loaded with gorgeous spiced flavours.

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My four year-old is suffering from her first broken heart and yes, it’s all for a boy. Last night I held her little body as she shed a bucket of tears for a little man who has made her feel safe, brave and wanted in her first year of kindergarten. This gorgeous soul let her pretend to be a kitten and hid with her under tables while she curled in to his lap. He played husband when she wanted to play house and let her operate on him whenever she fancied being a doctor. I am so happy she met such a sweet and kind spirit. Alas, he is an older man and next year is off to primary school while our girl will do another year of pre-school. The Elf is a January baby, you see, and she is heartbroken she won’t be going through with him and her other friends.

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We could send her through. My heart wants to send her through. My head, however, is trying to hold tight to all the research and advice from her teachers that an extra year will help her not only survive her school years but thrive. Oh, but the tears! They are so pitiful and I want to make everything better. This parenting thing blows sometimes.

What does this have to do with chickpea tomato and spinach curry?

Not a thing but it is where my head and heart are at and all I want is for everyone to tell me that we are making the right choice for our child. She will miss all her friends when they move on to school but the bigger picture is that another year will serve her better in the long run. That’s the theory anyway. And so, as we get closer to the end of the year the tears flow.

Arghhhh…enough. Let’s talk about this curry before I tear up too.

tomatoes on the vine

I adore this chickpea tomato and spinach curry.

  • it’s healthful
  • it’s simple
  • you don’t need any cooking skills to speak of
  • it’s full-bodied and delicious and
  • it freezes well.

Did I mention the walking away part? Perfect for busy weeknight dinners or those nights when you’re all turned around thinking how you broke your kid’s heart, this curry takes a few quick stirs and you’re off. Off to read a magazine. Off for a quick cup of tea. Off to wallow.

two bowls of chickpea, tomato and spinach curry on a marbled background with a blue linen crumbled to the corner

I’m joking. Sort of. The point is, you’ll have the time. Once the juicy cherry tomatoes are bathed in Indian spices and begin to blister and the chickpeas are added with coconut milk and stock, you can reduce the heat and walk away. Come back 40-minutes later to add some fresh baby spinach and dinner is served. If you love a good curry and you love your meals fuss-free and delicious, try this walk-away chickpea tomato and spinach curry. For the nights you need to walk away.

Enjoy x.

If you try this dish, please let me know!  Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #mygoodnesskitchen on Instagram. I’d love to see what you come up with.  I hope you love this curry as much as my family does ! Cheers, friends.

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Walk-Away Chickpea, Tomato and Spinach Curry

A dinner you can throw in a pot and walk away from, this Chickpea Tomato and Spinach Curry is super simple, robust and aromatic.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Vegan Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 245kcal
Author Amanda

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 large onion or 2 regular (optional for a thicker sauce) finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 400 grams cherry tomatoes, halved approx 2 punnets
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt plus more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 480 grams cooked chickpeas cooked or 2 cans (drained)
  • 400 ml coconut milk 1 can
  • 200 ml vegetable stock 1/2 can
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa or rice to serve
  • chilli flakes to serve optional

Instructions

  • Melt the coconut oil in a heavy-based pot over medium heat and add the  onion and cook for 5-7 minutes or until soft. Add the garlic and tomatoes. Stir in the garam masala, curry powder, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, ginger, tomato paste and sea salt. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the chickpeas and stir through to coat. Add the coconut milk and vegetable stock and bring the mixture up to a boil. Reduce the heat to low  and cook with the pot lid off for approximately 40 minutes or until the sauce is thick and creamy. Stir in the baby spinach and allow it to wilt gently. 
  • Remove the curry from the heat and serve with a smattering of chilli flakes and cooked rice or quinoa. 

Notes

After adding the coconut milk I half fill the empty can with the vegetable stock. 
I have added a large diced onion to the recipe to help create a thicker curry sauce in less time. 

Nutrition

Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Sodium: 595mg | Potassium: 496mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1385IU | Vitamin C: 19.7mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 4.2mg

Overhead image of a rustic white bowl of chickpea tomato and spinach curry on a marbled grey surface with a light blue linen cloth and a wooden bowl of chilli seeds nearby. Title text overlay in white.

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Ciera

5 stars
I absolutely love this dish it’s so yummy, I cook it once a week!

Martina
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Martina

5 stars
Wow. I love this curry and it has quickly become a family favourite, satisfying my vegetarian diet, my df/gf spouse and my picky eater teen. Everyone loves it! Thank you so much for this fantastic recipe!

Nea
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Nea

5 stars
So great! I want to add carrot next time

Alexandra
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Alexandra

I’m confused why one large diced onion would yield a thicker sauce than two medium diced onions.

Marissa
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Marissa

I love it taste yummy

Ashley Dickerson
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Ashley Dickerson

We just made this tonight and it was so yummy! A family favorite.! My 3 year old who dislikes tomatoes kept asking for more and my husband who has been skeptical of replacing a number of our meals with vegetarian dishes loved it too!

Pilar
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Pilar

I haven’t made it yet, it’s for tomorrow, but I’d like to know if I can use tin of tomatoes instead of cherry tomatoes?
ThanksPil

Amy
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Amy

absolutely amazing dish, tried it – one of the best currys ive had ever. And very good for you

A M
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A M

5 stars
Made it tonight and thought it simple and easy to cook. I left it on the hob and totally forgot about it and was rewarded with a really delicious and nutritious curry.
Ten out of ten for a great recipe, it doesn’t need to be messed with but
I may chuck in some sweet potato next time I cook it but then I think sweet potato can go in everything.
Thanks for sharing it.

Mary
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Mary

5 stars
Delicious! I gathered & measured/chopped all the ingredients before beginning to cook, and this came together in minutes! Used frozen garlic cubes (the ones from Trader Joe’s) which made it even easier.

I added about a half-teaspoon of kashmiri pepper (since I was flat out of red pepper flakes), which gave it a nice kick. Will definitely be adding this to my weekday go-to list!

Becky
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Becky

Hi! Do the leftover freeze well?

Haley
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Haley

5 stars
Delicious! It’s on our regular dinner rotation and even my very non-vegetarian husband enjoys it.

Kristen
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Kristen

Question, I’ve never cooked with cardamom. I didn’t know it was big seeds. Do you put the whole thing in and just leave it? Is it meant to be removed like a bay leaf at some point?

Simone
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Simone

5 stars
I made this last night and it was amazing!

Monica
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Monica

Just to make sure, is it 480 grams of dry, not cooked, chickpeas ? 🙂

Helen
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Helen

5 stars
I have made this twice. It is so delicious. Wondering if anyone has substituted lite coconut milk? If yes, did you get the same results? Thanks in advance.

Jennifer
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Jennifer

4 stars
This is on rotation at our house and my two and four year olds love it. Thanks for sharing!

Dakota
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Dakota

Both times I’ve made this the sauce hasn’t thickened. It’s delicious regardless but I don’t know why it’s still watery after 50 minutes of cooking. The only differences I made were excluding the cardamom and ginger (just don’t have them) and using veggie broth instead of stock. Maybe I didn’t boil it enough? I love it anyway.

Marlene Clausen
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Marlene Clausen

A long story short, my mom held me back from advancing (with excellent grades) to third grade so I could go through school with kids my own age instead of being the youngest. I am 67 years old and I still resent being held back for, as I see it, no good reason. All through school, my friends were the older kids and I dated older boys. If your daughter has the self-assurance and intellectual ability to keep up, please let her. We seem to be far more driven by arbitrary numbers rather than the individual.

yvonne
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yvonne

This was really tasty, I appreciated you including measurements that those of us in the USA could use. My tip would be Don’t put a cover on (I know it doesn’t say too but I did out of habit) I couldn’t figure out why it was so watery until I took the cover off and let it cook down. I also put a pinch of pepper in to get the full benefits of the curry/tumeric. Thanks for the recipe!

christine dugdale
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5 stars
Oh you poor girl, what a decision to have to make! Here, we have no choice. My January baby started school aged 4 and just sailed through with all the others. In her case, it worked just fine, she was generally at or near the top of the class and enjoyed herself. She got her PhD last year. But all children are different, and you are the best judge of what will suit your precious daughter best. Heartbreak is a terrible thing at any age, and I feel for you. Good luck with it x

Michelle @ The Last Food Blog
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Oh, my heart! You are definitely doing the right thing by your girl, she will be fine and will make lots of new friends. And then when she does go to primary school she will be fierce! This curry is perfect and thanks for sharing your grocery list in your email, that is so helpful x