Chickpea and Spinach Curry

Chickpea and Spinach Curry - Chana Palak - vegan, gluten free

Serve this delicious Indian Chickpea and Spinach Curry (Chana Palak or Chole Palak) over steamed rice for a perfect vegan and gluten free comfort food meal on chilly days.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 313 kcal
Author Leelalicious


  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons oil I prefer avocado or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder like cayenne
  • 1 large tomato diced
  • 10 ounces fresh spinach about 5 cups
  • 1 15- ounce can chickpeas drained (about 1.5 cups cooked beans)
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • lime juice
  • tamari or fish sauce/soy sauce if not vegan/gluten free


  1. Heat one tablespoon of oil in a large skillet and sauté the diced onion until translucent.
  2. Push onion to side and add the other tablespoon of oil (if it is all absorbed). Add the cumin seeds and toast until they crackle. Then add minced garlic, bay leaves, coriander powder, ginger, and chili powder. Toast the spices for about a minute until fragrant.
  3. Stir in the tomato dices and simmer for 5-7 minutes until very soft and broken down.
  4. Add the fresh spinach - in batches if necessary (and 1/4 - 1/2 cup water it seems too dry), stir until wilted and softened.
  5. Remove the bay leaves and transfer everything else to a blender. Pulse until mixture reaches desired consistency. I like it a little bit chunky but you can also puree until smooth.
  6. Return the curry to the skillet and add the chickpeas, garam masala, and salt.
  7. Simmer the chickpea and spinach curry for 2-3 minutes. Taste and adjust flavors to taste with freshly squeezed lime juice and Tamari (or fish sauce/soy sauce, if not vegan/gluten free).
  8. Serve Chana Palak with cilantro over steamed (brown) rice or with roti.
Nutrition Facts
Chickpea and Spinach Curry - Chana Palak - vegan, gluten free
Amount Per Serving
Calories 313 Calories from Fat 76
% Daily Value*
Fat 8.4g13%
Sodium 1300mg54%
Carbohydrates 46.9g16%
Fiber 21.2g85%
Sugar 8.4g9%
Protein 25.9g52%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.