Chickpea Spinach Curry

Chickpea Spinach Curry (from Vegan Richa)
This dish can be made simply in a pressure cooker or on the stove.
  • ¾ cup dried chickpeas, soaked for at least 4 hours in warm water
  • ½ medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 hot green chile, finely chopped
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled and minced
  • ½ tsp each ground cumin, garam masala, paprika
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 15 oz can tomatoes or 2 large tomatoes diced
  • 1.5 cups water (1 cup for a thicker dish)
  • 2-3 packed cups chopped spinach, chard or combination greens (10 to 12 oz)
  • 1 cup non dairy milk
  • 1 tbsp or more lemon juice
  • cayenne and garam masala for garnish
Instant Pot Directions:
  1. Drain the soaked chickpeaas, wash well, drain and set aside. (Can also use 1 15 oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed).
  2. Mince and mix together or process the onion, ginger, garlic and hot chile. Add to Instant Pot with a little water and press the saute button. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add the spices (cumin garam masala, paprika, coriander) and mix in. Add the tomatoes and bring to a boil. Mash the larger pieces.
  4. Add washed and drained chickpeas and water. Close the lid and put the knob on sealing.
  5. Press Manual for 25 to 30 minutes.
  6. Quick release after 10 mins. Press saute. Fold in the greens and non dairy milk. Cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes.
  7. Add cayenne and lemon juice and mix in. Serve hot over brown rice.
Saucepan Directions:
1. Follow steps 1 to 3 above in a saucepan over medium heat.
2. Add 1 15 oz can chickpeas (drained and rinsed), or 1.5 cups cooked chickpeas.
3. Cook for 10 minutes. Fold in the greens, and simmer for another 3 to 5 minutes.
4. Add cayenne and lemon and mix in. Serve hot over brown rice.


Chef’s Note:

For creamier result, use ¾ cup coconut milk or non dairy milk + ¾ cup water instead of 1.5 cups water to cook. Or use an immersion blender to blend some of the cooked mixture. The blended chickpeas will thicken it up.

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