April 27th, 2008

Chickpea and Spinach Curry with Homemade Naans Category: Recipes

Prompted by a comment on Jules blog about her Bombay Chicken Masala I went searching for the Chickpea Curry in Sarah Raven’s Garden Cookbook. The recipe actually calls for Kale but I didn’t fancy that yesterday so swapped with some Spinach. It was creamy and full of flavour and something I cant wait to cook again.

Chickpea and Spinach Curry

Here is my slightly altered recipe:


  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, or 2 small ones, finely chopped
  • Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 heaped teaspoon medium curry powder
  • 12g fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 green chilli, finely sliced
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 x 420g tin chickpeas, drained & rinsed
  • 1/2 400ml tin of coconut milk
  • 125g mushrooms, halved (or cut into tiny little bits for Husbands who don’t like them much)
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 stick of lemon grass (bruised)
  • Large bag of spinach
  • Basmati rice to serve
  • Naans, optional – see recipe below


  1. Heat oil in large pan (I used a deep frying pan) and fry onion and garlic until soft
  2. Add curry powder, fresh ginger, chilli, salt and pepper & stir
  3. Add chickpeas, coconut milk, mushrooms, lime juice and lemon grass
  4. Simmer for 30 minutes
  5. When rice is ready to be drained, add spinach until wilted – rice can be drying whilst this happens
  6. Serve with rice and naan bread

The recipe also calls for Thai fish sauce & soy but to be honest I didn’t think it needed anymore flavour adding (nothing to do with the fact that I forgot to add these!!)

Chickpea and Spinach Curry

I though it would be fun to make some naan breads too & found a recipe in the same cookbook. If you are going to make these I’d suggest you start these first & leave them to rise for 30 minutes before starting on the curry.

Ingredients (makes 12)

  • 450g strong white bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 60g butter + a little extra for brushing
  • 4 tablespoons natural yoghurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 egg
  • Nigella seeds


  1. Put flour, yest, salt and baking powder in a food processor
  2. In a small pan, warm the milk, yoghurt & butter
  3. Once butter has melted take pan of heat & add the egg and bicarbonate of soda
  4. Add this liquid to the food processor and wizz to a dough – I needed to add extra milk as it as too dry
  5. Once a ball of dough has formed leave in a warm place covered with a damp cloth
  6. Leave to rise for an hour (mine didn’t look like it has risen much, but don’t despair!)
  7. Knock back dough with food processor then divide into halves – I have frozen one half, not sure if this will work!
  8. Each half should be divided into six small balls to be shaped into naans
  9. Leave these naans to settle for 10 minutes
  10. Heat a frying pan – I put mine too high so I’d suggest a low-medium heat
  11. Melt remainder of butter & brush into one side of the naans & sprinkle with Nigella seeds
  12. Cook in a dry non-stick frying pan for a couple of minutes each side

Homemade Naan Bread

5 Responses to “Chickpea and Spinach Curry with Homemade Naans”

This curry looks wonderful and healthy. I can’t believe I didn’t spot this and the nanns in the cookbook before!

Wow thank you so much for this wonderful recipe. i like it a lot and it looks really delicious!
Good job :-)

Looks delicious!

The photos you snapped of this dish are making my mouth water just looking at them! ;-) I can’t wait to try this delectable-looking recipe!

I love Indian food, & do the same thing you do when it comes to recipes, altering ingredients to make it taste better or create new recipes from scratch. ;-)

You’re welcome to visit my foodie/recipe blog, which happens to have several Indian food recipes as well. ;-)

I’ve subscribed to your blog & look forward to reading more!


Jules – if it hadn’t been for that comment i would have missed it too! But there again thats what I like about that book, you keep discovering new things :)

Thanks Silvia :)

Marc, it certainly tasted delicious, you should give it a try.

Cyberpenguin, I’m on my way over to visit now… thank you for your kind comments

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