Indian Spinach and Chickpeas

This is one of those meals that we’ll be making again and again. It comes together in no time, uses ingredients that we usually have around the house, and tastes awesome. I did have to go buy some garam masala, but I’ve been meaning to anyways so that we can start making Indian food at home. Since Hubby lived in India for 3 months a few years ago, he loves it. The garam masala definitely give the distinct flavor of Indian food.

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Indian Chickpeas and Spinach

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients:

Two cans chickpeas, drained & rinsed
10 oz frozen spinach, thawed & drained
1 1/2 cups (~1 can) tomato sauce
1/3 cup whipping cream, at room temperature
3 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp Asian chili garlic sauce
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp garam masala

Directions:

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook 2-3 minutes. Add chickpeas and toast, stirring frequently, for another 2 minutes or so.

Add tomato sauce and bring to a simmer. Stir in all remaining spices and check seasoning, adding more of your favorite spices if desired.

Whisk in cream and return to a gentle simmer, stirring frequently.

Begin adding spinach in batches. Once all spinach is added, turn the heat down very low and cover. Simmer 5 minutes covered, and hold warm until ready to serve. I served over brown rice.

Recipe adapted from Savory Spicy Sweet

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9 Responses to “Goat Cheese and Sundried Tomato Appetizers”

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    Joelen — April 8, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    These look amazing and what a great entry to this month’s Tasty Tools! Thanks for your submission! 🙂

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    Melissa — April 8, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Ooohhh….I love sun dried tomatoes & goat cheese, I’ll have to try these.

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    Amy Kingman — April 8, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Wow! Delicious!!!! I’m totally gonna have to make these!

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    Mermaid Sweets — April 8, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    I am a sucker for sundried tomatoes and basil. And I host a lot and this looks like a great app to have. Thanks,

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    Stephanie Wagner — April 9, 2009 at 1:26 am

    These look cute and delish! You’ve turned me into a big fan of goat cheese. So mild and tasty!

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    Jen — April 9, 2009 at 1:56 am

    So glad you’re starting to like goat cheese Steph – I live on it since it’s easier for me to digest than cow’s milk cheese.

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    the happy couple — April 9, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    love this! i am a vegetarian and i married a carnivore (www.cooking4carnivores.com) and i am always looking for ways to sneak him vegetables. i think a little spinach in these would do the trick. thanks for the idea!

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    Ashley — April 11, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    These look wonderful! I love goat cheese…yum!

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    Elizabeth — April 22, 2009 at 1:07 am

    This looks great – I love all the ingredients!

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