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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12 Responses to “Sugar Cookie Bars”

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    Katie — April 7, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY! I love this idea!! 🙂

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    cateskitchen — April 7, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Perfect! I crave sugar cookies a lot but just can’t handle the rolling out process sometimes.

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    wyndesnow — April 7, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    These look yummy! My kids are always asking me to make sugar cookies and I start out strong and by the end am regretting making them. This may be the perfect tradeoff.

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    madebymel — April 7, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Yum! These look delicious and way easier than frosting individual cookies!

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    Kerstin — April 7, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    What a great idea – I rarely take the time to make cookies since bars are so much faster and just as tasty. I love all the sprinkles too 🙂

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    bcallegra — April 8, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Just the recipe I was looking for – I may have to try it this week as an Easter treat for my coworkers.

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    Jen — April 8, 2009 at 2:15 am

    Anyone who is thinking about making these definitely should. They’re seriously SO GOOD. I just made them Sunday and I’m making them again for Easter.

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    Mermaid Sweets — April 8, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    I had the same reaction when they popped up in my google reader – and now again this time. They are on my list!

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    Dawn — April 12, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    I keep seeing these and now I must try them. I love, no crave, sugar cookies all the time.

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    finsmom — April 14, 2009 at 4:22 am

    I will be making this soon! Looks incredible!
    Thanks for sharing!

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    Ingrid — April 14, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Yum, I’ve made these before. They are excellent and soooo much easier. Yours looks good. I’m going to try them with buttercream instead of cream cheese frosting next time.
    ~ingrid

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    Hui Min — July 18, 2010 at 6:00 am

    I think it will be better to put up the size of the baking pan too.
    Thank you very much for the recipe. =D

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