Tamarind-Spiced Chickpeas and Spinach

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 17 mins

Recipe adapted from the Whole Foods website. This is a simple and quick meal- great for weeknights. And it's low fat, too. Serve over brown rice or another whole grain.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil spray in large non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and sauté until softened and golden brown, about 7 minutes. Add small amounts of water as needed to keep onions from burning.
  3. Add cumin, coriander and cayenne to skillet and stir to coat onion with spices.
  4. Cook for one minute then add diced tomatoes, with their juice, water, sugar, red pepper flakes and tamarind concentrate. Stir to mix well.
  5. Add chickpeas and bring mixture to a gentle boil. Reduce heat and simmer over medium-low heat, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  6. Stir in spinach until wilted. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Most Helpful

I followed the recipe exactly and it was very bland. I was able to save it by adding additional ingredients, but as written, the recipe wasn't very good. There are much better chickpea recipes out there.

falafel September 25, 2013

This was a good Sunday afternoon lunch. Simple and quick to prepare and full of good things. Served over brown rice. Surprisingly bland when reheated the next day. Eat it fresh!

EmilyStrikesAgain March 15, 2010