Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/4 cups chickpea mixture and 1/2 cup rice)

Look for garam masala--an Indian blend--in the spice aisle; Spice Islands and McCormick make it.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook rice according to package directions; drain.

Step 2

While rice cooks, heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion; sauté 5 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Stir in garam masala; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add chickpeas, tomatoes, and spinach; cook 2 minutes or until spinach wilts, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in yogurt and salt. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve over rice.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Great meatless meal

September 13, 2016
Love that this recipe uses exotic spices but is not overpowering. My 2 year old and meat-loving partner love it! I make it monthly.


February 12, 2016
This dish has nice flavors and it was easy to make.  But the men in my family wanted to know where the meat was! 

kristyandcraig's Review

August 27, 2014
I have never made any recipe that had indian influences before but my husband and I really enjoyed this. I followed the comments and added extra masala, red pepper, paprika, and garlic. The recipe wasn't blow your mind good, but it was defiantly something I would make again. It was easy to make, quick, cheap, and something different than what we usually make. This was also a filling meal, which is sometimes hard to accomplish when cooking vegetarian main dishes for meat-loving husbands.

jupett's Review

August 10, 2014

dmloss's Review

June 09, 2014
This is a good base recipe, but you definitely have to make modifications. I added 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika and 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper. It was really good, but I think next time I might add more garam masala and maybe more smoked paprika. If I didn't make the additions, the recipe as is would be 2 stars.

smithker's Review

May 23, 2014
I made this last night and it was great. I did modify the recipe thought after reading other reviews. I added an extra half can of tomato and added the masala to taste, much more than the recipe called for as well as some madras hot curry powder. I also added some zucchini. It came out awesome and my husband loved it too. It was so easy to make, no question I will make this again.

Donnamaz's Review

May 06, 2014

Cookerkel's Review

March 16, 2014
I loved this recipe! It is so easy and delicious. It's especially easy if you use the pre-cooked brown rice in the pouch. I will definitely make it again.

mstepp's Review

March 14, 2014
I have made this recipe twice and have enjoyed it both times. I agree that the garam masala should be increased to taste. I will try the paprika as suggested below next time. I also doubled the spinach. I will make this again - probably with some regularity.

elisezanotti's Review

February 28, 2014
This was the worst "curry" dish I have ever tried to make. I followed the recipe exactly. Bland. Added more spice + more salt. Did not help. I wish I used the money for the ingredients at an actual Indian restauant.