Spinach-and-chickpea coconut curry for a quick, easy dinner on Meatless Monday

Categories: Meatless Monday

​No one's saying you have to go meatless just because it's Monday -- but as incentive to join the growing movement, every week we're offering an animal-free recipe.

There are times when the last thing you want to do after getting home from a long day at work is to make dinner -- especially something even semi-healthy. But if you have coconut milk and curry in your pantry (two staples for any plant-based eater) and some fresh or frozen produce, you can make a curry in about half an hour that's so easy (and tasty) that you'll weep with gratitude.


You will need:

4-6 cups baby spinach
1 can coconut milk (can be reduced-fat; Thai Kitchen is by far the best brand)
1 can garbanzo beans
1 can diced tomatoes
3-4 cloves garlic
5 whole cloves or a pinch of powdered cloves
2 teaspoons turmeric
1 tablespoon curry powder
1-2 tablespoons tahini
Rice or pita bread to serve

If you'll be enjoying this curry with rice, get that started before you do anything else.

1. Drain and rinse your garbanzo beans.

2. Place the beans, the diced tomatoes and the coconut milk (if using full-fat, you'll need a spoon to scoop out the cream) together in a large pot on the stove; start warming them up on medium-high heat.

3. Press the garlic into the pot.

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Jenn the Ripper
Jenn the Ripper

Thank you, Ambs, for your posts every week! You have expanded my vegan horizons, and I share your recipes with everyone I know who is not down with meat-in-mouth.


this was super tasty thank u!! i shared it on my food blog on fb.  i think it could use less diced tomatoes as it was a bit tangy.  but seriously was delicious!!


I'm just asking because I really don't know, but why is Thai Kitchen the best brand of coconut milk?  

Amber Taufen
Amber Taufen

Pay special attention tomorrow. The recipe I have planned will blow your mind.

Amber Taufen
Amber Taufen

The others tend to be kind of thin and not as full-bodied. Even the reduced-fat Thai Kitchen version still brings the flavor. As to why that is in terms of production, I couldn't tell you -- I just deal with the results!


Tried this the other night.  Delicious!  Thank you for the recipe!

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