Chickpea and Spinach Saag With Wild Rice

Serves: 4
Takes: 25 mins

This quick spinach curry is packed full of nutrients and is incredibly tasty. It’s a midweek winner which is the perfect blend of comforting but not stodgy and too filling.

When To Eat

I recommend eating this dish from May to October when British spinach will be widely available.


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Name Amount KG CO2e
Onion 1 Medium 0.026
Ginger 50 g 0.044
Garlic 1 Clove 0.006
Tomato Paste 1 Tablespoon 0.047
Garam Masala 1 Tablespoon 0.021
Chilli Powder 1 Teaspoon 0.008
Turmeric 1 Teaspoon 0.008
Vegetable Stock 250 ml 0.146
Cooked Chickpeas 200 g 0.154
Spinach 400 g 0.216
Coriander 30 g 0.024
Wild Rice 300 g 0.765
Sunflower Oil 2 Tablespoons 0.094

This meal is around 88% less polluting than the average UK meal.

  • Eating this recipe will save around 2.59 kg CO2e per person.
  • That's equivalent to the emissions produced driving 21.37km in a modern car.


  • First cook the rice. Place the rice in a medium pan over a high heat. Pour water to cover the rice by about an inch. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 20 - 25 minutes until the rice is soft and fluffy. Drain and reserve in the pan, keeping warm.
  • Peel and dice the ginger and onion. Peel and crush the garlic with the back of a knife, then add it to a small blender with the ginger, onion, and 1 tablespoon of water. Blend until the mixture reaches a smooth consistency. (If you don’t have a blender, peel and grate the onion and ginger and finely chop the garlic).
  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan, over a medium heat, and add the onion paste mixture. Fry the onion for about 3 - 5 minutes until the onions soften. Add the tumeric and garam masala and cook for about a minute more, then stir in the tomato paste and fry for a further minute. Tip in the chickpeas and stir the mixture to coat the chickpeas in the spice mixture. Season to taste.
  • Wash and clean the spinach, then tip into the pan with the chickpeas. Pour over the stock and cook for about 5 minutes until the spinach has wilted fully and the sauce has thickened. Slice the coriander and sprinkle into the curry sauce, reserving some for garnish.
  • Plate the rice and pour a little of the curry on each plate, top with the remaining coriander.
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