Chickpea and Spinach Stew Recipe

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Beverly Published: March 10, 2021 Modified: June 1, 2021

How To Make Chickpea and Spinach Stew

Have a warm and filling bowl of this chickpea and spinach stew cooked with raisins and tomatoes in a garlicky, spiced sauce, for a mouthwatering meal!

Preparation: 9 minutes
Cooking: 21 minutes
Total: 30 minutes



  • 1cupwater
  • 10ozbaby spinach
  • 2garlic cloves
  • kosher salt
  • 1pinchsaffron threads
  • 2tspsweet paprika
  • ¼tspground cumin
  • 1pinchground cloves
  • 1pinchfreshly ground pepper
  • 2chickpeas,with their liquid
  • ¼cupextra virgin olive oil
  • 1onion
  • 1tomatoes,peeled
  • ¼cupgolden raisins
  • crusty bread


  1. Pour the water into a large deep skillet and bring it to a boil. Add the spinach leaves and cook over high heat for about 2 minutes, tossing frequently, until wilted.

  2. Drain the spinach in a colander, pressing hard on the leaves to extract the liquid. Coarsely chop the spinach.

  3. Using the flat side of a large knife, mash the garlic to a paste with ½ teaspoon of salt and the saffron. Transfer the garlic paste to a small bowl.

  4. Add the paprika, cumin, cloves, and black pepper and mash until combined. Stir in ¼ cup of the chickpea liquid.

  5. Wipe out the skillet. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the skillet and heat until shimmering. Add the onion and tomato and cook over moderately high heat for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they are softened.

  6. Add the spiced garlic sauce to the onion and tomato in the skillet and cook for 1 minute. Add the chickpeas and the remaining liquid to the skillet.

  7. Add the raisins and bring to a boil over moderately high heat. Add the spinach, reduce the heat to moderate, and simmer for 15 minutes.

  8. Transfer the chickpea stew to 4 deep bowls, and drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil on top.

  9. Serve with crusty bread, and enjoy!


  • Calories: 1033.95kcal
  • Fat: 27.63g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.32g
  • Trans Fat: 0.00g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 13.00g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 7.80g
  • Carbohydrates: 156.13g
  • Fiber: 30.62g
  • Sugar: 31.90g
  • Protein: 49.09g
  • Sodium: 1026.81mg
  • Calcium: 222.34mg
  • Potassium: 2225.82mg
  • Iron: 12.33mg
  • Vitamin A: 380.46µg
  • Vitamin C: 36.19mg
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