Chana Saag Massala

Ok, so the other day this tweet really annoyed me. Like, seriously. I don’t usually get bothered by what other people do but this… this wound me up. Partly, it is the papers leading photo and I understand that, but ignorance is not an excuse. So – the recipe I’d like to share today is my go-to cheap and easy curry when I don’t have any meat around, or if I’m just feeling Veggie that day: Chana Massala. It’s basically chickpeas, spinach, tomatoes all cooked in some gorgeous spices (if you can) or simple curry powder if that is what you have. I alternate between both depending on what I can be bothered with!

And you know what? I sat and worked out the costs. You can feed a family this healthy, filling dinner for less than a box of Pop Tarts.

Like I said, ignorance is not an excuse. Without further digression…

Easy Chana Saag Massala (for less than a box of Pop Tarts)

Eating a healthful and vegan way doesn't have to be expensive - just look at this chana saag masala, for example!

  • Prep: 10 minutes
  • Cook: 20 minutes
  • Total: 30 minutes
  • Author Luci Rebecca, Made by Luci
  • Serves 2-3
  • Calories 225


  • Frozen spinach, 200g (30p)
  • 1 tin chickpeas, drained (39p)
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes (34p)
  • 1 onion, chopped (12p)
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped/minced (2p)
  • 1cm ginger, chopped/thinly sliced (on about 7g, 10p)
  • 1 tsp curry powder (on 5g, 7p)


  1. Heat the oil in the pan and add the chopped onion, let it cook on a low-medium heat for a few minutes, then add the garlic and ginger for a minute or so.
  2. Add the chickpeas, chopped tomatoes and curry powder. Boil the kettle.
  3. Once the kettle has boiled, use it to cook your rice. Add a little salt.
  4. After about five minutes, add the spinach to your chickpea and and tomato mixture. Stir often to break up the blocks of spinach. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Once the rice is cooked, fluff and divide between the plates. Make a little well in the centre and put the curry mixture in the the middle.


Nutritional info based on 2 servings

Chana Massala

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