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Indian Spiced Chard and Chickpea Curry

Stumped for dinner? Pull this skillet chard and chickpea curry out of your back pocket. Curry powder and fresh ginger give the leafy greens and nut-like beans a spicy East Indian flair. Pair with quinoa or rice for an easy weeknight meal!

Chard and chickpea curry with quinoa in blue-edge bowl

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Healthy fresh greens and toothsome protein-rich chickpeas make a perfect pair.  I mean, they travel all over the world as a sociable twosome, mingling in Mexican, Italian, Spanish and Thai cuisines. You will love this Indian-curry spiced pairing. Serve with quinoa or brown rice with sweet tangy chutney and cooling plain yogurt on the side.

The simplest, quickest way to make Indian-spiced curry like this chard and chickpea combo is to use a curry powder blend. The bottle in my cupboard right now lists coriander as the first ingredient, with turmeric, mustard, cumin, fenugreek, paprick, cayenne, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves.

The distinct rich yellow-orange hue in Indian curry powder comes from turmeric. To bump up the curry flavor, today’s chickpea and chard curry includes extra turmeric and cayenne, and fresh ginger, garlic, and red onion.

Chard Marries Chickpeas

Do you remember when you first tasted curry? Was it Indian curry or Thai curry? “Curry” is a catchall term for hot and spicy sauces from both India and Thailand. The term curry refers to a blend of spices blend, not one spice all by itself.

**** Thai curries. You can easily turn this recipe into a Thai curry by subbing in a slurry of Thai red curry paste and coconut milk for the curry powder, turmeric, and broth. (2 to 3 teaspoons red curry paste mashed into one (15-ounce) can of coconut milk.)

**** Chard and chickpeas come together again in chard and chickpeas with a simple avocado sauce!

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  • Corinne Crandall

    We love this dish. Made it last night with 10oz baby spinach in lieu of chard and added some tempeh. Topped with some mango chutney and a glob of plain greek yogurt. It smells and tastes so good. Outstanding! Reply · 31 May, 2016

    • Thanks Corinne! I’m so happy you enjoy the recipe and equally glad you felt comfortable substituting spinach for the chard! Reply · 31 May, 2016

  • Kelly

    just made this tonight — absolutely fantastic! Reply · 29 May, 2017

    • Thank you Kelly–I’m glad you enjoyed it! Reply · 9 June, 2017

  • Lorraine Farrow

    I think this recipe as is would be great. I made changes just because that’s what I had on hand. Instead of veg stock I added homemade tomato sauce and extra water to get consistency right. Also added some chunky sliced mushrooms as I only had a cup of chickpeas. Excellent flavours, and adding lemon juice and cilantro as the end really hits the mark. Something I would not have thought of, so Thankyou. Will definitely be cooking this again. Reply · 2 January, 2022

    • Love, love, love your creativity with what you had on hand! Reply · 5 January, 2022

  • Sarah

    Had some chard that was past its best (been in the ground too long and gone bitter) but you can’t tell at all with this recipe! I didn’t use chickpeas but I made a massive batch load and froze individual portions to use as a side dish. I microwave cook it from frozen and its completely perfect! A great way to use up old veg and an easy way to add greens to your meals. Reply · 10 August, 2022

    • Thank you Sarah. What a good idea to make a “massive” batch, freeze in portions and serve as side dish! Reply · 13 August, 2022

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