Braised Coconut Spinach with Chickpeas and Lemon Recipe

Blake Royer

Generally when it comes to curry-like dishes, I opt for authenticity. The variety of dishes across Asia that fall under the general moniker of "curry" is astonishing, made up of a vast variety of seasonings and combinations that could fill a lifetime of cooking (and it would be a pretty happy one). With so much out there to explore, I'm sometimes a little suspicious of recipes that mess with authenticity.

But for some reason, I loved this dish from The Kitchn that sneaks sun-dried tomatoes into a dish of coconut milk, chickpeas, and spinach. It somehow works really well. They don't call it a curry, but the technique and flavor are pretty close to one. In the end, this is a healthy, easy-to-prepare recipe (that also happens to be vegan).

Adapted from The Kitchn.

Recipe Facts

Active: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins
Serves: 4 servings

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  • 2 teaspoons oil or ghee
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 4 large cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger, from a 3-inch piece
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 large lemon, zested and juiced (about 2 tablespoons juice)
  • 1 dried hot red pepper or dash of red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 pound baby spinach
  • 1 14-ounce can coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Cilantro leaves, to garnish
  • Toasted unsweetened coconut, to garnish
  • Cooked rice, for serving


  1. In a large, heavy pot (such as a Dutch oven), heat the oil or ghee over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the onion and cook until soft and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, grated ginger, sun-dried tomatoes, lemon zest, and red pepper, if using. Cook until the garlic is fragrant, 1-2 minutes.

  2. Add the chickpeas and increase the heat to high. Cook until the chickpeas are beginning to turn golden, 3-4 minutes. Stir often to prevent burning.

  3. Add the spinach to the pot (you may have to add it in batches until there's enough room), then add the lemon juice, coconut milk, salt, and ground ginger. Bring to a simmer, and cook until the spinach is very soft and the chickpeas are tender, 10-15 minutes. Season to taste with more salt and lemon juice as needed.

  4. Serve garnished with cilantro and toasted coconut with rice.