Tamarind chickpeas

Tamarind and fennel seeds complement each other in this vegetarian dish from Uttar Pradesh

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:25 mins
  • Serves 2
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 334
  • fat 11g
  • saturates 1g
  • carbs 45g
  • sugars 5g
  • fibre 9g
  • protein 16g
  • salt 1.34g


  • 1 tbsp vegetable or sunflower oil
  • ½ tsp nigella seeds (look for these in supermarkets)
  • 1½ tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 3 green chillies, seeded and cut into qurters lengthways
  • 2-3 tsp light muscovado sugar
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 410g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • half a 250g/9oz bag baby spinach leaves
  • natural yogurt and chapatis, to serve


  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan, fry the nigella and fennel seeds for about 10 seconds. Add the onion and cook gently for 8-10 minutes until golden.

  2. Mix in the tomatoes, chillies, sugar, paprika, turmeric and chickpeas. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the tamarind and coriander. Add the spinach leaves and stir gently until they’ve just wilted. Serve with yogurt and chapatis.

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