Mediterranean cuisine for every day

Chickpeas with spinach

11 comments Dec 29th, 2009 | By | Category: easy and fast, Recipes, Side Dishes, Starters

Escaping the busy new year time in Athens I have escaped to Hydra. Here in the Saronic golf things are going slow and quiet. This is exactly what I was looking for. The weather is fabulous and I could enjoy lunch in a t-shirt. Being a chickpea lover I have prepared chickpeas with spinach. A delicious simple dish that tasted even better after all the rich Christmas food.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

soack chickpeas over night

cooking time: 15 minutes

very simple recipe


  • 1/4 kilogram chickpeas (dry)
  • 1/4 kilogram fresh spinach
  • one red onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 tea spoon of honey
  • salt and peper
  • some olive oil


Soak the chickpeas over night. Drain and then boil them. Boiling them for 15 minutes should do. You could also use canned chickpeas.

Wash the spinach well and chop it into pieces.

Cube the onions very fine and fry them in a pot with olive oil. Add the finely chopped garlic.

After a few minutes add the honey, salt and pepper. Add the spinach and fry for a few minutes. Now add the chickpeas, the lemon juice and some water. The ingredients should be just covered with liquid.

Simmer for 15 minutes.

Crush some chickpeas with a fork. The liquid will reduce and you will result with a thick sauce. The spinach will have become creamy.

TIP: Serve with a slice of Feta cheese.

The German Version of the recipe is here.

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  1. mmm, looks creamy and delicious. very simple recipe, but i wouldn’t have thought to add a sweetener. will definitely try it out.

  2. A healthy and tasty dish!

    Best wishes for 2010!



  3. A wonderful winter salad/side dish. Enjoy the remainder of your holidays in Hydra.

  4. I love that !
    Have nice holidays !

  5. I combination I have never tried but sounds great and healthy. My best wishes to you and your family for the New Year and enjoy your holidays.

  6. this dish is also cooked with black-eyed peas (beans) instead of chickpeas
    delicious combination either way
    happy new year!

  7. Hi Marina,
    I did not know that. Great input, thanks.

  8. The perfect dish after the carnivorous christmas season! Happy New Year Tobias!

  9. Very close to a dish that is made here in Lebanon; I just got back to the US (it is freezing in Dallas) and I have got some goodies from Lebanon with me if interested; I am giving them away for free with a draw.
    Sorry I could not participate on your Lebanese contest, but i want to do the one on Croatia, especially since my grandmother was Croatian!

  10. Chickpeas and spinach – a great combo. It looks so very delicious.

  11. Chickpeas and spinach — my favorite! Feta cheese, too! Perfect recipe for me! Thanks!


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