Ghanaian Spinach Stew with Chickpeas (Vegan)

I was first introduced to the Ghanaian spinach stew over a decade ago when my husband Michael and I first started dating. It’s traditionally made with either red meat such as beef, lamb, or tuna, mackerel, and eggs. 

I remember Michael’s dad used to cook it on low for hours, letting it simmer on the stove and infuse all those flavours. His version was always my favourite.

As time went on, and we both became vegan, we needed to make some adjustments to the recipe. We weren’t prepared to say goodbye to this delicious stew that I, in particular, had learned to love over the years. 

So we leaned on Michael’s sister and worked out that chickpeas worked really well in this spinach stew. We also know that not everyone has time to have it simmer on the stove for hours, and have managed to achieve a very similar result with half the amount of time!

Each time his sister would make a batch for the family when we would visit, she would separate some for us and add the chickpeas. Such an easy dish to adjust!

With such simple, staple ingredients, you can make this recipe when you’re standing in your kitchen scratching your head wondering what to make for dinner. 

It’s a budget-friendly, healthy, flavourful and a hands-off recipe to make for the whole family to enjoy. And what I mean by hands-off is that you don’t need to do too much. You can walk away if you need to and it won’t be a disaster. 

Ghanaian Spinach Stew with Chickpeas (Vegan)

It uses frozen spinach so you can whip this up whenever you feel like it. We have at least a few boxes of frozen spinach in our freezer, ready to go. 

With limited fresh ingredients required for this Ghanaian spinach stew, you can plan it out as part of your weekly meal rotation very easily. 

It takes no more than 40 minutes to make, and will fill you up! 

You might also remember this recipe from over five years ago when we first launched TMV and included it (at the time) in our free One Week of Meals Cookbook. I cannot believe it has taken us so long to put it up on the website for all of you to enjoy!

Ghanaian Spinach Stew with Chickpeas (Vegan)

This Ghanaian spinach stew with chickpeas can be served with:

  • Brown rice (as pictured)
  • White rice
  • Yams
  • Plantain
  • Kenkey (fermented ground white corn)
  • Taro root

Such a simple, yet delicious meal. I’m so grateful to be able to continue enjoying this meal, vegan or not.

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Ghanaian Spinach Stew with Chickpeas

Ghanaian Spinach Stew with Chickpeas

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

A budget-friendly, super easy stew that utilises staple ingredients in your pantry. A tasty addition to your weekly rotation.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup rice bran oil, or any other neutral cooking oil
  • 1 medium-size yellow/brown onion, diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 knob of ginger (see pictured), minced
  • ½ tsp chilli powder, or to taste
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 can (400g) diced tomato
  • 500g (1.1 pounds) of frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 can (425g) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large pot on medium heat, add the oil, onion, garlic and ginger. Saute for around 8 minutes until the onions start to brown a little and it has released a nice aroma. Stirring occasionally.
  2. Add in the chilli and turmeric powders and stir in well, cooking for a further couple of minutes.
  3. Followed by tomato paste and cook for a minute or so, stirring and combining well.
  4. Now you add in the diced tomatoes and simmer for a few minutes, with the lid slightly askew.
  5. Add in the spinach and put the lid back on. This will help for the spinach to nicely defrost and dissolve into the tomato sauce. Give it a stir after a few minutes. Letting it cook all together for around 5 minutes.
  6. Lastly, add in the drained chickpeas and season to taste, stir and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Serve with rice or any other suggestions that I've listed above.

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Ghanaian Spinach Stew with Chickpeas (Vegan)

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  • avis 10/04/2020 Reply

    I sub with cannelloni beans. You definitely inspire my cooking for my clients and love ones.
    Thank you.

  • Dan 06/04/2020 Reply

    I love the look of this meal. Spinach and chickpea is such a great combination! I will add this to my pinterest meals. Would you check out my meals & vegan gifts if you get chance on plantbasedcards.co.uk thanks 😀

  • avis 30/03/2020 Reply

    Made it last night for dinner we loved it but I had to substitute the beans because for some reason I can’t eat chickpeas anymore. It just leaves me feeling awful.
    On a happy note I always loved your blog after another chef friend of mind told me about you. But now I love you even more because you are married to an African.
    Next recipe will be the African Peanut soup…my husband keeps asking for something with Peanut sauce.

    • Glad you enjoyed it! What did you sub them for? Or just left them out?
      Hahaha happy to hear you love our blog 🙂 Means a lot. I hope you enjoy the soup!

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