Spinach & Garbanzo Beans Tapas


Spinach & Garbanzo beans Tapas, popularly known as “Espinacas con Garbanzos” is a traditional very healthy & tasty spanish stew dish, it is mostly liked if served piping hot.

The word Tapas in spanish cuisine means appetisers or snacks which people normally should enjoy while having a nice conversation as per certain customs in some countries. Any way a good snack is always welcome in between actual meals sometimes.

This awesome dish is made with boiled garbanzo beans (also called chickpeas in english or white kabuli chana in India) which has high protien content and boiled spinach (rich in iron) in a onion, garlic with a mix of spices ground cumin, salt & pepper. Use of tomato sauce or puree is optional as per your taste.

Here I am today sharing a Spanish recipe I noticed by Vanessa Moore, which I tried and enjoyed very very much. I have tweaked it a bit to suit the Indian taste but its surely healthy and tasty and worth trying.

Step-by-Step Easy & Quick Recipe –

Prep Time           Cook Time                 Total Time                   Yields

15 mins                    10 mins                   25 mins                   1-2 Serving


Chickpeas or Garbanzo beans – 2 cups

Spinach – ½ cup (chopped, washed & drained)

Onion – 1 medium – finely chopped

Garlic cloves – 4 minced

Tomato – 2 medium (boiled, peeled & pureed)

Cumin seeds – ¼ teaspoon

Salt per taste

Ground black pepper per taste

Cayenne pepper – 1/4 teaspoon or as per taste

Red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar – 1 teaspoon

Extra virgin olive oil – 2 tablespoon


  • Chop & wash spinach a few times in running water to ensure that all the dirt is out. Then boil in salt water till the leaves start to wilt, drain and immediately put and shock in cold water to stop cooking.
  • Separately boil the already soaked chickpeas in salt water and drain and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in pan and add ground cumin first and let it get aromatic, add onion & garlic. Sauté till onions start to get brown color. Add salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper. If you like to have tomato flavour too then add the puree now and cook further.
  • Now add garbanzo beans and sauté further for 5-7 minutes. Now the boiled spinach has to be added and should be mixed well. Let it cook till the flavors are well blended together.

Note: This can be served as a side dish or as a part of light meal. Goes well be any type of crusty or crispy bread, even with Indian chapatti, tandoori roti, naan or parantha. Enjoy the flavors of Spain sitting right under the comfort of your home J

Happy Cooking!!

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