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Easy Vegan Chickpea Garama Masala sauce

This chickpea garam masala sauce is an easy vegan meal idea that's quick to make and very nutritious. Eat alone or use as a sauce for rice, noodles or spaghetti. Can also be used as a sauce on potatoes and as a topping on toasts.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian


  • 2 tbsp olive or coconut oil
  • 1 can 15 oz chickpea (or 2 cups cooked) rinced
  • 1 can 15 oz diced tomatoes or about 2 cups
  • 1 medium sized onion sliced or diced
  • 1-2 tbsp coconut sugar as needed to taste
  • 1 large handful spinach

Spice/Seasoning blend

  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger (ginger powder okay too)
  • 1 tsp pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp curry
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Garam Masala powder
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp lemon or lime juce
  • 1 tsp salt to taste
  • 1 tsp chili powder


  • 1. First, mix up all your spices and set aside. 
    2. In a pan, saute onion and garlic until transparent and slightly brown or for about 3-4 minutes 
    3. Add tomatoes, stir well and cover to cook for about 6 minutes or until the mixture looks dry. You want to cook down the tomatoes really well to reduce the sour taste. 
    4. Add chickpea, seasoning blend (from step 1) and 1 1/2 cup of water. Mix in well and cook on medium heat for about 8 minutes. Then let simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring regularly to avoid it burning. A little burn is okay, but not too much.
    5. Then using an immersion blender or a pestle (or a potato masher), lightly mash about 1/3 of the chickpea. This will help thicken your sauce and give it a more rich consistency. Then stir well to even out. 
    6. Add 1 tbsp sugar and salt taste. If the sauce still tastes slightly sour, Add more sugar. (I prefer brown sugar as it's lower in calorie and has just the right amount of mild sweetness).
    7. Reduce heat, add in spinach let simmer for about 2-3  minutes to wither the spinach lightly. Stir. and turn off stove and open the pot/pan. 
    Serve and ENJOY!