Chana Saag

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

In celebration of National Family Meal Month, this classic vegetarian Indian dish can be made easily in 30 minutes or less. Plus, when you have help from family members in the kitchen, the cooking process is a breeze.

  • 3 Tbsp. coconut oil (or olive oil)
  • ½ small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 small jewel yam (or Yukon gold potato), cubed
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 cup Kroger Canned Coconut Milk
  • 1 Tbsp. curry powder
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. red pepper flakes, optional
  • ½ tsp. sea salt, to taste
  • ¼ tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 can (14-oz.) Kroger Diced Tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can (14-oz.) Simple Truth Organic Garbanzo Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups Simple Truth Baby Spinach
  1. Heat the coconut oil over medium-high in a medium-sized non-stick skillet. Add the onion and chopped yam and cook, stirring frequently, until potato is cooked through but still al dente, about 8-10 minutes.
  2. While the potato and onion is cooking, combine the coconut milk, curry powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, sea salt and turmeric in a small blender. Blend until completely smooth and set aside.
  3. Add the garlic and ginger to the skillet with the potato and onion and cook another 2 minutes.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes and cook until any excess water has evaporated, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the coconut milk mixture and chickpeas to the skillet and heat to a full boil. Reduce the heat slightly and add the spinach. Cover and cook until spinach has wilted, about 2 minutes.
  6. Serve Chana Saag with cooked white rice.


  • I enjoy eating Chana Saag with white basmati rice, but you can have multiple grain options handy, such as brown rice and quinoa when you sit down to dinner with your family.
  • You can make this dish with or without potato. Leaving the potato out will shorten the cook time by about 10 minutes. While I used jewel yam (white sweet potato) for the recipe, you can use a Yukon gold or a russet potato. For those family members that eat meat, grilled chicken can easily be added to the Chana Saag.

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