Indian-Spiced Greens with Coconut Milk and Chickpeas

This hearty stew combines Swiss chard, beans, and coconut milk with Indian-inspired flavors like ginger, turmeric, and mustard seeds

Indian Greens

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: Eight minutes
Makes four servings


  • 2 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated gingerroot
  • 2 to 3 bunches (about 8 cups) of Swiss chard, torn and washed
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. curry powder
  • 1 cup diced canned tomatoes, drained, 2 tbs. juice reserved
  • 1 cup canned garbanzo beans, drained and spritzed with lemon juice and a pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 tsp. maple syrup


  • Heat the olive oil in a large, deep sauté pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mustard and cumin seeds and sauté until they begin to pop; then add the ginger. Add the Swiss chard to the pan, along with the salt, turmeric, pepper, curry powder, and the reserved tomato juice; sauté for two minutes.
  • Stir in the garbanzo beans and the tomatoes, and sauté for three minutes. Add the coconut milk and maple syrup. Serve immediately.

Cook’s note: If you don’t have cumin seeds, mustard seeds, or turmeric handy, prepare recipe as otherwise directed, and add 2 -additional teaspoons of curry powder.

Why No Numbers? Readers sometimes ask us why we don’t publish nutrition information with our recipes. We believe (barring specific medical advice to the contrary) that if you’re eating primarily whole, healthy foods — an array of sustainably raised vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, meats, fish, eggs, whole-kernel grains, and healthy fats and oils — you probably don’t need to stress about the numbers. We prefer to focus on food quality and trust our bodies to tell us what we need.  — The Editors

MS, director of the Healing Kitchens Institute at Commonweal, is the author of several cookbooks, including Clean Soups and The Healthy Mind Cookbook. She lives in San Rafael, Calif.

Photography by Andrea D'Agosto; Prop Styling by Alicia Buszczak; Food Stylist: Paul Jackman

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