This Creamy Vegan Coconut Chickpea Curry is the BEST curry I’ve ever had! All it takes is one pot, it’s loaded with homemade ground spices and incredibly flavorful!

This Creamy Vegan Coconut Chickpea Curry is the BEST curry I've ever had!

The best kind of recipes are the ones that you keep making over and over, without realising that it’s one of our favorite recipes. The ones that are made up of ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, don’t take much effort, but produce incredible results. That my friends, is this Vegan Coconut Chickpea Curry. I’ve kept this beautiful dish in my pocket for a while now but decided it’s time to bring it’s beauty to light.

This Creamy Vegan Coconut Chickpea Curry is the BEST curry I've ever had! It's loaded with homemade grinded spices and incredibly flavorful!

I learnt something a long time ago: sometimes the brownest food, is the best food. Brown tends to mean spices, infusing of flavours, and delicious starches and produce mixed together. What can I say – I love me some brown food. That’s why I also love my Thai Green Curry recipe – can you say flavour heaven! Not to mention my Red Lentil Curry – truly what dreams are made of. Then there’s my most recent Cauliflower and Potato Curry (Aloo Gobi Masala) – Crispy potatoes, loads up comfort.

This Vegan Coconut Chickpea Curry is no different. I didn’t realise I enjoyed curry until I became vegetarian; in fact, it’s safe to say that that’s when I fell completely head over heels in love with indian spices. This curry came together with ingredients I already had in my pantry and was so absolutely easy to make. One pot, stewing together of flavours and spices and the most effort you have to make is to cut up the ingredients. P.S. doesn’t this fall under perfect fall vegan recipes for comfort?!

This Creamy Vegan Coconut Chickpea Curry is the BEST curry I've ever had! It's loaded with homemade grinded spices and incredibly flavorful!

I wanted to use 100% completely fresh ingredients for this dish, so instead of canned diced tomatoes, I used freshly diced tomatoes the second time I made this. I asked my husband if he tasted a difference (without knowing the differences yet) and he said “the second dish definitely has even deeper flavours”. Fresh ingredients all the way! For the first time ever, I also ground my own spice mixture! What took me so long?! The garam masala that you buy, and the garam masala that you make is SO different. Fresher, brighter, deeper.

Point blank: We finished the entire pot in about 2 hours. It was so good that I’m going to combine my own spice mixes from now on. It’s as easy as getting the seasonings fresh from your local Indian supermarket or speciality store, and combining the different seeds for (for example) garam masala instead of buying it. It took me less than 5 minutes. If you don’t have a spice grinder, a high powered blender like a NutriBullet blended these up in seconds for me. Also, this Scotch Bonnet Pepper Hot Sauce tastes bomb in this curry.

You have to try this dish. It’s creamy, delicious, and will leave you wanting even more after you’re completely full. It’s also incredibly nutritious, protein-packed, and leftovers lasts for days. P.S. do not forget to squeeze a lime over the top. It tastes EVEN better! It’s also perfect for meal prep! Whether it’s for meal prep lunch or dinner, this actually freezes well and lasts for a long time fresh in the freezer.

This Creamy Vegan Coconut Chickpea Curry is the BEST curry I've ever had! It's loaded with homemade grinded spices and incredibly flavorful!

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Q: Can I substitute the tomatoes in this curry?
A: No and yes (update). I promise, if you’re not a tomato fan, you won’t taste them. They blend right in and help with the thickness of the curry and all that flavour. If you’re allergic, you can in fact substitute them with pumpkin puree, or a butternut squash puree or something of the sort. It won’t taste exactly the same, but will give it that beautiful creamy texture!

Q: Can I make this chickpea curry with spinach?
A: Yes! Actually, readers who make this chickpea curry have used everything from spinach to broccoli, cauliflower and several other veggies. Feel free to add your heart’s content – it only makes the curry better!

Q: What goes well with this chickpea curry?

A: Any of the above veggies. You can serve this curry with basmati rice and/or naan bread.

Q: Is the lime necessary?

A: YES! Several readers have told me that this recipe came alive when they did the lime squeeze. Please don’t skip it!! It’s so crucial to bringing out all those delicious flavours!

More Amazing Vegan Curry Recipes

Thai Red Curry with Tofu

Thai Green Curry

Sweet Potato Curry

Enjoy friends! P.S. – do you know that we have an entire blog dedicated to low carb recipes named Low Carb Vegan Recipes?! Be sure to check it out!

Coconut Chickpea Curry (Vegan & Gluten Free)

This Creamy Vegan Coconut Chickpea Curry is the BEST curry I've ever had! All it takes is one pot, it's loaded with homemade ground spices and incredibly flavorful!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Course Dinner
Cuisine Indian
Keyword chickpea curry, coconut chickpea curry, curry, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, vegan, Vegetarian
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions OR 1 large red onion diced
  • 14 ounces/400g fresh or canned tomatoes diced
  • sea salt & ground black pepper to taste
  • 16 ounces/454g can chickpeas drained
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons garam masala - I use this one
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder I use this one
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 13.5 ounces/383g can coconut milk*
  • 2 teaspoons coconut flour OPTIONAL**
  • 1 small lime
Instructions

Instructions

  • In a deep pot over medium-high heat, add the coconut oil.
  • Add in the onions and tomatoes. Grind some sea salt and ground black pepper over the mixture and stir together. Lower heat to medium and allow to cook down until juices of the tomatoes are naturally released and onions are soft, about 10 minutes.
  • Add in the chickpeas, garlic, garam masala, curry powder and cumin. Stir to combine.
  • Add in the coconut milk and stir again. Add in the coconut flour which helps to slightly thicken the curry. Bring the curry to a boil, and then reduce to medium-low so that the mixture continues to simmer for 10 to 12 more minutes.
  • Taste the curry and season with salt and pepper if you desire. Remove the curry from the heat and squeeze a lime lightly over the top of the curry, stirring to combine. Don't skip this step!! Allow to cool slightly and then serve. Enjoy!

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NOTES
Notes:
This recipe is vegan and gluten-free.
I’ve been asked this MANY times – this is the curry powder I use! It’s my favourite!
*Many readers have asked and yes you can definitely use reduced-fat coconut milk! You can even use boxed coconut milk if those calories suit you better.
** The coconut flour is optional and up to you! You can also use any other gluten-free flour you have on hand to thicken it, I just loved this flavour the most. You also don’t need to thicken it if you don’t want to, we skip it all the time.
WW POINTS: 6 with reduced fat coconut milk, 12 with regular (natural occurring sugar from tomatoes)
HOW TO STORE:You can store this curry in an air-tight tupperware container in the fridge for up a week. It’s an excellent candidate for freezing and can be stored in the freezer for up to a month.
 
A FEW NOTES:
1. This curry lasts for at least 5 days in the fridge as leftovers.
2. You can serve with whole wheat naan bread, basmati rice, or even crispy tortilla chips.
3. I substituted a can of chickpeas in the recipe for ease, but if you want you can buy dried chickpeas, soaked overnight, and then boiled until soft in replacement.
4. If you don’t have coconut flour, you can use regular flour if you’re not gluten-free.
TO ADD HEAT:
1. Crushed red pepper flakes: I would start with 1/4 teaspoon in the beginning so that that gets heated up with everything else. Taste and you can always add another 1/4 teaspoon.
2. Harissa paste: if you have a harissa or chili paste, you can stir a little in before the simmer part so that it can heat up with everything. Even sriracha can work.
3. Lastly, and my favourite, scotch bonnet pepper sauce which adds flavours and lots of heat. A few drops right before simmer again, and you can taste and decide whether you want to add more.
 
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Nutrition

Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 28.5g | Protein: 7.3g | Fat: 9.4g | Sodium: 184.8mg | Sugar: 8.1g
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487 comments

  1. Dee says:

    5 stars
    I made this vegan coconut curry and we loved it! I added a healthy amount of black pepper but also a pinch of cayenne, unsweetened coconut flakes and chopped red bell pepper. Man was this good! Really hit the spot and will absolutely be making this again for friends.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Awesome Dee we’re so happy that you enjoyed it! Thanks for leaving such a kind comment!

  2. Robert Spielman says:

    5 stars
    Jessica,
    Just made this recipe. This was so delicious!!! Thank you for creating such a tasty dish without a ridiculous amount of ingredients! I see so many recipes that look great, but it is not pragmatic to use 20 or 30 ingredients, herbs, and spices. Much appreciated!! 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Robert,

      You’re so welcome and so glad you enjoyed!! I totally agree – love how well it comes together with such “few” ingredients!

  3. GN says:

    5 stars
    Followed these instructions as written except for adding a couple carrots. Made enough for dinner for three on the first night and then I took the rest for work lunches for 5 days, plus had enough leftover for a meal on the weekend. Most importantly, I was truly sad when I ran out. The blend of spices is really balanced and so warm and comforting, especially for winter.

    I think my digestive system is giving up on tomatoes (and peppers, devastated sigh), but I’m going to live in denial until I make this recipe at least one more time (or until I find a tomato substitute). Super delicious!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Wow thank you so much GN! We’re so happy that you tried and liked the recipe! We are thinking of trying to do a curry recipe for those that might not be very receptive to nightshades, so we’ll keep you in mind. Have a great day!

  4. Jessica says:

    Hi Mike,

    Oh, dear! That’s quite strange & unfortunate since as you can see there are hundreds of positive reviews on this recipe. Let me help – did you possibly skip the lime squeeze? Did you change any of the ingredients/quantities?

  5. Alex Hedman says:

    5 stars
    Hi there!

    Might be an old post but I just made this curry tonight and wanted to say how great it was!!

    I like my curry spicy so adding chopped chilli was a great addition!

    Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Adding chopped chilli for the times you want an extra kick is perfect. We’re glad you enjoyed the recipe Alex.

  6. That Savvy Lady says:

    5 stars
    I made this for super bowl
    Sunday yesterday. It was great. I made my own garam Marsala spice mix as well. It’s so versatile. You can add as many or as little spices you’d like. ‘First time cooking with coconut oil but I have lots of it in my home for skin and hair care.

    I am making this dish again tonight for myself and may use less curry Or mine at all. I do have some turmeric and several spices that can more than make up for it.

    I have been changing my diet to more plant based and less gluten, and this dish and sites like these, where the ingredients are simple, makes cooking a pleasure.

    I also like the sea salt. First time really using it vs a mix of a seasoning salt. I like it much better as it makes the dish taste very wholesome and you don’t need a lot.

    Note – be careful not to squeeze too much lime at the end. This could make the dish tart/acidic, then one would have to adjust it – which I always know how to do. One trick is add water to help dilute it a little.

    Thanks again for posting. I am enjoying this dish. Next time I will eat it with pita or naan bread.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Wow this review means so much. It was really detailed and kind. Thank you so much!

      Ps. Jessica loves to have this dish with naan bread, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too.

  7. Elif says:

    5 stars
    Tried this recipe with spinach today. I did not have a curry mix but had all the ingredients that yours contained so I combined them myself. It became an insant hit! Will do it again and again. Thank you!!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Thank you so much, Elif! We’re so appreciative! We’re happy our recipe worked out for you.

  8. Kodey says:

    How many cups of curry per serving?

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Kodey I’m not exactly sure what the cup amount would be. If you make the recipe and divide it in 5 you will find the cup amount.

  9. Kim says:

    Is the coconut oil necessary for flavor? I am oil free and usually just use a touch of water to saute veggies. Thanks

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Kim,

      You can skip it, just ensure to add the right amount of water as you’re cooking it so it doesn’t stick or burn while sauteeing down.

      • A.N. says:

        5 stars
        Made this tonight and followed recipe exactly. This was so delicious and filling. I served over Quinoa. Thanks for sharing!

        • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

          Over Quinoa sounds really good. Thank you for your kind words and also for making it.

  10. KC says:

    5 stars
    Made this for the 100th time. Always delicious & satisfying, it has become one of my go-to meals. Thank you for this recipe that I can make with just a few ingredients (cause ain’t nobody trying to run out to the store right now).

    • Jessica says:

      Hi KC,

      Aww thank you so much! So happy to hear this (it’s one of my go to meals too, in fact I just made in tonight again) and yes haha I agree with you! The perfect pantry dish!! 🙂

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