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Chickpea Coconut Curry

Chickpea Coconut Curry

This Chickpea Coconut Curry recipe is so incredibly hearty, full of vibrant colours and rich flavours. Everything you need to keep your belly full and happy fits in a single bowl, and you will have it ready in less than 20 minutes. This curry might become one of your favourite dinner options.

Chickpea curry is a recurrent meal at home not only because it’s easy and delicious, but I really have a thing for chickpeas. Well, chickpeas and any other kind of legume has direct access to my heart, so I cook with them often. 

And, since there are so many different kinds, I never get bored of eating legumes. It is easy to be versatile and it is even easier to include them in your meals. You can make all sorts of dishes form chickpea curry to creamy dessert. The best part, legumes are super healthy and a great source of plant-based protein.

Chickpea Coconut Curry ingredients

One of my favourite food combos is legumes with green leafy vegetables. You can use whatever leafy greens you have handy, add your favourite veggies, and get creative with the seasoning. It is that easy to get all the nutrients you need in a single bowl. 

When we have kids and busy lives, recipes like this chickpea curry make keeping up with a vegan lifestyle so much easier. It’s versatile enough that we can switch it up if we need to, it’s super healthy, affordable, and easy to make. 

I made this recipe with ingredients I already had in my kitchen. It came out so delicious that I had to write it down so I could recreate it and not miss a step. For the veggies, I used shallot, red bell pepper, and spinach, very simple. 

chopped sweet pepper

I wanted to have a creamy super flavourful curry sauce. I mixed a bunch of spices with vegetable broth, coconut milk, and my secret ingredient, peanut butter. The peanut butter will give it the perfect consistency, it will add a hint of the typical nutty taste you can find in some Asian dishes, and while it is not a lot, you get an extra little bit of protein there. 

Also, coconut milk is super important for this recipe. It has such an amazing taste and it enhances all the other flavours that make this chickpea curry so delicious. And coconut milk is loaded with health benefits such as improving digestion, reducing inflammation, protecting cardiovascular health, and increasing energy, among others. 

There are many benefits, but it also has a relatively high content of certain saturated fats. For this reason, I always try to be deliberate about how I use coconut milk in my recipes. Also, if you are concerned about your calorie intake, coconut milk has quite a few so make sure you use it in moderation.  

Finally, and to make it a well-rounded meal we just need a side of brown rice. Serve your chickpea curry straight out of the pan while is still steaming. You and your family will love this easy and heart-warming recipe! 

Chickpea Coconut Curry top down

Ingredients
7
Prep time
10 minutes
Total time
Category: Dinner, Lunch
Serves: 3
Allergens: Coconut, Olives

Ingredients

For the rice

  • 1 cup brown long grain rice
  • 2 cups water

For the curry

  • 1½ cups chickpeas (rinsed)
  • 1 tbsp chunky peanut butter
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup frozen spinach (sliced while frozen)
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium red bell pepper (thinly sliced)
  • 2 dashes sea salt
  • 1 medium shallot (thinly sliced)
  • 1 cup vegetable broth

Directions

  1. Cook the rice in water for about 20 minutes until soft.
  2. Heat up the oil in a skillet and add the shallot and peppers stir fry until slightly brown for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients for the curry and give it a good stir while it's heating up.
  4. Adjust the taste before you serve the curry on top of the rice, enjoy!

Notes

        

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