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17 May 2019

This quick and easy chickpea curry recipe is a staple for an easy weeknight dinner, made with chickpeas, spices and coconut milk. On the table in about 20 minutes.

I have an easy coconut chickpea curry recipe today for you, my friends. There are days when we are all in a hurry and we just don’t have much time to cook. That doesn’t stop us from wanting spicy food, though. Right?

Of course not!

We want spicy food with big flavor in a hurry. We want it now! This particular recipe will most definitely deliver on that desire.

We’re talking my Easy Chickpea Curry recipe, and it’s going to become a new go-to in your recipe collection. It’s chickpea curry in a hurry!

Chickpea Curry in a pan

This is a vegetarian and vegan curry recipe, though it’s easy to customize. You can add in chicken if you’d like, as well as shrimp or even lamb for a non-vegan option.

About the Peppers and Spices

This recipe calls for both curry paste and curry powders, as well as a jalapeno pepper and serrano pepper. The curry paste and curry powder can be found at most supermarkets, though you may need to seek them out at a specialty store.

It’s worth it, though, to have them in your collection of ingredients. Or you can just make your own curry paste like I do.

Any curry paste will do, whether it is green, yellow, or red curry paste. However, each will have its own flavor profile. I prefer to use either red or yellow curry paste, depending on my mood.

I used my own Yellow Curry Paste Recipe here, as well as this simple curry seasoning blend, though there are many to choose from. Garam masala is a popular addition, though I didn’t use any here. I’ve opted for the double whammy of curry paste and curry powder. It’s just the right combination for me.

Hey, spice is life! Try as many as you can!

Making Spicy Curry

I like to spice up my curries by adding in hotter chili peppers, like a habanero pepper or two, maybe a ghost pepper. You can adjust the seasonings and peppers to your own personal preferences.

If you’re looking to keep it on the milder side, skip the serrano and stick with the jalapeno, or just use a mild bell pepper. You’ll still get some wonderful flavor without all the heat.

Let’s talk about how to make chickpea curry, shall we?

Chickpea Curry, so vibrant and flavorful

 

Mike’s Easy Chickpea Curry Recipe Steps

First, heat a large pan or wok to medium heat and add 1 teaspoon oil.

Add your peppers and onion. Cook them down about 5 minutes, until the peppers and onions have softened.

Cooking down the peppers and onions

Next, add in the garlic, ginger and the green onions. Cook another minute, stirring, until the garlic is fragrant.

Add in the curry powder,  paprika, and salt and pepper to taste. Give it a stir.

Adding the seasoning to my Chickpea Curry Recipe

Stir in the curry paste and cook it for a minute.

Stirring in the curry paste

Add your coconut milk and stir. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat.

Stirring in the coconut milk

Simmer and continue to cook for 10 minutes or more to let the flavors develop. The curry sauce will thicken up a bit.

Stir in the chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) and warm them through for 5 minutes.

Stirring in the chickpeas

Serve the easy chickpea curry over prepared white rice if desired, then squeeze a bit of fresh lime juice over the top.

Top with fresh chopped cilantro or parsley, lime wedges, spicy chili flakes. Basmati rice is great here.

BOOM! Done! Super easy, right? Quick and easy recipes are the best. Hey, we’re busy today! I get it.

Refer to the video in the recipe card. It details all the steps to make the chickpea curry. I hope it helps! I love a good coconut curry.

Chickpea Curry in a pan, with a serving spoon

Recipe Notes and Variations for Chickpea Curry

This is probably my favorite easy chickpea curry for the sheer simplicity of it. But if you’re super hungry and want to vary it up, this particular recipe is perfect to use as a base.

Consider adding a meat to the recipe. I’ve made this with chicken, lamb and pork and it always comes out flavorful. Consider shrimp as either an add on or to swap in. I love this recipe with shrimp. The combination of both shrimp and chickpeas is flavorful and still low calorie.

If you’d like to keep it vegan, try sweet potato, eggplant or lentil. You can easily slip in broccoli or some green leafy vegetables like spinach or kale. It’s also tasty with tofu.

Add diced tomatoes for another spin. Tomatoes are commonly used in curries and I enjoy them.

To be honest, you can pretty easily include any number of vegetables you’d like to use up. Zucchini, anyone? Of course!

Here are some common questions I’ve heard about this recipe and other curries.

What are the Differences Between Red Curry and Yellow Curry?

Yellow Curry Paste on a spoon

The biggest differences between red and yellow curry is the heat level and choice of peppers. Red curries tend to be hotter than yellow curries, and use spicier red peppers as their base.

Yellow curries usually use milder chili peppers, and the inclusion of turmeric offers its vibrant yellow color.

What are some substitutes for Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas)?

Garbanzo Beans, aka “chickpeas”, are a firm legume, round in shape, about 1/4″ thick. If you can’t find them for this recipe, or prefer to use another bean, try using any of the following:

  • Butter Beans
  • Lima Beans
  • Cannellini Beans (white kidney beans)
  • Great Northern Beans. 

How long does curry last in the fridge?

Curry will last up to a week in the refrigerator if properly stored. Normal time frames for cooked foods last 4-7 days stored in the refrigerator. Store it in a sealed airtight container. 

Just be sure to refrigerate the leftovers as quickly as possible, and never after 2 hours of sitting out.

That’s it, my friends! I hope you like it. I love this recipe. In so many ways. It’s definitely a creamy chickpea curry. And, it’s dairy free.

TRY SOME OF MY OTHER POPULAR CURRY DISHES

Chickpea Curry in a pan, ready to eat

If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

5 from 1 vote
Chickpea Curry Recipe
Easy Chickpea Curry Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
This quick and easy chickpea curry recipe is a staple for an easy weeknight dinner, made with spices and coconut milk. On the table in about 20 minutes.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Indian
Keyword: curry, recipe, spicy, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 367 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or use coconut oil
  • 1 jalapeno pepper chopped
  • 1 serrano pepper chopped (if desired for extra heat)
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • ½ cup chopped green onions
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder I use 2 tablespoons in mine!
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons curry paste
  • 14 ounces coconut milk
  • 16 ounces prepared chickpeas canned is great
  • Salt and pepper to taste
FOR SERVING: Cooked rice, fresh chopped cilantro or parsley, lime wedges, spicy chili flakes
Instructions
  1. Heat a large pan or wok to medium heat and add 1 teaspoon oil.
  2. Add your peppers and onion. Cook them down about 5 minutes, until the peppers and onions have softened.
  3. Next, add in the garlic, ginger and the green onions. Cook another minute, stirring, until the garlic is fragrant.
  4. Add in the curry powder, paprika, and salt and pepper to taste. Give it a stir.

  5. Stir in the curry paste and cook it for a minute.
  6. Add your coconut milk and stir. Bring to a quick boil and reduce the heat. Simmer for 10 minutes or more to let the flavors develop. The curry sauce will thicken up a bit.
  7. Stir in the chickpeas and warm them through for 5 minutes.
  8. Serve the easy chickpea curry over prepared white rice if desired, then squeeze a bit of fresh lime juice over the top.
  9. Top with fresh chopped cilantro or parsley, lime wedges, spicy chili flakes.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Heat Factor: Mild-Medium. You’ll get a decent spiciness from this mixture, though the coconut milk tempers it quite a bit. Add in extra serrano peppers or hotter peppers to up the heat factor.

This recipe is vegetarian/vegan.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Chickpea Curry Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 367 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Sodium 334mg 14%
Potassium 542mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 2g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 44.9%
Vitamin C 15.3%
Calcium 10%
Iron 33.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Easy Chickpea Curry Recipe - This quick and easy chickpea curry recipe is a staple for an easy weeknight dinner, made with spices and coconut milk. On the table in about 20 minutes. #Curry #SpicyFood

4 comments


  1. I just made this today, and it’s really good! I doubled the recipe and added a medium-sized ratalu (also called purple yam- tastes like yuca) I got at an Indian grocery store instead of another can of chickpeas. I added that in with the coconut milk to let it simmer until tender before adding the chickpeas. I used some jarred red curry paste, and it was very good, but I want to try your curry paste recipe. I also added a couple of teaspoons of tamarind concentrate that I saw at the store which added a bit of sweetness and tang. The heat was good with the serrano and jalapeño, warm, but I didn’t have to take breaks, haha.
    Found your website from the Poblano Cream Sauce recipe, it’s great!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      That’s great, Gaines. Glad you found me! I love the addition of the ratalu. It’s a nice way to mix it up. I appreciate the rating!

  2. Hi. This looks lovely! Can you please tell us the brand of curry powder and curry paste you use.
    Many thanks
    Kerry

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