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Creamy and Delicious! Vegan Coconut Chickpea Curry

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This is a delicious and creamy coconut chickpea curry that you’ll want to eat with family and friends time and time again.

Two bowls with Vegan Chickpea Curry. Next to them, there are some tomatoes, fresh basilic leaves, and a piece of lime | HurryTheFoodUp

Growing up in the nineties and naughties Britain, the curry was (and still is) an insanely popular dish.

An estimated 12,000 curry houses sprang up around the UK and some of my absolute favourite curries were even invented in Britain (I’m looking at you tikka masala).

In case you haven’t guessed, I really, really like Indian food, especially curry.

But what I’ve come to realise in the middle of a curry craving isn’t that I miss the chicken in a korma or the lamb in a vindaloo – not at all.

The meat itself was never important but it’s rather the meal itself as a whole.

The creamy sauce, the exotic spices and the crunchy poppadoms all combine together to make one of the world’s favourite meals.

As long as you get the sauce and rice right, you’re on to a winner.

Which is where this curry came from. I can’t take the credit – Kat’s fair hand is all over this chickpea curry recipe.

Not only does it do away with meat, but it’s vegan too! Swapping out the milk and cream for a soy or nut-based variety is easy as veggie pie.

Using chickpeas as the main bulk of the meal creates a lovely texture and provides us with a filling boost of fibre and iron.

If you’re looking for inspiration follow this link to find more vegetarian recipes like this one.

So what makes our vegan chickpea curry so special you ask?

Let’s take a look at what’s in this healthy one-pot meal.


This is a simple meal with a cooking time of under 30 minutes!


To start any good vegan chickpea curry you need to make a base, but I’m not using gluten-filled rues or anti-vegan ingredients like ghee.

Instead, I chose to use simple and healthy ingredients that will give us a great base for our curry.

Onions and garlic are going to give so much flavour and don’t get me started on the curry paste. I chose a paste as the flavour is more concentrated than what you’d get from a curry powder.

It’s also going to give great colour to the dish.

You can choose to add more than what the recipe suggests depending on how hot you like it.

To finish off the base of this vegan curry I am adding a can of coconut milk. It’s vegan, creamy and creates a delicious curry sauce when combined with the paste.


To bulk out this meal and keep you feeling full, I used two key ingredients. First of all, I added a can of chickpeas to the sauce. They’re going to give a great texture and they have a nice bite too.

The second ingredient is rice. I chose basmati rice, however, you can serve it with whatever rice you have in your store cupboard.

Rice is filling, healthy and gluten-free which makes it a great accompaniment to this dish.


To finish this recipe off, as if it couldn’t get any better, I added chopped fresh tomatoes. You know the kind that tastes like a sunbeam burst in your mouth? Throw them in.

Then add some basil, it gives a great pop of colour next to the tomatoes.

And finally, to really make this curry taste out of this world I added a combination of lime juice for zing, soy sauce for the umami tang, and maple syrup for that sweet balance.

There you have it, a top recipe that you will want to make way more than once!

How many calories are in coconut milk chickpea curry?

I love it when comfort food is also really healthy it makes my taste buds even happier!

In this dish there are 465 calories which is an ideal amount for a well-balanced meal.

There is also 13 grams of protein.

Here are the other nutritional facts about this tasty weeknight dinner:

kcal 465kcal

Carbs 65g

Fat 17g

Protein 13g
A bowl with Vegan Chickpea Curry. Next to it, there are some tomatoes, fresh basilic leaves, and a piece of lime | HurryTheFoodUp

Health benefits

Although traditionally curries may be viewed as unhealthy junk food a recipe such as this one can is actually be really healthy.

In particular, curry paste provides some top health benefits which come from the various Indian spices.

These include memory-boosting, anti-inflammatory and fat-loss properties.

Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are high in fibre so eating meals containing them is a great way to help you feel fuller for longer.

They also contain high levels of plant protein so they make the perfect animal protein alternative for vegans and veggies like us!

As this meal is higher in protein than some, my delicious coconut chickpea curry can help you not only reach your protein goals but in turn, it may help you towards losing weight or gaining muscles depending on what journey you’re on.

If you’d like more high-protein meal inspiration make sure to download your free 7-day high-protein meal plan, and if you love it we also do a recurrent weekly high-protein plan too to keep the ideas flowing.

In fact, if you’re struggling with losing the pounds you might find this article on how to break your weight-loss plateau useful.

How to make curry with chickpeas?

This recipe is super simple to make especially as you can easily find all the fresh ingredients in the grocery stores.

Total Time: 25 minutes

Prep time

To start with cook the rice according to the instructions on the packet. Chop the onions, garlic, basil and juice the lime.Process of cooking rice for Vegan Chickpea Curry | HurryTheFoodUp

Cook time

Fry the onions in oil over medium-low heat in a large saucepan until they start to turn clear. Add the garlic, fry for a further minute.

Add 1 teaspoon of curry paste, and the creamy coconutmilk, and stir well. Add salt and taste test – you can choose how much flavor you’d like. If you’d like it a little stronger then add another teaspoon of curry paste.

Add drained and rinsed canned chickpeas (and optional fave veg), and bring the curry to a boil. If it burns though, be sure to reduce the heat.

To finish

Add the chopped tomatoes, basil, lime juice, soy sauce and gently simmer the curry. Taste test again, and if desired add a second tablespoon of soy sauce and then the syrup. Stir again. Serve and enjoy!A saucepan with Vegan Chickpea Curry | HurryTheFoodUp

Top tip!

To make it gluten-free use GF soy sauce or you can leave the soy sauce out altogether.Two bowls with Vegan Chickpea Curry. Next to them, there are some tomatoes, fresh basilic leaves, and a piece of lime | HurryTheFoodUp

Chickpea coconut curry FAQs

If you’ve got questions about chickpea curry it’s a good thing we have the answers!

How to store and reheat?

You can store my chickpea curry in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. To reheat place in a microwave-safe bowl and warm until heated throughout (It also tastes better the next day too).

What to serve it with?

I served my chickpea curry with rice, but you could serve it with extra veg or even some naan bread (or of course vegan naan bread).

Can I make it ahead?

You could make this chickpea curry ahead of time and reheat it later or if you make it in a slow cooker you could keep it warm in there too.

How do restaurants make curry so creamy?

The key ingredient to making any curry nice and creamy in any restaurant is definitely the canned coconut milk.

Is curry better with coconut or milk?

Coconut milk is preferred to other dairy and non-dairy milk alternatives in curry as it is rich and creamy. It helps to give a thicker sauce and carry the flavour of the spices in the dish.

Is coconut milk healthy in curries?

As it is made from cocount, coconut milk is a healthy, non-dairy alternative to milk and works great in creating a creamy curry sauce.

It also comes in a light version if you want to reduce the overall calories of the dish.

A bowl with Vegan Chickpea Curry. Someone drips lime juice for Curry | HurryTheFoodUp

Recipe variations

There are a couple of delicious ways you could tweak this recipe next time:

  • Extra veg: Add extra vegetables to the curry, how about some sweet potatoes, baby spinach or cauliflower?
  • Different spices: How about trying a Thai red curry paste (or even green) to change up the variety of spices?
  • Low carb: To keep those carbs down swap out the basmati rice with cauliflower rice.

More recipes like this

If you enjoyed this meal take a look at these ones below:

Vegan Coconut Chickpea Curry
4.77 from 194 votes
If you're looking for comfort food that is kind to your waistline you'll love this delicious vegan chickpea curry!
Diet: dairy-free, egg-free, vegan
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Total Time:25 minutes
Servings:3 people
YouTube video


  • ½ cup basmati rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 pinch salt
  • 2 onions
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 clove garlic
  • ½ lime
  • 1-2 tsp curry paste (your favourite or a Tikka Masala curry paste would work great as well)
  • 1 can low fat coconut milk (1 can = 1.5 cups = 375ml) (use regular if you prefer the taste!)
  • 1 can chickpeas (1 can = 15oz = 435g)
  • 1-2 tbsp soy sauce (try one tbsp first, add another if required)
  • 2-3 medium tomato (or handful cherry tomatoes, chopped. The sweeter the better ;))
  • 1 cup basil, fresh
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (sugar is fine too)


  • ½ cup sugar snap peas (any green veg you like)


  • Add the rice, water and a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Keep an eye on the rice – when the water is boiling put a lid on it, reduce the heat to low and cook for another 8-10 mins (or as per packet instructions).
    ½ cup basmati rice, 1 cup water, 2 pinch salt
    Process of cooking rice for Vegan Chickpea Curry | HurryTheFoodUp
  • While this is happening chop the onions, garlic, basil and juice the lime.
    2 onions, 3 clove garlic, 1 cup basil, fresh, ½ lime
  • Put the oil and onions into a large pan and cook on a low-medium heat until the onions start to soften and turn clear, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic for a further 1 minute.
    1 tbsp olive oil
  • Add curry paste and the milk, stirring until the curry is dissolved. Add a pinch of salt. Taste test – if you’d like your curry a little stronger then add another tsp.
    1-2 tsp curry paste, 1 can low fat coconut milk
  • Throw in the drained and rinsed chickpeas. If using sugar snap peas (or other green veg), add them now too. Cook on a medium heat for around 5 minutes, bringing the curry to a boil. If it starts to burn, reduce heat immediately.
    1 can chickpeas, ½ cup sugar snap peas
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, chopped basil, lime juice, soy sauce and gently simmer the curry for another 2 minutes.
    2-3 medium tomato, 1-2 tbsp soy sauce
    A saucepan with Vegan Chickpea Curry | HurryTheFoodUp
  • Taste test again, and if desired add a another tbsp soy sauce and the syrup or brown sugar. Give it another stir.
    1 tsp maple syrup
  • The rice should be done by now too – fork it through to make it fluffy.
  • Serve the curry and rice together with papadoms and naan bread as optional sides.
    A bowl with Vegan Chickpea Curry. Next to it, there are some tomatoes, fresh basilic leaves, and a piece of lime | HurryTheFoodUp


If you liked this recipe: you’ve gotta check out some more chickpea ideas! Here’s our Avocado Chickpea Salad (ready in just five mins!) and the Amazing Chickpea Spinach Salad is so-called for a very good reason. Enjoy!
Note for the nutritional table: we make our chickpea curry with a little rice – this makes the proteins found in the chickpeas and rice a ‘complete’ protein, meaning our bodies can utilise it in the best possible way.


Nutrition Facts
Vegan Coconut Chickpea Curry
Serving Size
661 g
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Polyunsaturated Fat
Monounsaturated Fat
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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There you have it a meal that takes little effort but produces maximum flavor! It’s my opinion that this curry tastes amazing, but I’m sure you’ll also soon agree.

It is a family favourite recipe in our household and I know it will also become yours too. It would be too easy to eat the whole thing so don’t forget to share!

What our readers are saying

‘My husband made this for us last night. I’m not a huge fan of chickpeas outside of hummus, but MAN was this good. This is a keeper in our house. He said that the lime really made a different in taste.’

– Kari ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Whyyyyyy haven’t I made this before now???? EFFING DELICIOUS!!!!! I’m fooling myself into believing that I made enough for 5 days….I’ll be lucky if it lasts two! YUM!!!

– Stormy Vegan ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is my favorite recipe ever! I stumbled across it on Pinterest & have been making it ever since. I’m not even a vegetarian/vegan; my husband liked to add chicken to this dish but I prefer it just as the recipe calls. It’s so quick & easy too – I make it about once every week! Thanks so much for sharing!

– Rachel ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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  1. Question about the soy sauce–you add this in step 5 and again in step 6, plus extra if desired in step 7. Could you clarify whether step 5 or 6 is better, please?

    1. Hi Leslie! Good catch, thank you. The soy sauce only goes in at step 6! 🙂

  2. Hi,
    I’m about ready to make this recipe – is 1/2 cup rice really enough in total for three servings ? or is it 1/2 cup per serving ?

    1. Hi! Sorry for the slow reply. Yes it is correct – they are relatively small portions though. If you’re very hungry I would suggest some extra rice or a naan. Or use the same amounts but for 2 portions. I hope that helps!

  3. 5 stars
    So easy, so tasty and so versatile! It will accommodate any ingredients you have to hand by way of curry paste/veggies. Will definitely be making this one again.

    1. Woohoo, glad you enjoyed it Alison! Thanks for the comment!

  4. 5 stars
    We love this curry especially as a non meat alternative meal. Our only con would be how thin the sauce is. I’ve tried using coconut cream instead of coconut milk to thicken it some but nothing seems to work.
    Has anybody done anything like puree some chick peas up to make it a little thicker?

    1. That’s awesome to hear Audrey. Hmm on my end it’s usually thick enough. Buut, what always works is a tsp of cornstarch dissolved in 1-2 tbsp of water. Add it while stirring as a last cooking step 🙂

  5. My husband’s birthday dinner. So good!!
    I added carrots for color along with zucchini & the sugar snap peas recommended.

    1. Wohoooo!! Makes me quite proud to read our recipe made it onto a birthday table!! Thank you Shiloh 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    Made this on Wednesday evening and had leftover for work on Thursday. BEST ever. Shared with a colleague and she also said best curry I have made. So easy and yet so yummy….going to be a regular in my house.
    Thank you !!

    1. Aww thank you Sandra!! Really really happy to hear that. What a great start to the day 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe for the first time a long time ago. It was already amazing! Since then I’ve been making small adjustments so it suits my taste and my boyfriend’s. I think this is the recipe I will always be proud to show non-vegan friends, because it’s just the best

  8. Looks yummy and easy to make! Thanks for sharing this nice recipe.

    1. Happy to! 🙂

  9. Hi
    What can I use instead of the coconut milk

    1. Hi Angela, it depends why you’re looking to replace it, really. It absolutely adds to the overall taste, and gives it a certain sweetness. You could try a soy (or normal) cream, and add a sweetener (maple syrup for example). Would that work for you?

      1. Hi Dave

        Thank you for your reply yes that will work better for me. The reason I want to replace the coconut milk is that I do not like coconut.

        1. Happy to help. Then yes, I think with the extra sweetener that should work fine! 🙂

  10. 5 stars
    just the comfort food we need at this time – so good i ate it for lunch and supper

    1. Really happy to hear it, Suzy! It is comforting, isn’t it?

  11. 5 stars
    Thank you for posting this! It was amazing enjoyed by the whole family and definitely many times to come

    1. Happy to help, Mike! Really glad you and the family enjoyed the recipe 🙂

  12. 5 stars
    In the last couple of years we turned from free range to organic to vegetarian to vegan. It’s a process! Thanks for this amazing recipe, it really is DELICIOUS!!!! Added to my ‘food bookmarks’.
    Greetings from the Netherlands

    1. Agreed! A slower, sustainable process works well for a lot of people (including us!). And each step we take makes a difference, big or small. Really glad you enjoyed the curry! Greetings from Hamburg 🙂

  13. 5 stars
    I’m glad I tried this recipe. Super quick and easy to follow and make. I’m really glad the recipe encouraged trying it as you go and then add what you needed. I followed the basic recipe and then added more of whichever ingredients i thought I needed more. I ended up adding a little more more curry paste, soy sauce, salt, cumin, and tomatoes. I will def will make again.

    1. So good the recipe turned out tasty and you made it your own!! Thank you for sharing! 😀

      1. Hi! What can I use instead of soy sauce (it’s not recommended for me cause of my thyroid meds)

        1. Hey Suki! How are you? I think I would go for a little extra salt and some Worcestershire Sauce, if those are ok for you. The taste won’t be exactly the same but I’d bet it’s still tasty! There’s also kecap manis, but I suspect that’s too close to soy sauce from a health perspective. I hope that helps 🙂

  14. 5 stars
    Perfect balance of sweet and spicy! Added some grated ginger and extra lime. Big hit for the family and super easy to make 🙂

    1. Glad you liked, Madeline! It sounds like you nailed it – I love a bit of extra lime, too. Thanks for writing!

  15. Would doubling the recipe as is work ok? Also, is the basil crucial for flavor? I am not a huge basil fan, especially fresh basil.

    1. Hi Heather, yes it should work absolutely fine just to double it. If you look in the recipe there is a little ‘servings’ button that you can click and the number of ingredients will change depending on how many servings are needed :). For a big batch you may need to add a couple of minutes to the simmering time, otherwise eveything else should stay the same. Enjoy!

      And to follow up – the basil is not crucial. It definitely adds flavour, of course, but if it’s not your thing then I would add more of a herb that you like instead – cilantro or parsley for example.

  16. 5 stars
    Whyyyyyy haven’t I made this before now???? EFFING DELICIOUS!!!!! I’m fooling myself into believing that I made enough for 5 days….I’ll be lucky if it lasts two! YUM!!!

    1. Hahaha well better late than never! Thanks for the comment, glad you enjoyed!!

  17. Does this really only serve 3 people? Just want to make sure before I double the recipe.

    1. Hey Julie! Yep, it’s about right for three as it is :). Enjoy!

  18. This was so delicious! I used a spicier curry paste (Maesri Prik Khing) that was really rich and flavorful. I added about 2 TBSP fresh ginger, asparagus and spinach at the last minute. I also used lite coconut milk and it was still rich.

    1. So good to hear Meghan!! Will try it out next week with lite coconut milk too. Looking forward :-)))

  19. 5 stars
    Made it 2 times, everyone LOVED IT! By far my favorite curry recipe. Quick and easy, which gives the recipe extra points.
    Thank you UTFU

    1. Wohoooo, really great to hear!! Thanks for the lovely feedback, Elena!

  20. very very delicious curry… Great and simple recipe, thank you guys! 🙂

    1. Thank you too, Gabriele!

  21. 5 stars
    This has easily become my favorite curry recipe. After a few bites, I was already planning to make it again.

    1. Oh yeeerrs, so glad to read this, Sherry!!

  22. 5 stars
    I’m glad I bookmarked this curry, it’s going in my favourites for good! Absolutely delicious…. I do need to double the recipe though, as I always hope there will be leftovers for lunch the next day but there never is because everyone has seconds;)

  23. 5 stars
    I’m very impressed by the recipes on this site! This is the 3rd one I’ve tried in one week, and they have all been terrific. As a long time vegetarian (30 years), I’m always looking for something new and sometimes looking for something quick. These recipes do not sacrifice time for flavor at all.

    1. Wow, thank you so much Nancy! Your words mean a lot. We’re really glad to have helped! It can definitely be tough to find new, exciting recipes after a while so I’m really pleased we could help you out 🙂

  24. Hey, I would love to try this today but I was wondering if I could replace soy sauce with sth else (since I’m not allowed soy products for health reasons) and maaaybe I could replace coconut milk with some other vegan milk….like oat? 🙂

    Tnx much!!! 🙂

    1. Hi Martina, I think the best replacement for soy sauce would be veggie broth (maybe 1-2 tsp). Regarding the coconut milk, hmmmmmmm. I wouldnt recommend it, the fat in the coconut milk is important for the flavour. If you go ahead with oat milk anyway, let me know. I’m curious how it would turn out 🙂

    2. I substituted the soy sauce with Tamari sauce

  25. 5 stars
    HI, Thanks for the fantastic recipe,

    I am not a vegetarian, however i do like trying new things. and this one was really filling, and delicious.

    I changed it up a bit and served it with Black rice, the flavor combination and the contrast of colour was awesome.

    1. Niceee!! Yes, I can imagine that black rice really makes for a cool colour combo! Thanks for your comment, glad you liked the curry! 🙂

  26. 5 stars
    This is so good! I’ll tweak it a bit for me because I like really hot curry but it is really tasty. I love it paired with naan and I hope that my husband likes it as much as I do! I’m trying to do more vegetarian recipes and I’m so happy to find this site!

    1. Yaayy!!! Really cool this curry turned out well for you, Dixi! fingers crossed your hubby will approve too 🙂

  27. 5 stars
    Hi. My husband and I LOVE this recipe. I’ve been doubling it because we eat it so often, but it’s ending up thin and runny. Can anyone suggest how to thicken up the curry? Thank you!

    1. Hi Nicole! Really happy you’re both enjoying the recipe so much! That’s awesome. A couple of things spring to mind – I have noticed that there is a big difference between coconut milk brands – some are thick and creamy, some are thin and watery. If that’s the case, perhaps trying another brand would be good. Kat has also suggested simmering it for longer in the end step, this can help to thicken things up, too. Look forward to hearing how you get on!

  28. 5 stars
    Made this tonight for my boyfriend. He was so impressed with it!

    1. Yaay, really glad he liked the recipe, Shanelle! Thanks 🙂

  29. 5 stars
    This is what I just posted on my Facebook wall.

    I found out this year that one of my very favorite foods is Curry. I hadn’t tasted it before! Now my favorite place to eat out is the Bombay House in Salt Lake. When I can’t get there I like to make the recipe I am going to share with you. I found it on the internet, tried it, and it is what developed my love for curry (no, it was more like fireworks of love at first taste!). Oh, and if you go to Winco, they have a good curry called Vegetable Korma. It’s making my mouth water just thinking about it!!! If you try it, think of me, and if you live close, bring me some!!!

    1. Hi Elisa! Thanks for sharing your story with us. It’s really awesome to hear that Kat’s recipe was able to help you fall in love with curry. The same happened to me as well. Fortunately curry has a heart for everyone 😉
      I’d love to go to Winco one day!

  30. I dont like the taste of coconut milk. Is there anything I can use instead?

    1. Hey Lorraine! You could use a soy cream – it wouldn’t be a coconut type curry then of course, but that doesn’t sound like a problem for you 😀

  31. 5 stars
    Just finished dinner! I only had a can of diced tomatoes so I used that with the juice, dried basil because I didn’t have fresh and dried minced garlic because I didn’t have fresh…but the dish was still awesome. I used a green curry paste that was left in my fridge by a friend years ago..maybe 5-6.. Just read that ‘shrimp’
    was on the ingredient list..the expiration date was long ago rubbed away. Will this be my ‘to die for’ good recipe!?

    I also sauteed red onion, yellow zucchini squash, and broccoli with and a dash of soy sauce before adding the coconut milk. I also added some fresh ground pepper while the garbanzos were heating in the coconut milk. I thought a little bit of butter added would mellow out the spiciness of the green curry a bit, but didn’t have any so used a dollop of coconut oil and mixed it in instead. It was delicious along with my short grained brown rice…(browned first in ollive oil before boiling to bring out the flavor.) Jasmine rice or basmati would have been my first choice IF I had them! It’s fun to just ‘work with what you have and create something interesting!
    I just bought a bunch of spices and herbs that I have not used before and my kitchen is full of them now…Can’t wait to try things like fenugreek, and I’m already addicted to tarragon!
    I was thinking that some fresh chives on top and maybe a dollup of good Greek yogurt on top would be nice as well.

    1. Niceee!! I liked the idea to brown the rice first! I remember a Spanish flatmate of mine doing that. Will try that out again. Yeees, bummer about the Curry Pastes. Many of them have shrimps in them. But usually the yellow version doesnt! Really great to read your comment, Melissa. I think that’s what I enjoy the most. With every recipe I learn something new and in the end freestyling with ingredients gets soo much more fun 🙂

  32. 4 stars
    Hey I can’t seem to find a single curry paste that doesn’t have shrimp paste in it to keep this recipe vegan????

    1. Oh no!! That’s not good. Hmmm, have you tried the Indian curry pastes? I find they’re normally more vegan-friendly than the Asian pastes. Could be worth a look, maybe 🙂

  33. 5 stars
    We LOVE this recipe, but we make one simple change that adds such an awesome layer. Oven roast the cherry toms – it adds no extra time because you put them in at the start while the rice is cooking and you’re making the curry. Amazing!

    1. Sounds lovely!! Thanks for the idea Kat, will give it a bash! Glad you enjoy the recipe 🙂

  34. 5 stars
    I commented on how delicious& healthy this recipe is back in December. I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction of a similar vegan recipe that uses the jarred spice paste and is sweet ,sour savoury similar to this one you guys kindly shared? I would make this every week using different veg but my palette does get tired, sadly! And its good to mix things up! I often go back to this one 😉

    1. Hi Ellie! How are you doing? How about this vegan cauliflower curry? It’s one of my faves, too.

      You can use your favourite spice paste to direct the flavour to just how you like. What curry paste are you using at the moment, if you don’t mind me asking? Judging from what you’ve said, a tandoori paste might fit perfectly. It’s pretty spicy, definitely has a sour kick to it, and with the little maple syrup in the recipe you would get the sweet too. You could also swap the lime for lemon for extra sourness, or maybe it’ll be just right how it is. Hope that helps! 🙂

  35. I just bought Sharwoods Tikka Masala(14.1 oz)creamy tomato
    Can you please tell me how much of this I use in the vegan chickpea curry recipe thank you

    1. Hi Vail, I’f I’m not mistaken, the Sharwoods creamy tomato is a sauce, and not a paste. That means you’d use pretty much the whole thing – but you wouldn’t need to add any curry paste or coconut milk at all. The paste and milk are essentially a homemade curry sauce – the creamy tomato sauce from Sharwood’s is ready-made. So just throw it all in. It’ll still be delicious.

  36. 4 stars
    Thank you for this recipe!

    I’m not a great cook but have recently converted to veganism where cooking is now a must!

    Needless to say, I gave this a try last night and whoah, even my family were impressed! It was truly delicious though I substituted chick peas for butternut and potatoes. Really great recipe.

    Glad I have another recipe to add to my collection rather than relying on tofu and veg stir frys!!

    1. Hey Amy, yes the more the merrier when it comes to recipes in the collection! Really glad you enoyed it :). I’ll bet the butternut and potatoes was a great version!

  37. Hi there …… planning to make this tonight. Just one question, Step 5 says “Throw in the chickpeas (and chopped green veg if you’re using it)” …….. which green veg do you reckon I should use?
    And can I please just add how freaking helpful I’m finding your website, app and emails to someone who has only embraced vegetarianism these last couple of months! You’re making it so easy, enjoyable and delicious! Massive thanks from Melbourne

    1. Hi Joey, good point, I’ll make the options clearer in the instructions. I’d recommend sugarsnap peas or green beans, or broccoli. Some frozen peas would also go well. To be honest we usually use whatever veg we happen to have laying around 🙂

      1. Brilliant thanks! It’s early morning here in Oz and the curry last nite turned out great. I’ll add the greens next time!

        1. Cool Joey! Really glad it turned out well. Awesome, where are you in beautiful Oz? That’s where HurryTheFoodUp first met 🙂

  38. Yours looked creamy, ours turned out more like soup. Why do you think? We followed the recipe.

    1. Hi Jason. Hard to say exactly, my first suspicion would be the coconut milk – some are nice and creamy, some are more watery. If the latter was the case then that could definitely have caused it! Maybe try again with a different milk? 🙂

  39. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner and it was wonderful! Used Worcestershire sauce in place of soy sauce as it was all I had, and doubled up the lime. Added a handful of spinach and served with homemade flatbread instead of rice. I’ll be making it again for sure.

    1. Woo! Very cool Spencer, glad you enjoyed it. Sounds like some great additions :). I usually add a bit more lime too, fits so well! No doubt the Worcestershire sauce was awesome, love the stuff!

  40. 5 stars
    Just cooked this and it was incredible, thank you for sharing the recipe. I ended up using the entire jar of curry paste, because I like the heat. I also added chopped aubergine and courgette, just because I wanted to make a big batch of it and liked the idea of extra veg – it came out perfectly. I’ll definitely make it again, and again, and again… A wonderful recipe.

    1. Oh wow, thank you Suzanne! Haha awesome, a whole jar of curry paste. That’s pretty hardcore :D. Love the idea of the extra veg, definitely a good place to use it. Thank you for writing, Suzanne.

  41. Why did this come out bitter ? I’m so disappointed :/

    1. Oh dear, Aman! I’m disappointed for you too. I guess the biggest suspects would be a poor coconut milk, or maybe the tomatoes were too harsh. Did you rinse the chickpeas?

  42. 5 stars
    This was a great recipe. Very tasty and my family loved it.

  43. 4 stars
    Had a good taste! Made it for my parents who are diabetics and they enjoyed! I think it’s important to follow the directions on whatever basmati rice you purchase vs the rice prep directions here which indicate 10 mins. My basmati rice came out quite firm and actual Pkg directions indicated 40 mins of cooking.
    Otherwise tasty meal I’d like to try with Tikka Masala next time. I used 2 tsb of red curry paste. Thanks for sharing!

  44. 5 stars
    Holy f-ing s**t this is amazing. I have literally just gone vegi and was seriously missing meat and if I can continue to make things even slightly this good I can honestly say that I can live without meat for the rest of my life. The recipe is insanely simple and easy to follow, portion sizes were accurate and I don’t doubt it’d be easy to double up. The only thing I would like to change for next time is to possibly add a handful of spinach just for some extra iron and protein. Couldn’t recommend more it’s next level

    1. Wahey! That’s exactly what we want, Sarah! To show the world that veggie food is awesome. Thanks for writing – go on, throw that spinach in too 😉

  45. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe. Me and my husband have decided to go plant based and it’s been very difficult to find good recipes. This was absolutely amazing! I wasn’t sure I would like all these ingredients in one dish, but they all work together. Thanks again.

    1. I’m really happy to hear that, Kecia! Thanks for writing :). Yes, fully agree – with recipes like this, it shows plant based is definitely a viable future!

  46. Tried this recipe last week. I used unsweetened coconut milk and didn’t use maple syrup since my wife isn’t thrilled by sweet dishes but I loaded on sweet cherry tomatoes to compensate 🙂 . Great presentation and awesome taste.

    1. Thanks Rodrei, really glad you enjoyed! The ingredient swaps sounds great, perfect if you want to take away that little sweetness 🙂

  47. 5 stars
    I made this last time and it was a big hit at my house, the only difference I put in this recipe, was that I added chicken breast and it was so delicious. This recipe will be in my favorited list. Thank you.

    1. Haha, you’re welcome Flo! Of course we could never put chicken into a recipe on our lovely veggie and vegan site, but I’m glad you enjoyed it. Maybe one day we can convince you to leave the chicken out too 😉

  48. 5 stars
    YUM, this looks delicious. I am slowly getting into a full vegan lifestyle and I am so excited. It’s recipes like these that really make me feel like I can totally enjoy the vegan lifestyle! I love it.

    1. Thanks Annie – and it tastes as good as it looks! I’d say yes, this is exactly the sort of recipe that makes the vegan lifestyle very possible indeed :). Enjoy!

  49. 4 stars
    Amazing! really good will definitely make this again, I did use coconut oil instead of olive oil. very tasty! a keeper! than you 🙂

    1. Thank you! 🙂

    2. You’re very welcome, Denise! Coconut oil in it sounds awesome too 🙂

  50. 5 stars
    Thanks so much for this receipe! It was amazing. I’m vegetarian and I have trouble cooking for my family, who’s not and that delighted all of us 🙂

    1. VERY cool Aina! Yep, it’s hard to beat this one – I’m glad you found it 🙂

  51. 5 stars
    This is so tasty. I’m surprised by how tasty it is considering how cheap, quick, and easy it was to make. Next time I’ll put in some broccolini.

    1. Cool! Really awesome to hear how much you enjoyed it Dh. Yep, it’s definitely a tasty and nutritious belly filler at a good price. Broccolini sounds like a great plan!

  52. I’ve made this for a vegan friend and it was delicious. I want to make for family (not veggie) – Have you ever added meat to this dish – when would you add this and would you take out other ingredients instead? To make double, to you advise doubling all the ingredients?

    1. Haha, well I’d just make it ‘as is’ and not mention there’s not any meat in there :D. But in all seriousness, I’d imagine the easiest way to add meat would be to cook it separately, make sure it’s thoroughly done, then add it to the main pan just before the end. Yep, to make double, just double the ingredients :). If you’re looking on desktop or mobile you should also see a ‘servings’ button where you can choose exactly how many people you want to make it for. The only thing I would advise is to hold back a little on the coconut milk – add more as you go. That way you won’t make it too thin by accident, but can thin it out if needs be 🙂

  53. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness. This is one of, if not THE best recipe I’ve made so far. I’m trying to cook more, (basically, simple things) & this recipe was just perfect. I did many substitutions since I made this on a whim & did not have every single ingredient.No lime: bit of lemon juice. No soy sauce: a tad of Worcester sauce. Had to throw away garlic cloves: about 3 tbsp garlic powder. Even with the stubstitutions, it was perfect go-to recipe! Thank you so much!

    1. That’s awesome to hear, Mimi! Yes, it’s super flexible! We make it virtually every week and it’s never quite the same – and it always works 🙂

  54. 5 stars
    Hey no prob
    Oops didn’t realise coconut milk goes off quickly.i used light and mines been in fridge 3 days will eat last of fridge batch tomorrow.

  55. 5 stars
    This chickpea curry is da bomb!!! I was hoping to find a tasty way to cook chickpeas and I like to do a massive batch of food to last me the week and also freeze some. It is absolutely divine the lime juice provides the sourness, it’s sweet, sour, not too salty, Savoury.i would say it would impress anyone! Meat eaters included. This is going to be a much- repeated recipe and I used masala curry paste. I doubled the portion size on the website to make a big batch and used almost the whole jar of paste. The recipe is spot on.thank you! It is so healthy and tasty. I have it with white rice and i put half an avocado, diced in too, to serve. Very filing, cheap, vegan goodness!

    1. Thanks Ellie! Really cool to hear you enjoyed it so much. Love the avocado idea, I’m quite addicted to them at the moment! Yes, vegan and great – I’ve also made it for lots of meat-eaters – certainly no complaints yet! 🙂

  56. Could I make this with potatoes?

    1. Yes, definitely! Chop them into little chunks and get them in early – along with the onions and co. They’ll be soft enough by the end then 🙂

  57. 4 stars
    Wonderful Recipe!!! It’s very different and yummy recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

  58. This sounds delicious and planning to make it for friends this weekend. Do you think I could add more veg to it? Red bell peppers perhaps? What other veg do you suggest? I’ll probably use red Thai curry paste. Thank you!

    1. Hi Shereen,

      yep red bell peppers would work very well. I always use Thai Curry for this one, so you safe 🙂

    2. 5 stars
      I added sugar snap peas, red/orange/yellow bell pepper and baby spinach. It’s sooo good.

      1. Awesome, Jana! Glad you enjoyed it!!

  59. 5 stars
    A huge hit in my house! Thank you for sharing. It was absolutely delicious!

    1. Excellent!! Happy to help, Sherley 🙂

  60. 5 stars
    The flavor is amazing!!! Even my mum who can’t live without meat told me to do it more often! It may be a baby step, but if I can help her eat healthier it’s priceless. Thank you so much for the recipe! 🙂

    1. That’s awesome Klaudia! So glad the recipe helped. You’re right, every little step is still a step 🙂

  61. 5 stars
    Outstanding Recipe!! This will probably be the “Vegan Alternative” the Thanksgiving this year!!

  62. 5 stars
    Sorry, I forgot to rate this 🙂 5 stars!!

  63. Thank you for the amazing recipe! I’ve made it so many times and I love it!
    I was just wondering how long this would keep in the fridge for? I’m visiting family and would love to make this for them 🙂

    Many thanks!

    1. Niceee, glad you like the recipe!!
      I know it’s fine for two more days in the fridge, but I wouldn’t keep it in there for longer. Coconut milk turns funky relatively quickly. Rather chuck it in the freezer if you want to keep it for longer. Fingers crossed your family likes the curry! 😀

  64. What would you recommend as a replacement for the curry paste? I only have curry powder, from Trader Joe’s along with other dry spices and fresh garlic. I’m brand new at curry. Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Danielle! Curry paste is an essential part I’m afraid. Buuut: do you have ginger, garlic, chilis and cumin? You could create your own “curry paste” with those ingredients by using a food processor. Thumb sized ginger + 2 cloves of garlic + 2 chilis + 1 tsp cumin. Blend. If it needs some liquid you can use the lime or some coconut milk to help you out 🙂
      Hope it helps!

  65. 5 stars
    Best chick pea curry recipe! I used honey from my bees instead of sugar and I only had Thai red curry paste so used a bit less and a little turmeric for the lovely rich yellow colour. Delicious!!!!

    1. Oh dear, Shona, those tweaks sound delicious, seriously!! Will add turmeric as well next time!

  66. 5 stars
    Oops forgot the stars

  67. Very good!! I would double it next time and add more veggies. But the flavor is amazing!!

  68. 5 stars
    Forgot stars!

    1. Hahaa, thank you Gabrielle!!

  69. SOOO Good Hauke! I replaced soy sauce with Aminos and skipped the salt as my father is eating low sodium right now. Still a huge hit!

    Thank you!!!

  70. 3 stars
    So I made this dish, and it was okay-(I’m a terrible cook). I followed this recipe to the max and even added a bit more curry and i myself and my family found it to be bland and added salt-which I hate ☹️. Would you suggest anything else to add that can give it a bit more POP. As I didn’t do so well on my own following the recipe by itself.

    1. Hi Victoria! Sorry to hear the curry didn’t come out so well for you. Let’s try and work out what happened. The first problem is often the curry paste. If that’s bland and boring, there’s a good chance the curry will be too. Which one did you use? I would recommend Patak’s or Sharwood’s Tikka Masala as easy-to-get-hold-of options. Also, the coconut milk could be an issue. There are some super boring milks out there (and I still occassionally grab one by accident/lack of choice). I’m not sure where you’re based, but if you can get ‘Bamboo Garden’ that’s usually a sure bet. I hope one of those makes the difference, if not, please get back to me 🙂

  71. can I use bottled curry sauce such as Pataks – any flavor?

    1. Yep you can! I’d go with a mild patak and add the paste bit by bit so you don’t overdo it 🙂

  72. 5 stars
    This is a lovely vegan curry. I added ground corriander, cumin and half a red chilli. It’s very satisfying and tasty!!! Thank you!

    1. Thanks a lot for the great feedback Hannah! Ground coriander is an excellent idea. Will add it next time as well 🙂

  73. 5 stars
    Just made this! It was quick, delicious, and pretty simple considering this is my first time making curry. Thanks for the recipe! I’m eating it right now and loving it!!!

    1. Welcome to the world of self made curry, Brittany! And so cool to hear it turned out well 😀

  74. Question- Can I use curry powder instead of paste? Thanks

    1. Hi Megan, yes, absolutely! I’d replace each tbsp of paste with 2 tsp curry powder. Add it one tsp at a time, taste-testing as you go 🙂

  75. 5 stars
    I made this. It was quick, easy and absolutely amazing!!! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  76. 5 stars
    I added extra spice, I found just the curry paste a bit bland – even with using the max recommended. I also added roasted pumpkin and baby spinach. We loved it and toddler approved. He kept asking for more chickpeas

    1. Really great to hear, Natasha! Glad your kids liked it as well 😀

  77. Can i use a lower fat coconut milk in this?

    1. Absolutely! I use it often myself too 🙂

  78. Absolutely delicious, would make again 🙂

    1. Thanks a lot, Michelle!!

  79. 5 stars
    I loved this recipe! It was so easy and delicious! I served it with naan and everything was perfect. Thank you for the recipe!

  80. 5 stars
    Became vegetarian 8 months ago and this is my GO TO dish!! I LOOOOVE the chikpeas and the coconut curry, its so delicious!!!!!!

    1. So cool to hear, Maria!! Thanks so much for sharing 😀

  81. 5 stars
    This recipe was fantastic! My meat eating husband and picky toddler even loved it. It reheats very well and in my opinion tastes even better the next day. It was delicious, simple and quick. Looking forward to trying other recipes Thanks for sharing!

    1. Ahh so cool everybody in your family liked this recipe! And yep, I absolutely agree the curry tastes even better the next day!
      Thanks for leaving a comment, Jazzy 🙂

  82. 5 stars
    Eat. This. Everyday! This recipe is AMAZING! Gah, I cannot get enough of it! LOVE LOVE LOVE. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

    1. Awesomeeee! You’re more than welcome Kim, and thanks for letting us know. So good to hear!!

  83. Your meals are “simply the best”. Thank you.

    Do you have a Recipe Book I can purchase online or through a book shop?

    1. Hi Diane, and THANK YOU. That’s very kind of you to say. At the moment we have 2 books available – a high protein veggie book, and a weight loss ebook: Perhaps one of those would interest you? More are planned for the future too. We also run a 30 Day Healthy Veggie Challenge: Thanks again!

  84. 5 stars
    My husband and I have recently become vegetarians and I can honestly say that if the meals I make continue to taste as good as this one (and the vegetarian lasagna that I made the other night) we will never go back to eating meat AGAIN!! This dish was so flavorful and delicious I don’t know where to start but each ingredient worked together BEAUTIFULLY like an orchestra! I did use half coconut milk, half almond milk in order to minimize the saturated fat; and I used half the soy (Bragg’s Liquid Amino). Very filling and satisfying! I look forward to trying some of your other recipes as this was my first!

    1. Hey Chyna, that’s sooooo awesome! Really pleased to hear it. Yes, veggie food can be absolutely amazing, and these days I really don’t miss meat at all (and I was a big meat eater!). I also had veggie lasagna the other day :D. Thank you for the recipe suggestions and feedback – I’m sure others will find it very useful. Keep enjoying!

  85. 4 stars
    I didn’t use the soy or syrup but thought it came out superb, I think the splash of lime and coriander really help to enhance the flavours.
    I did add two handfuls of spinach to mine, and for the curry paste I used 2 heaped teaspoons of Patak’s Tikka masala spice paste. Next time I’m going to add a couple more vine tomatos and some water chesnuts for an additional texture to the dish.

    Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Thanks for the feedback CM, and glad you enjoyed! Always good to add spinach where possible :). And good shout with the tikka masala – it’s my absolute favourite of all curry flavours. The water chesnuts are a great idea, I’ll have to try that myself too!

      1. Thanks Dave. Making again tonight. Thanks again!!

        1. Anytime CM :). And thanks again for the tips, too!

  86. I plan on making this next week, will update!

    1. Look forward to hearing about it Danielle! 🙂

      1. 5 stars
        It’s really good!

        1. Thank you, Danielle!

  87. 5 stars
    I made this curry last night. Best and tastiest vegetable curry I have made. So quick and easy. Added green beans and spinach. Doubled the chick peas. Will become a favourite after work dinner. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. That’s awesome to hear Karen! So pleased to hear it. It’s a favourite here too!

  88. 5 stars
    I made this yesterday! I was so good! Easy to make and my husband and my son of 3,5 loved it. Thank you!

    1. You’re welcome, and thank you for the kind words Maaike. Glad you all enjoyed it!

  89. I’ve made this several times, so figured it was time to tell you thanks! It’s a great recipe. I have also added cauliflower, tofu, peas, whatever, and it always works well. The idea of beans and rice making a “complete protein” was touted decades ago — and it was debunked decades ago as well, but for some reason the myth stuck around. You can read about that online if you want to verify it.

    1. Hi Jenny! Thanks for the props, really glad to hear it became a “regular” in your kitchen. Also, thanks for you info on the complete protein discussion. I assume it’s a myth that you need to eat both foods at the same time, though it should be certain that legumes and grains contain different amino acids 🙂

  90. Been looking for some healthier, tasty recipes. Can’t wait to try! Thanks!

    1. You’re very welcome, enjoy!

  91. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh! This was amazing, I will be making this again and again! My 4 year-old even liked it!

    1. Thanks Danielle! Really glad to hear that! The younger you start them on curry, the better :D. I think I was about 5 when I tried my first curry on ‘India Day’ at primary school and I absolutely loved it straight away 🙂

  92. 5 stars
    This recipe was GREAT! How long have you or others kept this in the fridge. Can it be refrigerated in lunch sized containers to pull out over the course of a few days. How many days?? Any idea?

    1. Really glad to hear that Janet! We love this recipe too. I often make it in large batches and eat it over the next couple of days – usually 2, and that’s totally fine. I’d imagine a third day is probably ok too, though I wouldn’t go much past that. Have you thought about freezing it instead? You could make several batches and freeze them as soon as they’re cool – then just take out a portion the night before you want to use it. You can do the same with rice, and reheat them together. You may need to put a few drops of water on the rice if it seems dry before you reheat. I hope that answers your question!

  93. Can I make this without the basil?

    1. For sure, Debbie! You can also experiment with whatever you have to hand, many people have made their own ‘freestyle’ versions and they’ve turned out great!

  94. 5 stars
    really good curry

    thank you !!

    1. Glad you liked the curry, Jen! 🙂

  95. 5 stars
    This was soooo good! As a vegan in a non-vegan household, I am always trying to find recipes that my family will eat with me! Everyone loved this, it was definitely a winner.

    Thanks so much, will be making again.


    1. Niceee!! Really glead to here that Katerina 😀

  96. 5 stars
    I can’t believe that I can make a curry that tastes even better than the curry at my favorite Thai restaurant! Plus it doesn’t take much time to fix. Thank you for this amazing recipe!

    1. Wohoooooooo!! What a great compliment, Judy – thank you! 😀

  97. Also I’d like to add, the name “hurrythefoodup” BRILLIANT! Especially for busy people that want to get their food on!

    1. hahaaa, thanks Elena!
      Much appreciated the props 😀

  98. Yum! I recently made a lifestyle change to eat lots of veggies, no meat so I’m excited to try this tonight!

    1. Hope it turned out as tasty as you hoped! 😀
      Fingers crossed from my side too

  99. 5 stars
    Thank you very much for sharing this easy and delicious recipe! It’s my new favorite! <3

    1. That’s great Lucila! Really pleased to hear it. You’re very welcome for the share, good food should be that way 🙂

  100. Would this work with Thai curry paste?

    1. Absolutely, Allison! 🙂

  101. 5 stars
    This is my favorite recipe ever! I stumbled across it on Pinterest & have been making it ever since. I’m not even a vegetarian/vegan; my husband liked to add chicken to this dish but I prefer it just as the recipe calls. It’s so quick & easy too – I make it about once every week! Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Wow, thank you Rachel! Really, really glad you both enjoy it so much – we love it still too. I’m not a vegan either, but it’s recipes like this that make me think it might just be possible. I think it’s time to make it again 🙂

  102. 5 stars
    We just finished enjoying this recipe for for dinner – first time I’ve made it. I couldn’t believe how easy it was but how amazingly delicious it was. We may never have to go out for curry again!

    1. Thank you Judy! That’s a great compliment :). Really pleased you enjoyed it so much!

  103. 5 stars
    My finicky vegan husband LOVED this! I used jasmine rice cooked in coconut milk!

    1. Awesome to hear JD! We often make it with Jasmine rice too 🙂

  104. 1 star
    I didn’t like this recipe. My palette was very confused with the basmati rice and basil, mix of thai and indian flavours. Maybe this is because i’ve never had chickpeas with Thai flavourings, always Indian style curries. I was quite excited by this recipe as everyone rated it 5 stars, not the recipe for me though.

    1. Hi Rose, bummer this recipe wasn’t for you, but fair shout! Probably not possible to create a recipe that works for all palates. Personally, I’m absolutely on the 5-star side for this one. 🙂

  105. Sorry,new to this,the curry looks amazing but how do I get the recipe please?

    1. Hi Sue! Well, the recipe is in that very post you’ve been commenting. You should be able to see it without anything else to do. Maybe scroll down or up a little 🙂

  106. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing! I might have to make this weekly. I used massaman curry paste as it’s my favorite and it came out amazing and really good with sriracha for added spice.

  107. 5 stars
    I know I’m a few months late to the party, but I was looking to make something out of my norm tonight and found this recipe. I’m so glad I did because it was delicious!! I was worried about how all of the ingredients would work together but they came together beautifully. I used green curry paste and ended up having to use 2 tbs or so because I didn’t find it spicy. I will definitely make this again. Thank you!!!

    1. Coool man!! Wow, 2 tbsp green curry paste probably would knock me out 😀
      You definitely are comfortable with a different spice level than me. Glad you liked the recipe and thanks for the comment!

  108. 5 stars
    I made the meal just now, with a few amendments (didn’t have maple syrup, garlic), and about to eat 🙂 Wanted to ask, since I’m trying to control/improve diet (calories, protein) with wanting to increase lean mass, I noticed it says the ingredients make 3 servings… is the nutritional info that’s listed per serving i.e. for example, if I ate myself (1 serving), is it 480 kcal? Thanks.

    1. Hi Shri! Yep, one serving is 480 kcal. That also includes the rice. 🙂
      All the best with your diet goal!!

  109. 5 stars
    I just made this and it is really good! My 2 year old has been picking out the chickpeas and eating them! Thank you for sharing the recipe!!!

    1. haaa, that’s great to here, Kitta!! Glad you could even convince the picky eater (literally) in your family with the dish 😀

  110. This was delicious, will definitely make again. I used almond milk and 3tblsp of madras curry paste and it was just right spice wise. great recipe – thank you

    1. You’re very welcome Kate! Thanks for sharing your variation on it – it’s such a versatile dish. Madras is a personal favourite of mine too, I like it with that little extra kick 🙂

  111. 5 stars
    I’m about to make this for my husband and I’m really excited to try it! Do the cherry tomatoes need to be chopped? Also, the directions mention syrup and brown sugar, but they are not in the ingredients list. Are they optional?

    1. Hi there! Yep, please chop the cherry tomatoes. And 1-2 tsp of maple syrup OR sugar are definitely enough 🙂

    2. Really strange about the maple syrup. I think it must’ve disappeared with our recent change to a new recipe layout. Very odd. Thanks for pointing it out JJRich!

  112. Could you use a crock pot for this recipe?

    1. Hi Tara! Hmmm, I never worked with a crockpot to be honest. I can’t help you out there unfortunately 🙁

    2. You could definitely use a crockpot. I would throw it all in EXCEPT the lime and cook on low for 4-6 hours. I probably wouldn’t cook it on high because the curry paste and coconut milk could separate. Add the lime in the last 30 minutes or so of cooking.

  113. Could you use a Thai Green Curry paste with this? Also, do you mean 2-3 full tomatoes chopped or maybe cherry tomatoes halved as in picture? Gonna try this one today!

    1. Hi Alan! Yep, absolutely – in fact, I almost always use green Thai Curry Paste for this recipe. And Yep, a good handful or two of halved cherry tomatoes work great in this recipe. Hope you’ll like it 😀

  114. 5 stars
    So yummy! I did end up with a lot more curry than rice though, I might suggest making some extra. Pretty easy and affordable too.

  115. 5 stars
    I’m slowly making my way into a completely vegan diet and I’m so glad I found this!! I made it tonight for dinner and it was delicious, I threw in diced chicken breasts for my husband and he loved it as well. I also used pesto instead of basil since I didn’t have any on hand. Thank you for a great recipe that I will be making over and over.

    1. That’s awesome to hear Destiney! Really glad you enjoyed it. The pesto is a perfect replacement for basil, great idea! Would also add a nice extra bit of consistency to the sauce too I imagine. Thanks for letting us know and keep enjoying the vegan diet! 🙂

  116. Do I have to use the rice? Does it make a difference?

    1. Hi Morgan, rice is definitely a personal preference of mine with curry – but you certainly don’t have to use it! You could swap it out for another side (naan bread is delicious too) but the chickpeas are filling enough in their own right for it to be a complete meal as well 🙂

  117. 5 stars
    This was delicious!! It’s definitely going into my rotation. Husband who’s a picky eater loved it. I may double because there wasn’t enough left for leftovers!! I couldn’t find the curry paste you recommend so I used Thai Kitchen green curry paste and it worked fine. Thanks!

    1. Hahah, yees! We’ll work on a new recipe format that will allow you to make serving changes. Then it’s easier to make big batches for leftovers 😉

  118. 5 stars
    Man, this is good.

    1. Thanks Maria! Very glad you think so 🙂

  119. 5 stars
    I pinned this recipe quite a while ago. My husband and I have been slowly making the shift to a vegan diet. After living in Ireland for a year (and being introduced to curry there), I wanted to introduce my family to a vegan friendly version. Love how easy it was to make. I didn’t have curry paste, but used curry spice, dash of red crushed pepper, and a dash of both cumin and coriander along with a touch of brown sugar. Unfortunately we were all out of limes, so we didn’t get to experience it with that flavor added…but no matter, it was still delicious and filling. I’m excited to have leftovers for work lunches this week! Thanks, I’ll definitely try more of your vegan recipes!!

    1. Hi Holly! I hope you enjoy Ireland so far 🙂
      Cool that the recipe turned out well even without some ingredients. As for the lime you could substitute it with lemon or even vinegar. It’s all about getting a lightly sour touch to it. Thanks for your comment and we’ll keep on developing more vegan stuff! 😀

  120. Aha! My mistake. Next time I’ll drain them. Thanks for the reply.

  121. I made this last night and it was a big hit with all the family. Just one question. It was quite liquidy. I added the can of chickpeas with its liquid. Was that correct?

    1. Hi Lisa! Really awesome you liked the recipe! It’s definitely better to drain and rinse the chickpeas. I just updated the recipe to make this more clear. Thanks for the heads up!

  122. 5 stars
    I made this for dinner tonight and wow – delicious! I used a Thai red curry that I had in the fridge and it worked great. Definitely going into regular dinner rotation.

    1. That’s awesome to hear Kristi! I love red thai curry too. In fact I love most curry 😀 thanks for the feedback, it’s much apreciated!

  123. 5 stars
    I made this about a month ago. I added some boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Sorry, I like meat! It was delicious! My 12 year old son liked it as well, but would not eat the chickpeas. He said he didn’t like the texture. I was wondering if I could use lentils next time?

    1. Absolutely!
      Actually I often use lentils, when I only have dry chickpeas around, since they take quite some time to prepare. Lentils are done way quicker. Works really good with them 🙂

  124. 5 stars
    I was hesitant to make this last night…lime…with coconut milk…huh…OMG this is amazing!!! Thank you for sharing this. I now must check out more recipes on your site.

    1. Thank you Liz!! Yeah, it all really fits together well doesn’t it? It’s one of those recipes that just somehow ‘works’. Thanks for letting us know how much you enjoyed it, it really means a lot! Look forward to hearing which other recipes you try 🙂

  125. Can I use plain white rice instead of basmati..?

    1. Absolutely, Stephanie! 🙂

  126. 5 stars
    Oh! This looks remarkable! I enjoy an eco-friendly curry, and I haven’t made one with chickpeas. An amazing dish Boys!! We would most definitely try it.

    1. Thanks a lot Alma!! Yess, chickpeas are really really good in a curry. But actually I find the tomatoes even more crucial in this one 😀

  127. Just wondering if you saw my question about freezing this dish? Thanks.

    1. Hi again! Just noticed your comment, sorry for the late reply!

      1. Thanks Howie! Made the Creamy Broccoli Pasta last night – another fab recipe, looking forward to trying the Zoodles!

        1. Woah, that’s really a huge compliment to us- Thanks for trying out so many of our recipes!!
          Also, if you don’t like a recipe or think we could improve something, we won’t feel hurt. Actually, we appreciate it 🙂

  128. 5 stars
    Yum! I would love to try it❤❤❤

    1. We highly recommend it Cherry! Let us know if you do, we love feedback on our recipes 🙂

  129. 5 stars
    This is the best vegetarian curry I’ve had, made it last night and it’s sooooo good.
    Just a quick question, can it be frozen?
    Great website, really love your recipes, the Sweet Potato Soup is also excellent!!

    1. Hi Paddy, no idea how your comment slipped through, sorry for the late reply!!
      I would say yes, but I never tried it to be honest. As for the curry, I noticed it’s even tastier the next day. So I think flavourwise there isn’t a problem at all.

      Really glad you liked both of our recipes, thanks! 😀

  130. so i started making this dish realizing i do not have any curry paste is there anyhing else i can use as a quick substitute?

    1. No curry at all? Peanut butter sauce!

      1 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
      1 tbsp soy sauce (light or dark are both great)
      1-2 tsp maple syrup

      But I guess my answer came too late, huh?

  131. 5 stars
    This is my new favorite recipe. I stumbled upon it on Pinterest and on the nights I’m not making it, I’m dreaming about how delicious it is. Any recommendations on a side dish to serve with it?

    1. Hi Brie! Really pleased you love it :). We always have it with naan bread or poppadoms – what have you tried so far?

    2. 5 stars
      I had it with white rice, it was delicious

      1. Awesome to hear, thanks 😀

  132. Hi,I have a question regarding the curry- the recipe says “curry paste”. I have Thai yellow paste, Thai red paste, or curry powder.
    Which one (or combination) would you recommend intend of the suggested curry paste in the recipe? I can’t find the recipe paste in our local grocery store .
    Cant wait to try this dish!

    1. Hi Pnina!
      I’d go with the yellow curry paste. Those Thai pastes are usually quite spicy. I’d go for the less spicier yellow curry. Start slow, with a rather small tbsp, mix in and check the spice level. If it’s spicy enough but you still need flavor, use your curry powder. That way you should be able to take advantage of the richer flavour of pastes without over spicing things 🙂

      1. Great, thanks! I will do that 🙂

  133. 5 stars
    An amazing recipe guys!! We would definitely try it. It’s an alternative to a recipe we have here in Greece. We cook the chickpeas with olive oil, lemon juice and dry oregano and then mix it with rice.
    Thank you for sharing it 🙂

    Panos & Mirella

    1. Thanks a lost Panos & Mirella!!

      Wow, the Greek way of prepping chickpeas sounds excellent too! Will have to check that out 😀

    2. I love Greek cuisine! Bet the chickpeas are great 🙂

  134. Do you add the liquid (water/salt the chickpeas are canned in) with the chickpeas into the pot?

    1. Hi there! Nope, better rinse and drain the chickpeas in a colander beforehand 🙂

  135. 5 stars
    I loved the pinch of lime wich brings a good freshness to the curry. I added Romanesco cabbage for a bit of crunch.

    1. Glad you liked the curry, Lily!!
      Romanesco cabbage – somehow I never buy it. I shall change that 😀

  136. About how much was your can of coconut milk- 1.5 cups?

    1. exactly! Will add it 🙂
      Thanks for the question, Elaura

  137. Can I use home made pesto for flavoring? I can’t get fresh basil this time of the year.

    1. Good point! And most certainly you can. Maybe you wanna use a bit less of the olive oil then, since pesto is usually quite oily as well 🙂

  138. 5 stars
    I just made this on this rainy fall day and it is delish. I added spinich as veg of choice .
    The sprinkle of lime before serving put this right over the top for me. I can’t wait to make it again.

    1. So so cool you liked the dish, Melissa!! And yes, the lime really is the kicker. It makes such a difference, it’s impressive 😀
      Enjoy the weekend!

  139. 4 stars
    Made this a couple days ago and it’s super delicious and cozy, perfect thing to eat in fall. I didn’t have enough chickpeas on hand so I just added a generous amount of broccoli and for the milk I used unsweetened almond. It’s a bit too spicy for me even with just 1 Tbsp curry paste, but thats just personal preference and I’ll adjust accordingly next time – will definitely make again, thanks for the recipe 😀

    1. Hi Rebecca,
      thanks a ton for coming back to let us know how you liked it (and awesome it was good!). Almond milk sounds definitely very good too!! Never thought of it. Yees, spices can be a bit tricky at times 😉

    2. Really glad you enjoyed it Rebecca! It’s definitely a good one to eat at this time of year. It sounds like you substituted things perfectly. Thanks for letting us know!

  140. Make sure to use gluten free soy sauce if you are serving to people with an allergy (soy sauce usually has wheat)

    1. Good point, I’ll add that to the recipe! 🙂

      1. 5 stars
        I’m on day 11 of an illness and not up to serious cooking but I felt the need for something substantial and healthy but not too heavy and this did the trick!

        I’m out of coconut milk and certainly not going to the store just for that so I used plain unsweetened almond milk. The sauce was pretty thin because of that so I let it cook down until it thickened a little then I put one cup of cooked chickpeas and a little bit of water in my food processor, pulsed those, and added them back to the sauce. That really helped a lot.

        I had this with a little bit of steamed brown rice and a small salad and I am very satisfied. Even better, there’s plenty left over for lunch tomorrow!

        1. I’m glad they turned out so well, and it sounds like you nailed the substitutes :). Nice one on getting the consistency back up from the almond milk, too. Hope you feel better soon!

  141. 5 stars
    This was soo good. I added a lil’ garlic hummus and used green thai curry paste and added turmeric and some spinach which wilted so nicely. Will be making this again and again!

    1. Really, really glad you enjoyed it Erin! I can imagine the green thai fits nicely in there too – and a bit of spinach is always welcome 😉 ahhh haha I’m getting really hungry thinking of it now!

  142. 5 stars
    My husband made this for us last night. I’m not a huge fan of chickpeas outside of hummus, but MAN was this good. This is a keeper in our house. He said that the lime really made a different in taste. And, he added some red pepper flakes and since we didn’t have curry paste, he added garam masala, curry powder, and extra coriander.

    1. That’s so good to hear! It’s really popular in our house too, and we often cook it for friends. Awesome that you found your way around it without the paste – gotta love it when a recipe is versatile enough you can change things and it still tastes great. Thanks for posting Kari!

  143. I am unable to see your chickpea curry. It is just blank.

    Is there a reason? I have tried a number of ways.


    1. Hmm, that’s strange! Did you try to view the recipe via mobile phone perhaps? Either way, I sent you the recipe via email 🙂

  144. This sounds delicious! And so easy! Definitely cooking this for the family some time.

    1. It’s been on our favourites rotation for ages now. I highly recommend giving it a try!

  145. 5 stars
    I made this yesterday with red curry paste and had it for lunch today. It was so good! Thank you for sharing.

    1. So cool you liked the curry, Andrea!! This one really develops into a hit, glad to hear 😀

  146. Hi,
    when am I supposed to add the basil leaves? Are they to be cooked with the sauce or served raw as a garnish?

    1. H Karoline! Very good point, I’ll have to update that. Chop the basil and add it to the sauce along with the tomato and lime juice. Set a couple of basil leaves aside for garnish 🙂

      Thanks for pointing this out!

    2. I’ve been searching for a good curry recipe…and got so lucky when stumbling over this, cause this not only good: it’s perfect!

      Perfect combination of sweet, salty and sour!

      I’m a new fan of yours, for sure!

      1. Woohoo, thanks Matilde! Really glad you enjoyed it and I’m very happy to have you with us!

  147. Fab recipe. I food processed a cauliflower into cauli rice n stirred it thro until cooked. Also added extra can of chick peas some extra stock tons of spinach to make a huge pan for separating and freezing. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. That sounds awesome Rachel! Glad it inspired you – now you’ve done the same for me :D. I’m gonna try that today!

  148. Oh my, this looks soooo tasty, I gotta try it !

  149. Yum! Love curried dishes like these! Especially with tikka masala!

  150. 5 stars
    When I saw that first picture, I knew that it had coconut milk in it. I love curries with coconut milk, they have that inherent sweetness that balances out the spice perfectly. Great recipe!

  151. I have such a weakness for curry! I could literally eat it every day. Chickpeas sound fantastic in it!

    1. I’m trying not to eat this every day at the mo 😀

  152. This is the perfect go-to Tuesday meal, or Monday, Friday or Sunday!

  153. Oh this looks amazing! I love a green curry, and I haven’t made one with chickpeas.

  154. Sooo funny, I literally had something so similar for lunch today! My veggies were zucchini and red bell peppers though. I love curry SO much and this looks divine and vibrant! I could eat all of that and then some! I love adding that splash of lime juice right before devouring it too. Gorgeous Howie!

  155. This is a dish I could eat everyday and never be sick of! Yum!