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Chickpea Curry Recipe

Try this super delicious and healthy chickpea curry recipe for dinner tonight – it literally takes just 5 minutes to make!

Chana Masala Recipe

Easy Chickpea Curry

For a quick dinner idea using ingredients you might already have in your kitchen, this easy curry recipe is definitely one to try.

The base needs just three ingredients, and you can easily customize it to fit what you have on hand.

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5 Minute Chickpea Curry Recipe

Family friendly

Great for meal prep

Leftovers freeze well

Uses pantry staple ingredients

Can be vegan + gluten free

Customize The Curry Recipe!

This curry is super versatile – you can add chopped pineapple, mango, roasted sweet potato or butternut squash, cauliflower, broccoli, fresh or frozen kale or spinach, carrot, or zucchini.

For added protein, curried chickpea recipes sometimes include chicken, but you can easily throw in some baked tofu or tempeh and keep it vegetarian.

For a Moroccan chickpea curry, add 1/4 tsp cinnamon and a handful of raisins or chopped dried apricots.

Or for a spicy Indian chickpea curry similar to chana masala, double the ginger and serve with basmati rice or naan bread.

You can make the basic recipe with water or coconut milk, whichever you prefer.

For Dessert, Make One Of These Low Calorie Desserts

The Best Easy Healthy Applesauce Muffins

Curried Chickpeas – Serving Suggestions:

Rice or Quinoa

Naan or Roti Bread

Applesauce Muffins, Keto Muffins, or Oatmeal Muffins

Or you can serve the chickpea curry stew over spaghetti squash or a baked sweet potato (here’s how to cook sweet potatoes).

If you find yourself out of curry powder like I did when making the tomato curry, you can combine the following to make your own authentic curry powder: 1/2 tbsp ground coriander, 3/4 tsp ground cumin, 1/2 tsp turmeric, and 1/8 tsp chili powder.

Stir all ingredients together, then use 1 tbsp of this mixture in the curried chickpeas recipe.

Slow Cooker Tomato Chickpea Curry

To make the recipe in a crock pot, double all ingredients and cook everything except the spinach (if using fresh) on low 4-5 hours or until thick. Stir in the spinach until wilted.

Above – Watch the video how to make chickpea curry!

The Best Easy Chickpea Curry Recipe
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Chickpea Curry Recipe

This easy and healthy chickpea curry recipe takes just 5 minutes to make!
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Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 4 cups


  • 1 can chickpeas or white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water or coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt, just under level
  • optional 1/4 tsp powdered ginger
  • optional 1/2 cup diced onion and 2 tsp minced garlic
  • optional handful fresh or frozen spinach


  • If desired, sauté onion and garlic in a little oil until onion is lightly browned. Or skip this step and simply combine all ingredients except spinach in a pot, bring to a boil, and let cook until desired thickness is reached. Turn off heat, stir in spinach until it wilts, taste and add pepper and additional salt if desired. This tastes even better the next day as the flavors intensify overnight. Leftovers also freeze well.
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Notes: For variation ideas or substitutions, or for a slow cooker option, see “customize the recipe” instructions earlier in this post. And if you’re a visual person, be sure to check out the video above showing how to make the curry.
Also Try This Black Bean Soup Recipe or this Cauliflower Soup Recipe.

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Published on April 15, 2020

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  1. Sue says

    Made this tonight using white beans, zucchini, and a handful of spinach. Served over basmati rice. Easy, delicious, and nutritious!

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