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Chickpea Curry Recipe

4.95 from 18 votes

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!
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 4 cups
5 from 18 votes


  • 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. Cindy says

    You mention Spinach in the instructions but it is not in the ingredient list. How much do you use for this recipe?

    • Jason Sanford says

      Hi! You don’t have to measure, and it depends on how much you personally prefer. Just stir in a handful (you can start with 1/4 of a bag if you want a specific measurement) and then add more once it wilts if you still prefer more.
      Jason (media relations)

  2. Raya Khedheri says

    Just a silly question, roughly how much spinach would you use? I just noticed it is not on the ingredient list, I don’t think? Thanks, love your recipes!

    • Jason Sanford says

      No need to measure, and it depends on how much you personally prefer. Just stir in a handful (you can start with 1/4 of a bag if you want a specific measurement) and then add more once it wilts if you still prefer more.
      Jason (media relations)

  3. Christine says

    Is that coconut milk in a can? Or the drinking version of coconut milk? Also, what size cans for tomatoes and beans?

    Thank YOU!!!

    • Jason Sanford says

      Either will work on the coconut milk, or water is also fine to use. Canned coconut milk just makes it a thicker and more Thai like curry. Standard 15 oz cans 🙂

  4. Tammy S says

    I added frozen uncooked shrimp (12 ounces, large) and frozen chopped broccoli (about 2 cups) and put it all in the Crock-Pot for 4 hours. I’m going to serve this over spaghetti squash for dinner! It smells so good in my house right now!

  5. Albertina Geller says

    This is like the Indian dish “Chole” I had it once in New Delhi and the spiciness made my eyes water. The main difference between that and this is the addition of coconut milk and spinach as ingredients and some variations in the cooking. Since I absolutely loved Chole, I can’t wait to try this ut too!

  6. Angela says

    This chickpea curry recipe is legit amazing. We made it for dinner last night at home and it was so easy to throw together. Thank you!!!

  7. Kathryn says

    I made this last night, and it was delicious! I would have liked to add spinach or kale, but didn’t have any. The kids added frozen corn to theirs. I will for sure be making this again!!

    I added everything to the instant pot and cooked on Soup/Stew for 6 minutes.

  8. Sarah Patrick says

    I made this for dinner tonight and it’s SO good! I doubled the recipe, used a full can of reduced fat coconut milk, added some garam masala and cumin, and used an immersion blender to partially blend some of the chickpeas and tomatoes. This is a terrific pantry meal (except the spinach) that I will be adding into our rotation. Thank you for the delicious recipe, Katie!

  9. Sue says

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

  10. Varina says

    I LOOOOOOOOVE this recipe! It is a feel-good, delicious meal with zero guilt ANNNND it’s quick and easy to make! I’ve made huge pots and delivered containers of it to family members during the pndemic, and everyone loves it. Thank you for this!!! Another winner!!!!

  11. Kim says

    This recipe is bomb!!

    I made a few changes, and absolutely LOVE this:
    -subbed veg broth for coconut milk
    -because of this, cooked my onions / garlic in coconut oil to get that flave
    -added squeeze of lemon
    -added 1/2 to 1 tsp of garam masala
    -at the end, added a heaping TBS (ish) of dark brown sugar.

    This is my new winter lunch go-to recipe!!! Thank you!!

  12. Liz says

    How many grams in one serving?? I’d love to know this for all your recipes. Just knowing how many servings and calories is not the whole picture. Also need to know how big one serving would be . Thanks!

  13. Larissa Stevenson says

    5 stars
    I made this today and it turned out amazing! I did use water instead of coconut milk, but that’s just because I ran out. I am totally going to make this again, a great dinner for a snowy day! (:

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