20 Minute Chickpea Curry

20 Minute Chickpea Curry

Yayyyyy for curry. When I’m thinking comfort food, sure my mother’s blue cheese mashed potatoes with made-from-scratch gravy come to mind, how can they not. But creamy red curry with a hint of coconut and lime with veggies, chickpeas, and basmati rice? That has to spell C.O.M.F.O.R.T. I will admit I’ve been found in several instances on the couch indulging in Gray’s Anatomy re-runs, my gray fuzzy slippers I love so much because I can wear them both inside and outside, and a bowl of steaming hot curry. I crave it regularly. Like… right now.

Chickpea Curry {Vegetarian}

I’d really like to know –  how do you feel about chickpeas? I was introduced to them only in the last couple of years when I discovered hummus. Where was hummus all of my life before that? Really. Shouldn’t the ranch dip at parties be replaced with creamy hummus? Okay maybe not, I really love my ranch dip. But they should at least both be invited. One carrot with hummus, one carrot with ranch dip, one triscuit with hummus…. You see what I mean.

Chickpea Curry {Vegetarian}

I don’t think I’d just eat a handful of raw chickpeas, but they are a fantastic vehicle for something like curry. This meal comes together SO quickly. Seriously, I could push it to thirty minutes if I was realllllly being slow. But if I’m hungry (and I always am) there’s no way this is taking longer than twenty minutes. Just chop those veggies, throw em in a pan and cook them til tender, add the rest of the ingredients, stir til warm, serve over rice. How easy is that? Crazy delicious, totally simple and ready to eat in no time at all – this Chickpea Curry is the perfect healthy weeknight dinner!

Chickpea Curry {Vegetarian}

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A quick and simple creamy curry dish with chickpeas, veggies, and a hint of coconut! So easy - it's ready in just twenty minutes, plus it's healthy!
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 4
  • 1 cup snow peas, sliced crosswise
  • ½ white onion, diced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • ½ red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 2 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 14-ounce cans coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons red curry paste
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 teaspoon yellow curry powder
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas/garbanzo beans
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • optional: cooked white rice
  1. Add snow peas, onions, carrots, red peppers and oil to a large pan or nonstick skillet and sauté over medium-high heat 5-6 minutes until veggies are tender. Add garlic and cook another minute or so until garlic is fragrant.
  2. Add coconut milk, red curry paste, lime juice, yellow curry powder, chickpeas, garlic slat, and salt. Continue to cook and stir until chickpeas are heated through (about five minutes). Stir in cilantro. Taste and add salt if desired. Serve warm over rice and top with additional cilantro. Enjoy!
*you may add cooked meat if you prefer a non-vegetarian version. I suggest chicken or shrimp!

*recipe adapted from How Sweet It Is


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This looks incredible! I really need to make more meatless meals for my family.

wow, looks amazing. love your site, recipe’s and photo’s!

This looks absolutely fantastic!

Oh this looks incredible. I love curry chickpeas!

This curry recipe looks AMAZING, Tiffany! I can’t wait to try this out for one of our meatless meals. I am sharing this tomorrow in a recipe round up on my blog. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!! 🙂

    Amanda, thanks so much for your sweet comment and for including my recipe in your roundup! We are obsessed with easy curry dishes in our house and this one is definitely one of my favorites!! 🙂

This looks so yummy! I’ve never made curry before but I’m not a fan of the coconut flavor in dishes I’ve had so far. Do you think I could omit the coconut milk?

    Hi Ashley! I haven’t tried it myself but I’m pretty sure heavy cream or Half & Half would give it the same creaminess without the coconut flavor. If I tried this, I’d also taste and then possibly add a some extra yellow curry powder and a touch of chili powder or cayenne pepper to give it an extra flavor boost. Hope this helps! 🙂

This has become a household favorite, we make this at least once a month if not more, its really is delicious. (coconut milk and chickpeas are a must get at the store now)

A delicious, fast, cost effective, and meat-free meal! I don’t miss the meat. If you don’t like spicy food 1/2 the red curry. I happen to love it!

This was AWESOME! The whole family loved, loved, loved it. Thank you!

Made this last night – delish!

Hi Tiffany, thank you for the incredible recipe! This dish was delish! When I made this dish, to me it was very sweet. If I want it to be quite hot, I mean really hot, do I add more yellow curry, red curry paste, or both? I’m making it again tonight! Can’t resist!

Just making it now, do you really need 2 x 14oz cans of coconut milk, one can seams two much.

Can I use curry seasoning instead of red curry paste? I won’t be able to get to the store before trying this recipe, which sounds fabulous.

    Hi, You can use curry powder, I would just keep adding and tasting til you get a good flavor. Also be sure to add salt because that will really help to enhance the flavor of the curry powder.

You had me at snowpeas!! 🙂

I’m making this recipe now and it seems a bit soupy with the two cans of coconut milk. It isn’t looking much like the picture. Should the coconut milk cook down? Or should I just use one can next time? It still looks delicious, can’t wait to try it!

This has become a household staple! I, too, was not really on the Chickpea bandwagon, but this and a few other recipes have me into them! We LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe and make it about 1x/month! I’ve seen a few other comments about it being soupy. Ours was perfect the first time and then all previous times has been quite runny. I’m thinking less coconut milk? But it still tastes AH-MAZING, so we’re good with it a little soupy!

Just made this and it is DELICIOUS!!!! Thanks for this recipe!

Flavor is great! But I also had a problem with it being too runny. Mixing a tablespoon of corn starch with two tablespoons of cold water and then mixing it into the sauce seemed to thicken it perfectly. (Just in case anyone had the same problem I had, this will salvage it)

Thank you for this recipe. It is AMAZING. Going to Use it forever.

    So awesome! Glad you loved it!