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Creamy Chickpea Curry

Sharon Palmer

This fragrant flavorful creamy chickpea curry dish is rich in the flavors of India, including turmeric, ginger, garlic, cumin, coriander, and garam masala. A light coconut milk sauce adds a velvety texture to this sauce, which is brimming with the nutrition power of chickpeas, a traditional pulse ingredient filled with protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Serve it with your favorite cooked whole grain, such as brown rice, wild rice, sorghum, or millet, to make this a meal in one.

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Creamy Chickpea Curry

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  • Author: The Plant-Powered Dietitian
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 11 minutes
  • Total Time: 26 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This fragrant, flavorful creamy chickpea curry dish (which is vegan and gluten-free) is rich in the flavors of turmeric, ginger, garlic, cumin, coriander, and garam masala with a light coconut milk sauce and hearty chickpeas.




  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Place onion, chili, ginger, garlic, turmeric, garam masala, cumin, coriander, mustard, salt (optional), black pepper, and brown sugar in the container of a food processor or high-powdered blender. Process for a few minutes, until very smooth, and makes a paste.
  2. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat, and add seasoning paste to the pan, sautéing for 3 minutes, stirring frequently so it doesn’t burn.
  3. Add coconut milk and tomato paste, reduce heat to medium low, and stir well while heating for 4 minutes, until sauce is thick, creamy and bubbling.
  4. Add the chickpeas, stirring well to combine, and cook, stirring frequently, over medium-low heat, for 4-5 minutes, until mixture is thick and bubbly.
  5. Garnish with cilantro.
  6. Serve over cooked whole grains (i.e. brown rice, sorghum, quinoa, millet) as desired.
  7. Makes 8 servings (about ¾ cup chickpea curry per serving)
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: Indian


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 154
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 249 mg
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 6 g

Keywords: curry, vegan curry, healthy curry

For other classic Indian recipes, check out a few of my favorite recipes:

Edamame Masala Brown Basmati Rice Bowl
Indian-Style Potatoes
Indian-Style Yellow Lentil Stew
Kachumber Salad

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