This vegan chickpea curry is made with Thai red curry paste and coconut milk for a creamy, flavorful sauce. This simple curry recipe cooks in just 20 minutes! Serve it with rice or naan for a tasty dinner.

chickpea curry

Ever since I made these coconut curry noodles, I’ve had the coconut curry combination on my mind. Since I was out of rice noodles and hunting for an option with a little more protein and fiber, I decided to whip up a chickpea curry. Luckily, I had all the ingredients in my pantry, so this came together in only a few minutes. I was surprised at how simple this turned out to be!

vegan chickpea curry

What is red curry paste?

This recipe uses Thai red curry paste to flavor the sauce. It’s typically a combination of red chili peppers, garlic, lemongrass, ginger, and spices. If you’re looking for it at the grocery store, you can usually find it in the Asian section near the soy sauce. I like the Thai Kitchen brand, which is gluten-free and vegan. 

What’s the best type of coconut milk?

I use canned coconut milk for this recipe. I like the creaminess that comes with canned coconut milk, but if you want a lower fat option, you can use lite coconut milk. Do not substitute with a coconut milk drink, which will be too thin for this recipe. The coconut milk should be very thick. Trader Joe’s, Thai Kitchen, and Whole Foods all make delicious canned coconut milk!

curry in a pan

What to serve with chickpea curry

I like to serve this curry over brown rice but you could also serve it over quinoa if you wanted an option with a little more protein. No time to cook rice? Try serving it with a piece of naan bread instead! Looking for a low carb option? Try it with cauliflower rice!

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vegan chickpea curry

Vegan Chickpea Curry

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Diet: Vegan


This vegan chickpea curry is made with Thai curry paste and coconut milk for a creamy, flavorful sauce. This simple curry can be made in just 20 minutes! Serve it with rice or naan for a tasty dinner.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 13-ounce can coconut milk (I used lite but you can use regular if you like)
  • 3 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
  • 1 15oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Rice, quinoa or naan for serving


  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and onion over medium heat. Cook for 4 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning
  2. Add the garlic, coriander, and ginger and continue to cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently
  3. Add the coconut milk and red curry paste and stir until mixed
  4. Add the chickpeas and simmer for 7-8 minutes until the chickpeas are heated through. If you like your chickpeas softer, you can continue to cook for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Add salt to taste and finish with lime juice
  6. Serve with rice, quinoa, or naan if desired

Keywords: vegan chickpea curry


chickpea curry

Looking for more easy pantry-staple recipes? Here are a few of my favorites:

15 minute chickpea gyros

Coconut Curry Noodle BowlsCoconut Curry Noodle Bowls

This post was originally published in March 2018. Updated April 2020.