How to Make Quick & Simple Chickpea Red Curry Recipe (Vegetarian)

How to Make Quick & Simple Chickpea Red Curry Recipe (Vegetarian)

Chickpea tomato red curry with spinach is the perfect vegetarian-friendly main dish recipe for all. You don’t have to be vegetarian to enjoy this tasty curry recipe. It’s easy to make this vegetarian curry recipe. You can also add chicken to this quick and easy curry recipe if you aren’t vegan or vegetarian.

How to Make Quick & Simple Chickpea Red Curry Recipe (Vegetarian)

1-Pot Chickpea Red Curry Recipe (Vegetarian)

What’s a Curry, Anyway?

Curry is an Indian term used to describe dishes made with spices, herbs and vegetables. It comes from the Indian dish called Karahi, traditionally cooked in a natural stoneware pot. Curry can be either a thick, spicy dish or mild sauce with no spiciness at all. It all depends on how you choose to make this vegetarian curry recipe.

What Ingredients Go Into a Healthy Vegetarian Chickpea Curry?

An easy vegetarian curry recipe is typically made with vegetables, spices, and a bit of protein from legumes or beans. The red color in the dish comes from the use of tomatoes and chili peppers. In addition, curry powder is also used to add flavor.

How Do You Make the Best Homemade Vegetarian Chickpea Curry Recipe?

First, to make this dish, you’ll need to start with a can of chickpeas. Drain and rinse the beans before adding them to your pot. Next, add onions, garlic cloves, ginger root, cumin, coriander, curry powder and a little salt. Cover the pot with coconut milk or vegetable broth. Next, bring it to a boil, before lowering the temperature for simmering for 10 minutes.

Is Curry Healthy?

The word ‘curry’ describes a wide range of dishes from different cultures and regions. In general, it refers to any dish with spices or herbs mixed together before the dish is cooked. Also, curry recipes vary in color depending on the spice mixture used to prepare it. Quick vegetarian curry recipes are healthy dishes for lunch or dinner. This is true especially if you want a nutrient dense meal idea.

Ingredients in the Best Vegan Curry Recipe Ever!

The special ingredients you will need for this easy and quick vegetarian curry recipe are aromatic spices, olive oil, tomatoes, coconut milk, chickpeas, and spinach.

What to Eat With an Indian Vegetable Curry?

A fantastic way to eat Indian vegetable curry is with rice or Naan bread. However, if you have celiac disease, like me, you can find great gluten-free Naan breads available.

Vegetarian Curry Star Ingredients

What are the star ingredients that make this vegetarian curry recipe so special? I’m glad that you asked. Here’s the list of my favorite curry ingredients to make your curry recipe so flavorful.


Firstly, chickpeas are an excellent source of soluble fiber, vitamin B6, folate, and vitamin C. Healthy minerals including zinc, manganese, phosphorus, iron, and magnesium are all contained inside these tiny powerhouse plant-based proteins. You can typically find them in many Mediterranean dishes. Zinc in chickpeas helps support clear skin. 


Spinach is a nutrient dense, rich, leafy green. This healthy vegetable has many health benefits, including helping boost your immunity, helping prevent osteoporosis, and helping reduce the risk of iron deficiency anemia. In addition, spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus.


Eating tomatoes helps protect the skin through its photo-protective benefits. For example, tomatoes are high in lycopene, and beta-carotene helps protect the skin from UV damage, such as wrinkles, age spots, and fine lines. Cooking tomatoes actually increases lycopene absorption. In addition, tomatoes are also high in potassium, which helps keep your electrolytes in balance.


So, I love the addition of coconut milk in this curry recipe. Coconut milk has some important health benefits. For example, it is full of antioxidants, electrolytes, and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown some immune boosting benefits from coconut milk, as well as helping balance electrolytes in the body.

Simple Vegetarian Red Curry Recipe

Serves 4-6


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • ½ tsp minced ginger
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp curry powder
  • ¼ tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup frozen spinach
  • 1/2 cup can chickpeas (drained & rinsed).


1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Next, saute the diced onion, garlic and ginger for 10 minutes.

2. Next, add all the spices and cook for one minute to release the fragrance of the spices.

3. Add the diced tomatoes, coconut milk, and chickpeas to the pot and stir until well combined. Let cook for about 10 more minutes.

4. Finally, add the spinach and cook for about 4 minutes, and remove from heat. Transfer the chickpea curry to a plate. Optional to top with fresh parsley, squeeze of lime juice and serve.

Notes on This Quick and Easy Vegetarian Curry Recipe:

This one pot chickpea curry is delicious on its own, or you can serve with rice or Naan bread.

Watch How to Make a Quick and Easy Vegetarian Chickpea Curry Recipe [VIDEO]


Per 1 serving.

  • Calories: 154
  • Protein: 3.2 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 12.2 grams
  • Total Fat: 11.1 grams
  • Sugar: 3.1 grams
  • Sodium: 157 mg
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.4 grams

Did You Try This Quick & Easy Vegetarian Curry Recipe?

So, if you tried this easy healthy vegetarian curry recipe, let me know in the comments. If you haven’t yet attempted this vegetarian vegetable curry recipe, will you test it out this week?

I would also love to hear what you think, or take a photo and tag me @Eat_Your_Nutrition on Instagram. I love seeing your photos. #EatYourNutrition #LauraVillanueva

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