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A close up of a bowl of chickpea rice stew topped with fresh cilantro.

Vegan Chickpea Curry Stew

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Stew
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This healthy, hearty curried chickpea stew with rice and spinach takes just 30 minutes to make in 1 pot, is packed with nutrition, and keeps well for healthy meals all week.


  • 1 medium white onion, finely diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (about 1.5 tbsp)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional, adds some spice)
  • 1 x 28 oz. can diced tomatoes with the juices
  • 2 x 19 oz. cans chickpeas, drained and well-rinsed (about 4 cups, doesn’t need to be exact)
  • 1 x 400 mL can light coconut milk
  • 1.5 cups vegetable broth 
  • 1/2 cup uncooked jasmine or basmati rice
  • 1 x 10 oz. bag baby spinach (89 small handfuls, doesn’t need to be exact)
  • 12 tbsp fresh lime juice, optional
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • finely chopped cilantro for topping, optional


  1. Add the onion, garlic and ginger to a soup pot with 1 tbsp oil, vegetable broth or water for cooking. Saute for 5-6 minutes until softened and fragrant.
  2. Add the salt and all of the spices and cook for 2-3 more minutes, stirring often.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes, chickpeas, coconut milk, broth and rice.
  4. Simmer uncovered over medium heat for 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is tender.
  5. Stir in the spinach and a squeeze of lime juice, turn off the heat and let sit for 4-5 more minutes until the spinach has wilted and mixed into the stew.
  6. Season with salt and pepper, if needed, and serve right away topped with finely chopped fresh cilantro.


If storing leftovers, let them cool then store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 2 months.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 310
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 52 g
  • Fiber: 9 g
  • Protein: 13 g

Keywords: chickpea stew, chickpea curry stew, curried chickpea stew