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Chickpea Coconut Curry

This Chickpea Coconut Curry is absolutely delicious and it's packed with plant-based foods from chickpeas, to cabbage, cauliflower and sweet potato.
Feb 11, 2021 | Joy McCarthy

This wonderfully flavourful curry is a re-vamp from an older recipe that I've taken down because the photography was kinda awful, ha! I used to take photos from my phone and well, that's a thing of the past because my hubby Walker does all the photography for Joyous Health! 

Chickpea Coconut Curry

This Chickpea Coconut Curry is absolutely delicious and it's packed with plant-based foods from chickpeas, to cabbage, cauliflower and sweet potato.

You'll be totally satisfied with a hearty bowl of this Chickpea Coconut Curry because there is tons of gut-friendly fibre from all the veggies and the plant-based protein from the chickpeas. 

There's lots of chopping in this curry but it was a breeze because we got a new set of knives that we've been using since last fall and we LOVE them!!

Kilne knife on wood cutting board


Having the right tools for the job makes cooking so much easier and that includes a good set of knives like these knives from Kilne which are awesome. Here's what I love about them:

  • They are a Canadian company
  • Made of high grade German steel 
  • Sharpness that lasts
  • Feels good in your hand aka "ergonomic!"
  • They are really affordable compared to other brands and very high quality
  • They have a lifetime warranty and we will no doubt have them for life

Kilne knife block

When you make this Chickpea Coconut Curry, if you would like it thicker, just follow my instructions by adding some arrowroot powder mixed with water. You can also reduce it down by cooking it longer. You may wish to have it a soup which is fine too!

The origins of curry

There are many varieties of curry dishes originating from India. Traditionally it is a mix of spices including coriander, turmeric, cumin and ginger. Turmeric is definitely the hero in curry! Traditional cultures such as those in Asia have been using turmeric as a medicinal spice for thousands of years. You can add fish or animal foods like beef or pork to curry, but I decided to keep it vegetarian. 

Chickpea Coconut Curry

There are typically two types of curries, wet and dry. This is more of a wet curry but you can dry it up with more arrowroot powder and reduce it down as I mentioned above. 


For the veggies, roughly chopping them is totally fine. If you feel fancy, you can chop your cabbage into ribbons. Speaking of cabbage , it is a detoxifcation superstar! It contains phytonutrients like glucosinolates that support the liver. 

Cutting a cabbage

This Chickpea Coconut Curry recipe is...

  • Warm, hearty, comfort food
  • Gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free
  • Packed with gut-loving fibre, plant-based protein and good fat
  • Serves a hungry group of 6 to 8 people
  • Great if you blitz up in a blender or a food processor for serving it to little ones who aren't chewing yet
  • Kid-approved sans the red hot chili flakes!

Here's the recipe!

Chickpea Coconut Curry

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  • 1/2 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2-4 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 of a cauliflower head, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 head green cabbage, roughly chopped or sliced into ribbons
  • 2 cans (398mL) organic BPA-free chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 5 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 can (400mL) full-fat coconut milk
  • Optional: 1 tsp red hot chili flakes
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Garnish: Fresh cilantro
  • To thicken: 2 tbsp arrowroot powder + 4 tbsp water
  1. In a large soup pot, heat coconut oil to medium. Add onions and garlic and saute for a few minutes. Add 1 tbsp of the curry powder and sea salt. If the pan starts to get dry add a bit more coconut oil or a splash of water.
  2. Next add chopped sweet potato and continue to saute for a few more minutes. Add the oregano. Add half of the stock to help the sweet potato cook. Bring the temp up a bit to let it simmer for about 5-10 minutes to cook the sweet potato.
  3. Reduce temp and add the cauliflower, cabbage and chickpeas. Add remaining stock, curry powder and pepper. Add lime juice. Let curry cook for another 10 minutes for all the flavours to mingle and the veggies to become tender.
  4. If you want to thicken this curry, add 2 tbsp arrowroot flour to 4 tbsp of water in a small bowl. Whisk together. Add to pot and let simmer for 5 minutes. If you still want it thicken, repeat the same instructions until desired thickeness.
  5. Finally, let cool slightly and then add can of full fat coconut milk. If you add it when the curry is really hot, the coconut milk will curdle.
  6. Traditionally curries are served with rice, so you can serve it with any grain of your choosing or not, up to you! Once you serve it into a bowl, add some chopped fresh cilantro. You may also wish to spice it up and add some red chili flakes.


Serves 6 to 8

Chickpea Coconut Curry

There is something magical about the taste and smell of cilantro that makes me feel so healthy!! I know not everyone loves it, but I sure do. I'm sure you know this hack, but I always cut my herbs with scissors. 

Cutting herbs.

Enjoy friends!

Joy xo

Ps. This post is sponsored by Kilne, but all my opinions are my own. :)

Inna B.   •   February 14, 2021

Hi Joy! I really like this recipe, but I think I don’t digest coconut milk normally. Can I substitute it with any kind of non-dairy milk? Thank you very much!

Joy McCarthy   •   February 14, 2021
Haley Brendle   •   November 6, 2021
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Carole   •   February 16, 2021

Hi Joy, I have never made a curry before. What kind/brand of curry powder do you use? Also when you reheat this meal the next day will the coconut milk curdle? Carole

Joy McCarthy   •   February 16, 2021

marion   •   February 18, 2021

I made this curry for dinner last night and it was absolutely delicious and a winner. From now on this will be my favourite curry recipe. Joy, I love your recipes and have all your books which I use all the time. Thank you so much. ♥️

Joy McCarthy   •   February 19, 2021

Colleen Blogg   •   February 22, 2021

Hi Joy. If I dont have lime should I use lemon or omit it entirely. Thanks.

Joy McCarthy   •   February 22, 2021

Maggie   •   February 22, 2021

Thank you for this wonderful recipe! Perfect winter meal! Blended just about a cup and a half or so in the blender and added back in rather than using any thickener. We enjoyed it without rice or anything. Delicious! Happy to have leftovers! Definitely a "make again" recipe.

Joy McCarthy   •   February 23, 2021

Jennifer Johnson   •   February 25, 2021

Hi Joy! I made this recipe tonight for my family and it was a hit! I also love that it's makes a lot to share with my parents or have for leftovers!! Love your creations! :)

Joy McCarthy   •   February 26, 2021

Judy   •   February 28, 2021

Looks delicious...


Audrey Townshend   •   March 7, 2021

9.5 thumbs up!

Joy McCarthy   •   March 8, 2021

Laura C.   •   March 18, 2021

Does this freeze well?

Joy McCarthy   •   March 18, 2021
Laura C.   •   March 18, 2021

Cathie Pichut   •   April 11, 2021

Hi Joy, I made this recipe today, and it is delicious. It makes a lot so I was glad to read in the reviews that you can blend it up for the little ones, and that it freezes well. I served it over rice, added the cilantro which took it up a notch. My daughter and I love trying your recipes. Thank you!

Joy McCarthy   •   April 12, 2021

Mary   •   March 1, 2023

I have a suspected intolerance to cauliflower and broccoli. Huge bummer. Any suggestions for substitutes? Zucchini maybe? Thx!

Joy McCarthy   •   March 1, 2023

Patti   •   March 8, 2023

Would a darker red cabbage work in this recipe ? Thank you

Joy McCarthy   •   March 8, 2023

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