Tomato Coconut Curry Chickpea Stew

This Tomato Coconut Cury Chickpea Stew is the best comforting Indian dish with creamy coconut curry broth, chickpeas, potatoes, and spinach.

335 CAL 53g CARBS 10g FAT 14g PROTEIN
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When it comes to comfort food, this Curry Chickpea Stew is high on the list, the curry warms you from the inside out. Plus it's easy to make, full of pantry ingredients, and makes a flavor packed vegetarian meal everyone will enjoy.

I will pretty much eat anything that involves curry and coconut so when I saw this recipe on A Saucy Kitchen, I couldn't wait to try it. The flavors remind me of an Indian Tikka Masala with tomatoes, curry powder, and coconut milk but in a hearty stew version with chickpeas, spinach, and cauliflower. Not only is it delicious on its own, but it's also great over rice, quinoa, or couscous. Bonus, it freezes great for leftovers.

As we continue to cook from our pantries more, this is one of those recipes that should be high on the list. Not only does it rely mainly on canned ingredients like chickpeas, coconut milk, and crushed tomatoes - it also is extremely versatile and you can substitute in the vegetables you have on hand, try it with different beans, and experiment with adding proteins like chicken or shrimp. In fact, this week when I made up a big batch, I ate mine meatless but add a big pile of shredded chicken for the rest of the family. 

Curry chickpea stew with tomatoes, spinach, and chickpeas in a bowl with cilantro.

How to serve Cury Chickpea Stew?

This stew can be eaten on its own but you can also get creative and serve it in different ways. This is great for leftovers as well to create a few different meals from one dish.

  • Serve this chickpea stew with a grain like rice, quinoa, farro, or couscous.
  • For a lighter option, serve this over a bed of cauliflower rice or spaghetti squash.
  • Consider serving this with some toasted Naan bread on the side to soak up all the delicious sauce.
  • Use leftover tomato curry chickpea stew to make an Indian spin on shakshuka. 
  • Add cooked chicken or shrimp with the dish.

Recipe Tips, Pantry Swaps, and Ideas

  • This recipe works with any type of potatoes and it is delicious with sweet potatoes since they add a nice layer of sweetness to balance the spice. You could also use butternut squash. 
  • Use any greens you like in this stew. Try kale, chard, or collard greens. Frozen spinach will also work. If you don't have any traditional greens, cabbage would also work.
  • Experiment with using different vegetables. Consider trying to with sliced cabbage, zucchini, summer squash, carrots, celery, or anything you have on hand.
  • If you don't have curry powder at home, you could make this with a homemade curry powder. There is a recipe included below.
  • Any type of canned tomatoes can be used for this dish, it will just change the texture a bit. Diced tomatoes will give you a chunkier soup with pieces of tomatoes versus the crushed tomatoes, which are smoother. You can also quickly blend and diced or whole tomatoes. 

How to make curry powder at home?

There are lots of different ways to make curry powder but the recipe below really captures the warming spices traditional in Indian cooking. With that said, curry powder does take a lot of spices so many people opt to buy a prepared version.

  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1.5 tbsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (adjust to taste for mild or spicy)

Can I use Thai curry paste?

This recipe will work with red or green Thai curry paste but it will completely change the flavor. Thai curry tends to be much spicier than Indian curry and doesn't have the same warming spices like cinnamon and cardamom. 

Tomato curry coconut chickpea stew with spinach, potatoes, and cauliflower in a bowl.

How to freeze Chickpea Curry Stew?

Start by letting the stew cool completely. Then it can be frozen in a large batch or in individual servings. I am obsessed with these souper cubes for freezing individual portions of soups and stews.

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The Recipe
Tomato coconut curry chickpea stew with coconut milk, tomatoes, chickpeas, spinach, and potatoes in a bowl.

Tomato Coconut Curry Chickpea Stew

335 CAL 53g CARBS 10g FAT 14g PROTEIN
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  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp curry powder (more or less to taste)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 1 cup potatoes, chopped
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup can light coconut milk
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 14 oz canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups spinach, chopped (or kale)
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets

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Heat the coconut oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until very soft, about 6-8 minutes. Add the curry powder and bay leaf. Cook for 3 more minutes. Add garlic and ginger. Cook for 1 minute.


Add the potatoes, tomatoes, coconut milk, and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil and then cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Add the chickpeas, spinach, and cauliflower. Cook for 10-15 more minutes until cauliflower is tender and spinach is wilted. Season with salt and pepper.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1.5 cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 335
Calories from Fat 89
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 812mg
Total Carbohydrate 53g
Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 12g
Protein 14g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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Megan Eaton
April 13, 2016 - 18:02
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I love this recipe! It was super flavorful and filling! I did not add the cauliflower at the end (not a fan) and didn't miss it at all. Definitely a repeat!
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