This is the best vegan chickpea curry recipe you’ll ever eat
This is a really easy chickpea curry that is perfect for the whole family. It costs under £1 a head for 4 people and you can use all your cupboard staples with it including tins of chickpeas, tomatoes, and loads of ground spices.
This easy vegan chickpea curry works great in the slow cooker as well. You will need to make the paste but apart from that, everything else could just be chucked in and left until you got home.
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Cooking from scratch
If you are worried about cooking from scratch or you are a beginner home cook then this quick chickpea curry is a great place to start.
You can also have a look at Spicentice. They send out packets of spices with easy to follow instructions so you can make a meal from scratch.
They are great to use if you are new to cooking from scratch or if you are looking to get your family eating new budget-friendly meals and have no clue where to start.
We tried them at the start of this year and loved them. We got stuck in a food rut and they helped by giving us ideas while keeping our food budget really low.
What we love the most is that they are vegan and Slimming World friendly. We kept all the little cards so that we can remake the recipe again and again.
We made the below meals using Spicentice. Try them for yourself here:
Easy chickpea curry recipe
Cook time for this simple chickpea curry is about 20 minutes depending on how you like your chickpeas. We like ours really soft so tend to wait until the liquid has reduced quite a lot.
If you like your curry spicy then you could add some curry powder or red pepper. To help make this creamy you could add yogurt as well as coconut milk. You could also add a dash of lime juice.
If you are using the slow cooker then we would suggest you make the paste as below and then add everything to the slow cooker. Put it on high heat for 6 – 8 hours as the liquid does need to reduce.
For the paste
2 tbsp oil 5p
100g frozen onion 25p
5g dried chilli 5p
9 garlic cloves 25p
5g ground ginger 5p
5g ground coriander 5p
7g ground cumin 5p
5g garam masala 5p
10g tomato purée 11p
For the curry
2 x 400g tin chickpeas £1.10
400g tin canned tomatoes 42p
100g tin coconut milk (optional) 18p
100g spinach (optional) 20p
250g rice 40p
Total: £3.21 that’s 80p for 4 people.
Start by making the paste. Add the oil then fry off over medium heat with the onion and chili flakes until the onion is clear.
This is when you want to put the rice on as per the packet instructions.
Whizz up the garlic cloves, ginger, coriander, cumin, garam masala, tomato purée, and salt. Once it’s turned into a smooth paste, add it to the pan. Stirring occasionally will help the paste not stick to the pan or wok.
Drain the chickpeas and add them and the chopped tomatoes to the pan. Turn the heat down and simmer for 5 minutes. This will help all the liquid to reduce down.
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If you like your curry creamy, then add the coconut milk and keep reducing it down for another 5-10 minutes. When the curry is ready, add the spinach.
If the kids prefer it smooth then use a hand blender to make the curry more like a paste.
Then serve in little bowls with the basmati rice on the side.
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