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Vegan Chana Masala (Chickpea Curry)

A bowl of hearty and flavorful vegan curry made with chickpeas, vibrant spices, and served with fluffy rice. The curry is a deep orange color and has a thick, creamy consistency. The rice is fluffy and white. The dish is garnished with fresh cilantro.
Vegan Chana Masala (Chickpea Curry)

How about we take a delightful culinary journey to India tonight? We're preparing a classic Indian dish, Chana Masala aka chickpea curry - but we're doing it the vegan way. Loaded with chickpeas, vibrant spices, and served with a side of perfectly cooked rice, this is comfort food that not only warms your tummy but your soul, too.



Serves: 4

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes



- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

- 1 large onion, finely chopped

- 4 cloves of garlic, minced

- 1 tablespoon of grated fresh ginger

- 2 teaspoons of ground cumin

- 1 teaspoon of ground coriander

- 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric

- 1 teaspoon of garam masala

- 1/4 teaspoon of chilli powder

- 2 cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

- 1 can of diced tomatoes

- 1 cup of vegetable broth

- Salt to taste

- Fresh coriander for garnish

- 2 cups of basmati rice



1. Start by cooking the basmati rice according to the package instructions. Once cooked, set aside and keep warm.

2. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté until it becomes soft and translucent.

3. Add the minced garlic and grated ginger to the pan, stirring well until the aroma fills your kitchen.

4. Next, add the ground cumin, coriander, turmeric, garam masala, and chilli powder. Stir well, allowing the spices to fully coat the onion, garlic, and ginger.

5. Add the drained and rinsed chickpeas, diced tomatoes, and vegetable broth to the pan. Season with salt to taste, then reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and let it simmer for about 20 minutes.

6. After simmering, use a fork or potato masher to gently mash some of the chickpeas - this will give your Chana Masala a thicker consistency.

To serve:

Serve your Chana Masala hot, garnished with fresh coriander with the rice.


Additional Tips:

A squeeze of fresh lemon juice over the Chana Masala just before serving can add a lovely brightness to the dish. If you prefer a spicier kick, feel free to add some chopped green chillies to the mix when you add the spices. Remember, this dish is flexible - so make it your own!


Allergy information / alternatives:

This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free. Always check your spices and canned goods for any potential allergens.


Nutritional Information (per serving):

- Calories: 520 kcal

- Protein: 18g

- Carbohydrates: 92g

- Fat: 9g

- Fibre: 14g

- Sugar: 9g

- Salt: 1.4g

Note: The nutritional information provided is approximate and may vary based on the specific ingredients used and their proportions.

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