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This super flavorful vegan chickpea curry with eggplant makes a spiced, warm light dinner that will keep you satisfied after a long day at work.

Chickpea Curry

  • Author: Vicky & Ruth
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Forget take out! Bring the delicious flavors of your favorite Indian restaurant to your home with this super flavorful vegan eggplant and chickpea curry. Loaded with spices and incredibly easy to prepare.




For the spice mix (alternatively, you can use your favorite curry blend or paste):

1 tsp salt (or to taste)

3/4 tsp ground coriander

3/4 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp black pepper

1/8 tsp ground cardamom

For the chickpea curry:

1 large eggplant, peeled and diced (about 5 cups diced)

2 tbsp olive oil

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1" piece of ginger, grated

1 medium onion, chopped

1/4 cup tomato paste

2  15.5 oz cans of chickpeas, rinsed and drained

2 cups water or vegetable broth

1 bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped ( about 1 cup chopped)


  1. Combine all the spices of the spice mix and salt in a small bowl and mix well. Set aside
  2. Heat a 12-inch non-stick deep skillet with a lid over medium heat. Add half of the diced eggplant and cook dry without any oil for about 7 minutes stirring occasionally ( you may need to add a couple of tablespoons of water a time to prevent them from sticking if you are not using a no-stick pan).
  3. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Repeat the process with the rest of the eggplant and transfer it to the bowl
  4. Using the same skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic and ginger and cook over medium-high heat for about 2 minutes. Add the onion and spice mix, and cook for 5-6minutes or until translucent
  5. Add the tomato paste and cook for 3-4 minutes stirring frequently. Add the drained chickpeas, stir gently and continue cooking for 2 to 3minutes
  6. Add the cooked eggplant and broth or water, bring to a boil, cover the pan and reduce the heat to simmer for 40 minutes Add the cilantro in the last 10 minutes of cooking, saving some for garnish.


You can serve this chickpea curry with rice, quinoa, or even zucchini noodles

  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Indian


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 233
  • Sugar: 8
  • Sodium: 576
  • Fat: 7
  • Saturated Fat: 0.9
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 29
  • Fiber: 8.5
  • Protein: 7.6
  • Cholesterol: 0