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Easy Coconut Kale Chickpea Curry

Hey everyone! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I am sure many of you are enjoyed a nice rest and took some time to enjoy the rest of the delicious posts from Vegan Blogger’s Potluck that went down last week (with great success I might add). Great work and a giant fist bump to all involved!

Today’s recipe is another fave of ours, and it’s one that should make itself super comfy in anyone’s meal repertoire. Chock full of spicy delicious flavours, this classic straight out of Vikram Vij’s first cookbook won my heart straight away. I think you will soon see why!

Ginger, tomato, jalapeno, cumin, and coconut…I mean what could be better? Whipped up in just a few minutes, I challenge you to not want to curl right up into a warm bowl of this curry with a soft blanket and your favourite company…right away 🙂

Easy Coconut Kale Chickpea Curry:

(1/2) cup canola oil
(1) tbsp cumin seeds
(1.5) cups finely chopped onions (1 large yellow should do)
(2-3) medium tomatoes, chopped
(1.5) tsp salt
(4-5) tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger
(2) finely chopped fresh jalapeno peppers
(4) cups cooked chickpeas
(1) can coconut milk
(1) bunch green onions, chopped
(3-4) cups curly green kale, chopped very finely

Heat the oil in a medium to a large pot on medium-high for one minute. Add the cumin seeds and cook, stirring frequently, for about 30 seconds (the seeds will start to sizzle and become fragrant). Add the chopped onions and continue to cook on medium-high for about 8-10 minutes, until the onions are soft and brown.

Stir in the tomatoes, pepper, ginger, and salt, and cook for a further 8-10 minutes, stirring well. The oil should start to glisten on the top. Add the chickpeas and coconut milk and stir well. Cover and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat to medium-low, keep the pot covered and cook for 5-8 minutes, stirring here and there. At the last minute, add the chopped green onions and kale and stir in well. Cook the mixture for one to two minutes further until the kale turns bright green.

Serve this curry right away to retain the colour in the kale and enjoy it freshly cooked. Slightly spicy (or quite spicy depending on your idea of spicy), the fresh jalapeno adds a kick of warmth to jump-start digestion and the coconut milk and tomatoes make a comforting & delicious sauce to match it.

Serve this dish on its own, or with this delicious homemade Naan Bread…this fabulous and creative (vegan) recipe was originally brought to us by Vegan Richa and has recently been beautifully celebrated again over at Kristy’s wonderful blog. I’ve been looking for a homemade naan recipe to try, so I am excited about this one! I’m looking forward to trying this at home soon and love the great inspiration that is coming in these days.

Stored in the fridge, leftovers will keep for up to a week and all this recipe needs is a gentle re-heating for an easy and satisfying weekday lunch or dinner. Perfect for these cool (and dark) winter days (over here in North America anyway)!

55 responses to “Easy Coconut Kale Chickpea Curry

    1. I freeze Kale! It’s not exactly the same and doesn’t have the same brightness of color, but that way I’m sure to never run out and always have plenty to put in soups/curries and more 😉 Oh and Shira, it must be one of the “basics” for me!

  1. I am scurrying around the net looking for ways to use my prospective harvest of cavolo nero kale in the near future. This looks amazing and will be numero uno kaley dish that I attempt 🙂

  2. Lovely Shira – you must be prescient. I am having a kale-athon down here. Poor old LM is OD-ing on massaged kale salads. He’ll be SO excited when I tell him I have a VEGETARIAN curry alternative (with kale!). Looks yummy and I love the fact that its dairy-free. Cheers 🙂

  3. You are once again amazing in so many ways. Best of luck to you with this event and fundraiser!! You are an angel I tell ya, plus this recipe is to die for. YUM!

    1. Thank you Britt! I love that you are so supportive…I am really looking forward to it and really appreciate your kind words!! ..it’s coming up soon, looking forward to sharing all about it! 🙂

    1. THANKS Annie! I am super pumped to do it again! I know….I know Kristy said she might be *over* chickpea(s) but maybe we can get them back together again! What do you think? 😉 Happy Election Day!

  4. Gorgeous Shira! Curries are my favourite warming meals for sure- I crave Indian food so much in the winter! And making your own is so great because you have complete control over the ingredients- you sure won’t find kale in curries from Indian takeaways 😉

    My daily essential foods- avocado, some kind of green, hemp seeds, nuts and seeds of all kinds and coconut oil 🙂

    Have a lovely day Shira!

  5. Ah, I’ve trying to think of another way of using kale as we received lots from our CSA share. Thanks! And I love chickpeas – definitely on my food necessities list!

    Your course sounds great! Definitely something I would like to support!

    1. Fabulous, thanks!! So happy to have the support from readers 🙂 It’s awesome! Chickpeas = necessary for a good satisfying meal every now and then for us veggies!

  6. Shira, your ability to always produce beautiful, simple and healthy food is incredible. I adore you to bits! p.s. a long belated package finally made it’s way to the post office this week. Hopefully it will arrive soon. Sorry for being such a ratbag 😉 xx

  7. Reblogged this on vienaqui and commented:
    Nothing says it better than delicious , nutritious healthy spicy food. Your foods and photos selection are well put together , I really enjoy what I see and believe me it is a great compliment since I am a great cook who appreciates fine foods and never , have I ever used a recipe!

  8. Thank you for the mention, Shira! This curry looks soooo delicious! And with chickpeas- be still my heart! I should not be looking at this on an empty stomach when I know my lunch is just an avocado hummus sandwich… I’m having lunch remorse. 😉

    1. Oops, sorry to spoil lunch, but it sounded sounded amazing, I am sure you suffered through (haha!) I knew you would be eating chickpeas in some form…. 😉 XO!

  9. I just want to wrap my self all around this post and get all cozy- great take on curry!

    “Basic” Food needs for the day for us would look like this:
    -Bananas
    -Oatmeal
    -Non Dairy Milk
    -Fresh Veggies
    -Grain or seed – quinoa, cous cous, rice
    -Beans

    That would get us through the day if we had limited funds to spend.

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