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chickpea and lentil curry plated

Chickpea and Lentil Curry - Vegan

A rich and vibrant chickpea and lentil vegan curry. Ready in under 30 minutes this is perfect for a tasty weeknight dinner. 
Course Dinner
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 577kcal


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion (210g) (1 ⅓ cups) chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 medium green chilli pepper pith and seeds removed then very finely chopped
  • 1 thumb size piece of ginger, (½ tbsp) skin removed then finely grated
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • 1 medium green bell pepper (capsicum) (190g) (1 cup) pith and seeds removed then roughly chopped
  • 1 400g can of chopped tomatoes (2 cups)
  • 1 400g cooked chickpeas (1 ½ cups drained)
  • 120 g red lentils (⅝ of a cup)
  • 200 ml vegetable stock (1 ½ cups)
  • The juice of half a medium lemon 2 or 3 tbsp
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp cracked black pepper
  • 75 g spinach (2 cups)


  • Heat the oil in a large sauté pan. Add the onion and cook for about 10 minutes, until the onion is translucent.
    Add the garlic, chilli pepper and ginger, stir well and cook for a minute.
    Next add the spices, again stir well and cook for just a minute 
  • Now add the bell pepper, and stir.
    Pour in the chopped tomatoes, stock, lemon juice, add the chickpeas and lentils. Add the salt and pepper then stir well.
  • Bring the pan to the boil, reduce the heat to a gentle simmer then cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid.
    Cook for about 15 minutes stirring occasionally. Check the seasoning halfway through cooking.
    Once the lentils are cooked and the sauce has thickened add the spinach to the pan, put the lid back on for about two minutes. Take the lid off then stir in the wilted spinach.
  • Serve immediately with rice, naan, some coriander (cilantro) leaves.


  • Calories are approximate and do not include rice or naan. Nutritional information is also approximate.
  • To keep this dish vegan please check the stock you use, not all stock is vegan.
  • If you are serving this to younger children you may want to reduce the heat slightly, I would omit the chilli pepper completely for young kids.
  • For freezer instructions please see the post
  • This dish is naturally gluten-free, again please check the stock to make sure it is gluten-free.
  • If you want to batch cook this then there is a slider tool in the recipe card where you can increase the number of servings. This curry is really great for batch cooking.


Calories: 577kcal | Carbohydrates: 93.3g | Protein: 46.5g | Fat: 12.7g | Saturated Fat: 2.2g | Sodium: 1338mg | Potassium: 7198mg | Fiber: 38.9g | Sugar: 16.4g | Calcium: 12430mg | Iron: 6.7mg