Vegan chickpea curry gluten free and oil free recipe with eggplant

Vegan Chickpea Curry

Vegan chickpea curry with eggplant and coconut. This creamy and delicious vegetarian comfort meal is ready in 25 minutes. The recipe is vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, protein-rich, free of chicken, and quick
to make.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword chickpeas, coconut, creamy, curry, eggplant
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 249kcal
Author Michaela Vais


  • 1 (15-ounce can) chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 2 small eggplants or 1 big one
  • 1/2 big onion diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup coconut milk canned (or light coconut milk)
  • 1-2 tbsp curry powder (you can use curry paste instead)
  • 1-2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin (or more to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cooked rice of choice (I use Yasmin rice)
  • spinach or fresh coriander for serving


  • Chop the eggplant and onion into small pieces and heat a little oil (or water) in a pan over medium heat. Add onion and eggplant and cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes. Add the garlic:
    Vegan chickpea curry with eggplant, onion and garlic
  • Drain and rinse chickpeas and add them to the pan:
    Vegan chickpea curry with eggplant and canned chickpeas
  • Add coconut milk, spices + salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for about 5 minutes:
    Vegan chickpea curry with eggplant, canned chickpeas, coconut milk, and Indian spices
  • Serve your curry with cooked rice of choice. My favorite is Yasmin rice. Decorate with either spinach or fresh coriander. Enjoy!


  • Recipe serves 4. Nutrition facts are for one serving with full-fat coconut milk.
  • If you use light coconut milk the recipe will have less fat and calories (about 191 kcal and 5.5 grams of fat).
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Chickpea Curry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 249 Calories from Fat 103
% Daily Value*
Fat 11.4g18%
Carbohydrates 19.5g7%
Fiber 11g44%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 7.7g15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 19.5g | Protein: 7.7g | Fat: 11.4g | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 11g