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chickpeas and lentils in a bowl topped with cilantro
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Chickpea Lentil Curry

This easy Chickpea Lentil Curry takes around 45 minutes to make and is full of Indian flavors. It's a healthy vegan recipe that's made with BOTH chickpeas and lentils, making it extra hearty and delicious.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: dinner
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: chickpea curry, chickpea lentil curry, lentil curry, vegan curry
Servings: 6
Calories: 409kcal
Author: Erin


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 carrot diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced, seeds removed
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander
  • 14 oz. tomato sauce canned
  • 14 oz. coconut milk canned
  • 1 cup dry brown or green lentils rinsed
  • 1/2 cup water plus more
  • 14 oz. chickpeas canned, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice optional
  • cilantro for garnish


  • Heat oil in a large, deep skillet or dutch oven over medium heat, then add the carrot and pepper and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Then, add the shallot and garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
  • Next, add the spices (curry powder, garam masala, cumin, turmeric, salt, coriander) and stir for 1 minute or until fragrant, then pour in the tomato sauce, coconut milk, lentils and water. Bring the mixture to a boil, then cover, reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Next, remove the lid and add the chickpeas, along with 1/2 cup additional water and stir. Continue simmering for 10-15 minutes uncovered until the lentils are soft. Remove from the heat, and add lime juice (optional) and more salt as needed. Enjoy!



*Calories are per serving and are an estimation; serving size is between 4-8 depending on if you're eating this by itself or if you're serving it with rice 
*Be sure to rinse both the lentils and the chickpeas before adding them to the skillet
*Lime juice is optional
*If you're feeling fancy, add a drizzle of coconut milk/dairy-free milk (or, if you're not vegan, a drizzle of heavy cream) before serving 


Calories: 409kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Sodium: 566mg | Potassium: 979mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2649IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 8mg