Slow-Cooker Chickpea Coconut Curry

by Amy on 11 March 2015

Slow-Cooker Chickpea Coconut Curry: A delicious, simple, flavorful meatless meal -- vegetarian, vegan, + gluten-free! | www.FearlessHomemaker.comDespite the fact that I use my Crock-Pot all the time, I haven’t posted a slow-cooker recipe here in almost six months. How is that possible?! Well, certain slow-cooker favorites (like this, this, and this) are such big household hits that I haven’t had as much need to try out new recipes. That’s a pretty darn great problem to have! However, my toddler has become a huge fan of beans, legumes, + meatless meals, so that inspired me last month to try this wonderful Chickpea Coconut Curry. Do not be fooled by the short, simple ingredient list – it is packed with beautiful, bright, complex flavors. Since then, it has been in frequent rotation in our home, impressing both the adults + the kiddo alike. My favorite way to serve it is as pictured, with Cilantro-Lime Rice (which is SO good), but it’s also tasty with plain white or brown rice, quinoa, farro, or naan.

While this turns out beautifully in the slow-cooker, it is easily adapted for quicker cooking on the stovetop, which I’ve done when I left dinner-planning until the last minute. =) Simply saute your onions/garlic in a medium saucepan until tender/translucent, then add in the other ingredients as described below. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer + cook, stirring occasionally, until the chickpeas are heated through and the sauce has thickened to your liking (about one hour for me). Whether you cook this on the stovetop or in your slow-cooker, however you serve it, I know you are going to be wowed by it — it really is a scrumptious meal!

Slow-Cooker Chickpea Coconut Curry: A delicious, simple, flavorful meatless meal -- vegetarian, vegan, + gluten-free! | www.FearlessHomemaker.comSlow-Cooker Chickpea Coconut Curry: A delicious, simple, flavorful meatless meal -- vegetarian, vegan, + gluten-free! |

Slow-Cooker Chickpea Coconut Curry

serves 6, adapted from Cooking Light


2 teaspoons canola oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 (19-ounce) cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
2 (14.5-ounce) cans no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (13.5-ounce) can light coconut milk
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro


Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until onion is tender.

Place onion mixture, chickpeas, diced tomatoes, coconut milk, curry powder, and salt in a 3 1/2-quart electric slow-cooker; stir well. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours. Stir in cilantro + serve immediately.

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1 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie March 11, 2015 at 9:59 am

I might have everything in my pantry to make this… I wish I could magic all the ingredients into my slow cooker from work so that it’d be ready when I get home! Maybe Friday O:-)

2 Kristi @ MySFKitchen March 11, 2015 at 2:28 pm

I saw this in CL and wanted to try it too!! Looks delish!

3 amy March 11, 2015 at 2:45 pm

You’ve gotta try it, Kristi! It is SO good and super simple. =)

4 Shannon @Bake.Frost.Repeat March 11, 2015 at 8:22 pm

Oh this looks like a wonderful dish. We love chickpeas so I definitely have to try this!

5 Rebekah @ Making Miracles March 12, 2015 at 11:57 am

So beautiful, fresh, and vibrant! This looks wonderful! :)

6 Caitlin @ teaspoon March 13, 2015 at 3:53 am

I just made something like this last week! I made it on the stovetop though, so I’m curious to try it in the slow cooker. That will probably help meld all the flavors together. And I must try your rice. I’ve seen it multiple times now and I keep telling myself that I should make it but I get lazy and just make the normal stuff.

7 Marina March 13, 2015 at 6:47 am

My mom just gave me homegrown chickpea and wasn’t sure what to do with it – will definitely try this!

8 Ann March 13, 2015 at 8:26 am

Looks so delish.
Even the rice looks good.
Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Now if only my son would eat chickpeas…:(

9 Meghan March 13, 2015 at 12:31 pm

Your slow-cooker recipes are the best! This is a beautiful dish that I will definitely be trying! :)

10 amy March 13, 2015 at 3:02 pm

You are so sweet, Meghan! If you only lived closer, I could keep you supplied with a constant sampling of slow-cooker recipes, and you could do the same with your amazing sweets. =)

11 Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel March 13, 2015 at 9:27 pm

This looks awesome!! I love making veggie-based meals as often as my hubby will let me get away with it. 😉 He does love curries though, so I think this one would be a winner all around!

12 Beth March 15, 2015 at 11:51 am

You post the most delicious recipes. This curry looks awesome!

13 Agness March 16, 2015 at 5:04 am

OMG girl! This dish is glowing inside and outside. Looks amazing and simple to make. On my cooking list!

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