Indian Butter Chickpea Curry

Indian Butter Chickpeas

This mild-tasting curry is an excellent gateway recipe to introducing bolder spices to your children. The meal is also vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free making it a winning option when entertaining a crowd.

Serves 4 to 6

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You’ll Need

  • 2 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons canola or coconut oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, grated or pressed
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 (398 mL) can Hunt’s Heirloom Crushed or Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 (13.5 oz) can coconut milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 (540 mL) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • Brown rice (optional)
  • Fresh cilantro (optional)
  • Chopped tomato (optional)
  • Plain yogurt (optional)

Prep and Cook

  • Place potatoes in a Dutch oven or deep skillet. Cover with water and bring to a boil over high heat; simmer until the potatoes are tender. Drain, and set aside.
  • Return the pot to the stove and warm oil over medium heat. Stir in onion and cook until the onions are soft and translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for another 30 seconds.
  • Stir in curry powder, cinnamon, cumin, and salt. Cook for 1 or 2 minutes, stirring. The pan will seem dry, but that’s okay. At this point you are toasting the spices with the aromatics. Add in Hunt’s Heirloom Tomatoes, coconut milk, butter and chickpeas. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium low, and cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Add the potatoes, stir and cook until heated through, another minute or so. Serve at once.
  • Tip: This dish lacks colour so I like to garnish it fresh cilantro and tomato. If using crushed tomatoes, scatter fresh chopped tomatoes over top of the dish. If using diced tomatoes, reserve a tablespoon or two of the tomato pieces and sprinkle them over the curry once it’s cooked.



  1. Shannon GANDER on February 10, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    When do you add the butter for this recipe? It doesn’t say in the instructions…

    • Heather Dixon on February 11, 2019 at 8:22 am

      I’ve just asked and will get back to you ASAP! Thanks Shannon! 🙂

  2. Jan Scott on February 11, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Hi Shannon! So sorry for the omission! Add the butter with the tomatoes, coconut milk and chickpeas. I’ve edited the recipe.


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