Coconut Lime Chickpea Curry

Thanks to Sprouts Farmers Market for sponsoring this post

It was over steaming bowls of this savory curry when a debate broke out about whether or not it actually qualifies as stew. Some at the table declared a resolute no, claiming it was decidedly a soup, since stew requires meat. I was in the opposite camp, noting that it has all the essential qualities of stew: wholesome ingredients, gently cooked in liquid, thicker than soup, full of comfort. 

Turns out I was technically wrong, at least according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, which defines stew as “fish or meat usually with vegetables prepared by stewing”.  Regardless of what it’s called, this Coconut Lime Chickpea Curry is a meal worth making.

A Meal Worth Making

The genesis for this dish is a New York Times recipe that my sister insisted I try. With its blend of  turmeric, ginger, garlic, chile, and coconut milk, it clearly has Central Asian roots. While it looked like my kind of dish, it also struck me as too decadent and a touch too complicated for quick weeknight cooking. So I set to tinkering by simplifying the method and adjusting a few ingredients. 

Ingredients for chickpea stew

The swap that made the biggest impact nutrition-wise, was replacing full-fat coconut milk with Sprouts Organic Light Coconut Milk. That one little change translates to a savings of nearly 20 grams of saturated fat and 200 calories per bowl. Because I’d cut out so much fat from the recipe (which plays a role in carrying flavor), I decided to give it an additional boost by squeezing a few limes into the pot at the tail end of cooking. That turned out to be an essential move for added brightness and balance.

Finishing Touches

Once the cooking is done, the stew is excellent as is, but gets “next-level” delicious when finished with a swirl of yogurt, fresh mint, and crispy roasted chickpeas, which you can make yourself or pick up from the market.

Aside from how smashingly good this stew tastes, it’s ridiculously good for you. Each bowl delivers nearly half your daily needs for fiber, more than 100 percent for vitamins A and C, 12 grams of protein, and 20 percent of daily needs for iron. It’s a nourishing, filling bowl. It’s stew, even if Merriam-Webster (and my dining companions) think otherwise. 

Coconut Lime Chickpea Stew

You might also like my Coconut Curry Lentil Soup or this chick pea salad with Farro, Fennel, and Tuna

5 from 2 votes

Coconut Lime Chickpea Curry with Leafy Greens

This is everything you want in a cozy stew: filling, flavorful, and nourishing. It can also be made vegan if you swap in a plant-based yogurt. The chickpeas do double duty in this dish by serving as its foundation as well as a crispy topping to scatter on at the very finish.

Course Dinner
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 42 minutes
Total Time 57 minutes
Servings 4 to 5
Calories 371 kcal
Author Katie Morford


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • 1 large yellow onion chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic finely chopped
  • One 2-inch piece fresh ginger chopped
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (use 1/4 teaspoon if you want it spicy)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Two 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • Two 13.5-ounce cans organic light coconut milk from Sprouts market
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 bunch kale stems removed, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • To garnish: 3/4 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup torn mint leaves, 1 cup crispy/crunchy salted chick peas (store-bought or homemade; find recipe in Notes)


  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium/large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, and ginger and saute until the onion is fairly tender and translucent, 5 minutes.

  2. Add turmeric, cayenne, kosher salt, black pepper, and chickpeas. Cook for about 3 minutes to soften the chickpeas a bit, occasionally mashing them with the back of a spoon to break them up a bit.

  3. Add the coconut milk and vegetable broth, raise the heat until it boils, then drop the heat to a simmer. Simmer the stew until it thickens and deepens in flavor, 30 minutes, mashing the chickpeas with the back of a spoon a few times as it cooks.

  4. Add the kale, stir, and continue to simmer until the leaves are tender, 7 minutes. Add the lime juice and additional salt and pepper to taste if needed.

  5. Ladle into bowls and top with a yogurt, mint, and chickpeas as desired. 

Recipe Notes

To make crispy chick peas, preheat oven to 425 degrees F. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, toss together 1 cup cooked chick peas, 2 teaspoons olive oil, ½ teaspoon turmeric, a few dashes cayenne, and a big pinch salt. Spread out on the baking sheet and bake until golden and crisp, 30 minutes. 

Adapted from a recipe by Alison Roman in the New York Times


02.26.2019 at9:03 AM #

carol chait

This looks delicious. Since your on the fence about what to call it, stew vs. soup, I would call it yellow curry! Have two boneless skinless chicken breasts in the fridge that I need to use today, so I might make this and include them!! Thanks so much for the recipe!

02.26.2019 at9:03 AM #

Katie Morford

I do think curry qualifies 🙂 !!

Let me know how it goes with the added chicken. Sounds delicious.

02.27.2019 at9:18 AM #


Saw this and it seemed like the perfect dinner to have waiting for us when we returned from a rainy soccer game last night… and it was! Great flavor and quite satisfying. A keeper for sure!

02.27.2019 at9:18 AM #

Katie Morford

That is just music to my ears! Thanks for sharing.

02.27.2019 at2:13 PM #


Looks delicious… Can’t wait to try!

02.27.2019 at2:13 PM #

Katie Morford

Hope you like it as much as we do.

11.21.2019 at6:44 PM #


This is delicious and it has become a staple in our household! Thank you!!

11.21.2019 at6:44 PM #

Katie Morford

Oh good. We love this one too! Thanks for the comment. I appreciate hearing this.

06.16.2020 at8:04 AM #


Could you substitute spinach (or chard) for the kale?

06.16.2020 at8:04 AM #

Katie Morford

Yes, though you probably don’t need to cook it quite as long once you add the greens.

06.22.2021 at4:34 PM #


Absolutely delicious! Added cooked chicken breast just before serving and even my husband loved the mix of flavors. Will definitely have this in my go to pile of recipes. Thank you!

06.22.2021 at4:34 PM #

Katie Morford


01.14.2022 at9:35 AM #

Patti Gardner

Am looking forward to trying this. But we don’t have a Sprouts market here, so it will be Thai Kitchen lite coconut milk. Why do you specifically recommend Sprouts? Does it have something that other coconut milks don’t?

01.14.2022 at9:35 AM #

Katie Morford

Good question. I’m a big fan of Sprouts market and this was a collaboration with them. That said, you can absolutely use another lite coconut milk

03.11.2024 at8:32 AM #


Followed the recipe nearly to the letter (did not have mint leaves for garnish) and it was delicious. I can’t think of anything I would change. Definitely, don’t leave out the finishing touch of crispy chickpeas and a dollop of yogurt

03.11.2024 at8:32 AM #

Katie Morford

Success! Thanks for sharing.

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