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Easy Vegan Indian “Butter” Chickpeas

  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 Minutes
  • Total Time: 40 Minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Diet: Vegan


Wholesome, flavorful, and oh-so-satisfying, this Easy Vegan Indian “Butter” Chickpeas is a fun vegan nod to the traditional Indian Butter Chicken featuring aromatic spices in an incredibly rich and creamy sauce that ladles perfectly over your favorite rice.



Base Ingredients:

  • 1 cup red onions, fine dice
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup vegetable broth *
  • 1 – [ 14 oz. can ] petite diced tomatoes *
  • 2 Tablespoons reduced sodium tamari *
  • ¼ cup + 1 Tablespoon unsweetened, unsalted peanut butter
  • 2 – [ 15 oz. can ] chickpeas, drained and rinsed *

Spice/Herb Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 Tablespoons dried minced onions
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon curry powder *
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala *
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt (+/-) *
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (+/-) *

Other Ingredients:

  • 1 cup light coconut milk

Optional Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups soy curls

Serving Ideas:

  • Rice, Potatoes, Quinoa


  1. If using soy curls, prepare per package directions, drain well, squeeze out excess water, then set aside.
  2. Place all the Spice/Herb Ingredients (except the cayenne pepper) into a small bowl, stir to combine well, set aside.
  3. In a large ceramic/enamel lined deep skillet, Dutch oven, or non-stick deep skillet, add the finely diced onions, sauté over medium-high heat for 7 to 9 minutes to soften, then lower the heat to medium, add the minced garlic, ginger, and tomato paste, sauté, stirring constantly for one minute.Then add the Spice/Herb Mix, sauté for one minute to allow the spices to release their fragrance.
  4. Add all the remaining Base Ingredients to the skillet, be sure to scrape the bottom of the pot to pull up any spices that may have coated the bottom, stir to incorporate, increase the temperature to a boil, then immediately lower to a simmer. Add the soy curls, then simmer on low for 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the light coconut milk and cayenne pepper, continue to simmer for 5 more minutes.
  6. Taste test, adjust seasonings, if needed.Serve and enjoy!


*Please reference the blog post for Tips for Success, Pantry Items Used, Storage and Freezing, and Kitchen Products Used.

*Sea Salt:  Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.

*Serving:  4 to 6