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Curry Chickpeas (Jamaican-Style)

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5.0 from 11 votes

This dish combines the warm and aromatic spices of Jamaican curry with protein-packed chickpeas, creating a truly delicious and satisfying meal. This curry chickpeas (Jamaicann-Style) is quick, easy, and packed with so much flavor! It’s simmered in a flavorful curry base infused with fresh thyme, pimento berries (allspice), scotch bonnet pepper, coconut milk, and of course Jamaican curry powder.

This version is a modern twist on the Indian chickpea-and-potato curry which is an adaptation of the Indian dish chickpeas curry (chana masala).

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This protein-packed Jamaican-style curry chickpeas is perfect for a quick weeknight meal the whole family will enjoy plus it comes together in under 30 minutes and it’s vegan-friendly. This is my favorite and go-to vegan meal.

It’s filling, incredibly delicious, and budget-friendly. So if you’re looking for a quick easy, tasty, vegan option you’ve come to the right place, my friend. This Jamaican-style curry chickpea will not disappoint.

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What’s The Difference Between Jamaican Curry And Indian Curry?

The main difference between Jamaican and Indian curry is that Jamaican curry is made with curry powder. Curry in India is not made with curry powders (that’s a UK invention) and is often sauce-based with either coconut milk or cream blended with tomatoes, fresh herbs, and toasted spices.

Jamaican curry is not a single spice but a unique blend of spices which often includes a mix of turmeric, cumin, paprika, cardamom, garlic, and fenugreek. It’s also infused with pimento seeds (allspice berries), which gives Jamaican curry its unique flavor and sets it apart from most other curries.

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What’s The Difference Between Chickpeas And Garbanzo Beans?

Despite their different names, chickpeas and garbanzo beans are actually the same thing! Chickpeas are the most common term for this legume in the U.S., while garbanzo beans are more commonly used in other parts of the world, particularly in Latin America and Spain. They are a type of legume in the same family as kidney beans and peanuts with a buttery, nutty flavor, and creamy texture often used in a variety of dishes, including salads, soups, stews, and curries.

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What Are The Health Benefits of Chickpeas?

Here are a few:

  1. Chickpeas are a good source of protein, making them a great option for vegetarians and vegans.
  2. They are high in fiber, which can help with digestion and weight management.
  3. Chickpeas contain several important vitamins and minerals, including iron, folate, and manganese.
  4. They may help to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.
  5. Chickpeas are also a good source of antioxidants, which can help to protect against cell damage and certain diseases.

So, in short, adding chickpeas to your diet can provide your body with many important nutrients and may help to improve overall health.

Canned (Pre-Cooked) vs. Dry Chickpeas

The choice is completely up to you. This comes down to personal preference, the amount of time you have allotted to preparing this dish, and what option is readily available to you. For this recipe, I used the canned variety. This allows me to make this tasty meal in a fraction of the time PLUS you can save the aquafaba and use it later as a vegan egg substitute in another dish. WIN!

Instead of using canned chickpeas, you can also use dry chickpeas that have been soaked and cooked. To do this, simply soak 1 cup of dry chickpeas in water overnight, then drain and rinse them and add them to a pot with enough water to cover. You can also add a few cloves of garlic for flavor. You can also add salt (optional) to taste. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for about 1-2 hours, or until the chickpeas are tender.

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Ingredients Rundown

Chickpeas (canned or dry) I used the can variety for this recipe to reduce cooking time. If you choose the dry variety I’ve included directions on how to prepare it in the recipe card.


Jamaican curry – the star of the recipe + add delicious Caribbean curry flavor.

All-purpose seasoning

Pink Himalayan Salt

Fresh cracked pepper – I recommend fresh cracked black pepper over the stuff sitting in the jar.


Yellow onion, Garlic cloves, Fresh ginger ( you can also use ground ginger)

Cumin seeds – add depth and warm to the dish.

Ground turmeric powder (optional) – boost the color of the color – makes it more vibrant + add nutritional benefits

Whole scotch bonnet pepper – brings the heat and flavor. You can also leave it whole to only add flvor and no heat. You can also leave it out.

Green Seasoning – add another layer of flavor to any dish.


Raw coconut oil – for cooking



Fresh spinach – you can use frozen spinach or any other leafy green

Fresh parsley – you can us dried parsley as well.

Dairy-Free Milk

Unsweetened coconut milk – adds that rich, creamy texture + add that subtle coconut-y flavor.

*** The full recipe, including all ingredients, measurements, instructions, and recipe video 🎥 is located in the recipe card below.

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Where Can I buy Jamaican Curry?

If you’re looking to make this Jamaican curry chickpeas recipe or any other Jamaican curry dishes at home, you’ll need to find a source for Jamaican curry powder. Here are a few options to consider:

  • Specialty grocery stores: Many larger cities have specialty grocery stores that carry a variety of international ingredients, including Jamaican curry powder. If you live near a store that specializes in Caribbean or African foods, chances are they will carry Jamaican curry powder.
  • Online retailers: If you cannot locate it at the specialty grocery store, you can also purchase Jamaican curry powder at Amazon online. There are many retailers that specialize in international products and spices, and they often have a wide selection of Jamaican curry powders to choose from. I’ve linked a few of my favorite curry powders for your convenience. My absolute favorite Jamaican Curry powder is Betapac Curry (not sponsored). Betapac Curry is Jamaica’s product and the brand most Jamaicans prefer.

Here are some other brands you might like as well:

  • Grace Curry Powder (Jamaican Brand)
  • Blue Mountain Country
  • Chief (this is a Trinidad & Tobago brand but pretty popular in Jamaica)
  • Make your own: If you’re feeling ambitious, you can also make your own Jamaican curry powder at home! This will allow you to customize the blend to your specific tastes and needs. (see recipe card)
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Can I Substitute Jamaican Curry for Indian or Thai Curry?

Nope! The Thai and Indian curries are different flavor profiles and differ from the Jamaican Curry in taste and composition.

I Don’t Have Coconut Milk – What Else Could I Use?

You can use coconut milk powder or coconut cream (dilute according to the packaging instructions).

Can I Substitute Coconut Oil For Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

Sure, the choice of oil is completely up to you.

Can I Substitute Dry Chickpeas For Canned Chickpeas?

Absolutely! See the recipe card for preparation and cooking directions for dry chickpeas.

I Don’t Have Turmeric, Can I Leave It Out?

Yes, Turmeric is an optional ingredient. I love to combine Turmeric with curry. It’s a bit of redundancy because curry powder contains turmeric. Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color. Sometimes the curry can appear a bit on the darker side when cooked and I prefer my curry dishes to be vibrant as the sun (lol) hence the additional turmeric. Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It’s a win-win for me.

Can I Substitute Frozen Spinach For Fresh?

Yes, you can use one pack (10 ounces) of frozen spinach leaves which yields about 1-1/2 cups after cooking. You can substitute 1 pack(10 ounces) of frozen spinach leaves for 1-1/2 pounds of fresh spinach for this recipe.

Can I Substitute Scotch Bonnet Pepper, with habanero, or red pepper flakes?

Absolutely, for this recipe, you can substitute the Scotch Bonnet for habanero, red pepper flakes, or chile pepper of your choice. You can also leave it out entirely. I usually leave the scotch bonnet pepper whole to only extract the oils and flavoring from the skin and none of the heat. I typically tiptoe around the hot pepper heat (yeah, I know you’re about to yank my Jamaican card – the story of my life:) The habanero (which is more readily available outside the Caribbean) will provide intense heat (if that is what you krave) or you can opt for its chiller, milder cousin the red pepper flakes for a mild spicy kick. The choice is completely up to you. Either way, it’s still a super delicious dish.

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Health Benefits of Scotch Bonnet Pepper

If you can handle the heat, you will be able to reap a few health benefits from these little, spicy chile peppers. Scotch bonnets are a good source of vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin B, as well as iron, niacin, riboflavin, and magnesium. They are also high in dietary fiber, phytochemicals, carotenoids, and flavonoids.

The chemical capsaicin not only makes these peppers spicy but also has been shown to offer medicinal properties. Capsaicin can be used to treat different types of pain such as headaches, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid pain, and painful diabetic neuropathy. It can also relieve chest congestion and prevent sinusitis. Researchers have also found capsaicin may help prevent and block the growth of cancer cells and reduce the onset of cardiovascular diseases.

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You can add white potatoes or sweet potatoes diced in 1-inch cubes. You will need to pre-cook them before adding them to the curry chickpeas.

You can also add additional veggies to the dish. If spinach is not your thing, but cauliflower is then by all means add cauliflower.

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What Goes Well With Curry Chickpeas?

The possibilities are endless. Serve this Jamaican-style coconut curry chickpeas over a bed of white rice, brown rice, or even quinoa. You can also serve over a bed of cauliflower rice, roti, or any of your favorite side dishes for a complete meal your whole family will love!

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Got Leftovers?

Make sure the leftovers have cooled down to room temperature before storing.

How To Store Leftover curry chickpeas In The Fridge?

You can store your leftover curry goat in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Leftovers can be kept for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. After that, the risk of food poisoning increases. If you don’t think you’ll be able to eat leftovers within four days, freeze them immediately.

How To Store Leftover curry chickpeas In The Freezer?

You can freeze your curry chickpeas in small batches. This way you don’t have to reheat the whole thing for small servings; it reheats really well.  You should freeze it covered in airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags, or wrap it tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or freezer wrap for best results.

Properly stored, it will maintain the best quality for about 4 months but will remain safe beyond that time. 

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Need to Reheat?

How To Reheat Leftover Curry Chickpeas on the stovetop?

The curry chickpeas reheat really well on the stovetop. You can remove the frozen meal from the freezer and allow it to thaw in the fridge until you are ready to reheat. It tastes a lot fresher and much better in my opinion. I pre-heat in a saucepan over low heat and allow the food to heat all the way thru slowly. It does take some patience to reheat this way, but of course, you can use the microwave.

Leftovers taste a lot fresher and much better in my opinion when reheated on the stovetop. I typically reheat covered in a saucepan over low heat and allow the food to heat all the way thru slowly. It does take some patience to re-heat this way, but of course, you can use the microwave (see microwave instructions below)

How To Reheat Leftover Curry Chickpeas in the microwave?

The microwaves reheat quickly and easily. Place the food in a microwave-safe container, cover it with a damp paper towel to maintain moisture, and make sure that all of the food is evenly spread out across the plate so it heats up at the same rate. and reheat until the food heats all the way thru. The time will depend don’t the power of the microwave you’re using.

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Kraving More?

Check out my other krave-worthy curry recipes, or another quick and easy 30-minute meal. You may also explore The Recipe Index for even MORE KRAVE-WORTHY EATS.

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Jamaican Curry Chickpeas

Jamaican Curry Chickpeas

Recipe by Kerri-Ann Bryan

 This incredibly delicious vegan Jamaican-style coconut curry chickpeas recipe is so easy to make, packed with flavor, and on the table in under 30 minutes.

Course: DinnerCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Easy
5.0 from 11 votes


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  • 3 tablespoon raw coconut oil or vegetable oil

  • 1/2 medium sliced yellow onion

  • 3 cloves chopped fresh garlic

  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 1 whole scotch bonnet pepper, scotch bonnet powder or red pepper flakes to taste

  • 2 teaspoon Jamaican curry powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon grounded turmeric powder or 2 teaspoons of grated fresh turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon green seasoning

  • 1 can chickpeas (garbanzos), drained and rinsed, or 1/2 cup dry chickpeas

  • 1 tablespoon (1-inch) piece fresh ginger crushed, grated or 1/4 teaspoon grounded ginger

  • 1 medium medium chopped tomato

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (use less for a thicker consistency)

  • 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper or to taste

  • 2 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon of dried parsley

  • 8 ounces (1 bag) fresh spinach or 1 cup frozen spinach

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose seasoning


  • Heat oil in a medium pot over medium-low heat for approximately 2-3 minutes.
  • Add onion and sauté for 1 minute to soften them up, then add garlic, cumin seeds, and scotch bonnet pepper and stir to combine. ( Sauté for 2-3 minutes on medium-low heat. Stir as it cooks.
  • Add curry powder and turmeric (if using) and stir to combine allow to cook (toast) for 2 minutes then add the custom seasoning blend and stir to combine.
  • Add ginger and stir.
  • Drain and rinse chickpeas then stir into our curry base. Allow this to simmer for 3 minutes. If you’re using dry chickpeas see the cooking directions below.
  • Next, stir in coconut milk and tomato and increase heat to medium and cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and add spinach. Cover pot and cook spinach until they are wilted 5-6 minutes.
  • If using frozen spinach, stir to combine making sure they’re submerged in the liquid. Allow spinach to defrost and heat all the way through. Once welted down stir and combine with chickpeas.
  • Lastly, stir in fresh parsley, all-purpose seasoning, black pepper, and salt. Allow mixture to simmer for 1-minute taste and adjust as necessary.
  • Remove pot from flame and serve warm.
  • Give thanks and enjoy!
  • How To Cook Dry Chickpeas on the Stove Top
  • Rinse and place chickpeas in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Soak for 8 to 12 hours. This is going to reduce the cooking time and, more importantly, make them more digestible. 
  • Drain water and transfer beans to a medium-sized dutch oven pot or heavy bottom pan and add water. Add enough water to cover the beans. You can also add a few cloves of garlic for flavor. You can also add salt (optional) to taste.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for about an hour, or until tender. Once cooked, you can store the cooked chickpeas in the fridge for about three days.

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Kerri’s Recipe Tips

  • You can add white potatoes diced in 1-inch cubes. You will need to pre-cook them before adding them to the coconut curry chickpeas.
  • You can substitute the pre-cook canned chickpeas for dry chickpeas.
  • I ALWAYS recommend reading through the recipe in full a couple of times before starting. That way you know exactly what to expect and you can prep accordingly.
  • Gather all your ingredients before cooking. This way you don’t forget to add an ingredient or two. Believe me, It has happened so many times so I use “mise en place” to save my sanity and the recipe.
  • For your convenience, you can automatically generate a grocery list using the whisk plugin located the the “Ingredient Rundown” section (scroll ↑).

Nutrition Information

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4 servings per container


  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 27.09g 42%
    • Sodium 1003.62mg 42%
    • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
    • Total Carbohydrate 21.14g 8%
      • Dietary Fiber 7.06g 29%
      • Sugars 3.44g
    • Protein 7.67g 15%

      * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. occasionally offers nutritional information for recipes contained on this site. This information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. To obtain the most accurate representation of the nutritional information in any given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe. For more information read our Nutritional Disclaimer.


      1. KerriAnn, I’ve been looking for a vegan chickpea curry for my Fiancé whose Guyanese for such a long time I’ve tried time after time to find the right flavors. The flavors were incredible, and your clear instructions made it a breeze to prepare. Thanks for sharing this delightful dish!

        • Hey Maira, thank you so much for your kind words! I’m thrilled to hear that my Curry Chickpeas recipe resonated with you and brought the right flavors to your table. It’s always a joy to know that my recipes can help bring comfort and happiness to others, especially when it connects with personal and cultural ties.

          If you or your fiancé have any other Guyanese or Caribbean favorites you’d like to see veganized, I’d love to hear your suggestions. Please feel free to share your ideas using this form. I’m always looking for inspiration and ways to serve my readers better.

          Thanks again for trying out the recipe and for your lovely feedback. Happy Cooking!xx

      2. I followed this recipe to the letter twice and it is perfect. Nothing to change. My wife is from Haiti and she loves it tool She keeps asking me to make it. If I use canned chickpeas, then it’s an easy weeknight dish.

        • Hey Scott, thank you so much for your kind words! I’m thrilled to hear that you and your wife loved the Jamaican-style curry chickpeas. It’s heartwarming to know that the dish resonates with both of you, especially since it’s crafted to be a convenient weeknight dish using canned chickpeas. Your feedback means a lot, and I’m honored that the recipe has found a special place in your home cooking. Keep enjoying and happy cooking! xx

      3. I love curry chickpeas but had never attempted them at home until finding your recipe. Very simple to follow and they came out delicious. Thanks so much!

      4. This chickpea curry is so flavorful! I love how simple it was to make too, and can’t wait to make it again!

      5. This recipe instantly transported me to Jamaica! I’m on a workout plan so I’m always looking for recipes that are high in protein. Not only did this dish satisfy that need, but it also tastes amazing!

      6. When I was a Rasta curried chickpeas were my go-to. I haven’t had them in so long so I decided to change that and make your recipe. They were as great as I remember them being!

      7. I was trying something different and this was perfect. Excellent recipe. I definitely will make again. Thx

      8. This dish looks AMAZING! And so easy to make!!

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