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Bowl of vegan butter chickpeas and rice topped with cashews
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Easy Vegan Butter Chickpeas

These Easy Butter Chickpeas are a healthier, vegan version of Butter Chicken - made with whole food, plant-based ingredients! Rich, ultra-creamy & super satisfying.
Author: Kaitlin - The Garden Grazer
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Indian, Oil-Free, Vegan
Servings: 4 large bowls

Ingredients

  • 1 onion
  • 15 oz. can chickpeas
  • 15 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
  • 15 oz. can coconut milk (regular, unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (creamy, natural)
  • 3 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. curry powder (I use mild)
  • 1 ½ tsp. garlic powder*
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika (or regular paprika)
  • 1 Tbsp. tamari

For serving:

  • Cooked brown rice (and/or flatbread), cashews, cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  • Begin cooking your rice, or prepare it ahead of time so it's ready to go.
  • Dice onion.
  • In a large skillet over med-high heat, saute onion for 7-8 minutes. (I use 3 Tbsp. water/broth for no-oil saute method, adding more as needed.)
  • When onion is softened, add the curry powder (more/less as desired), garlic powder, and smoked paprika (or other seasonings of choice*). Stir and heat for 1 minute, adding a touch more liquid if necessary.
  • Rinse and drain chickpeas. Add chickpeas and diced tomatoes (with juice) to skillet. Stir and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Carefully add coconut milk, peanut butter, and tomato paste. Stir until well combined.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally as the sauce thickens.
  • Before serving, stir in the tamari. (Taste and add more, or salt to taste as desired).
  • Serve warm over brown rice, topped with cashews (recommended!) and fresh cilantro if desired.

Notes

*Modify the accent spices as desired - cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, garam masala, chili powder, etc. I've found this to be a pretty forgiving recipe so feel free to take some liberties and have fun! You can also substitute fresh garlic for the garlic powder, or add freshly grated ginger.
Add a fresh squeeze of lemon juice for acidity, and/or 1 Tbsp. maple syrup for sweetness.
For us, this recipe yields about 4 large bowls, or 5-6 smaller/medium bowls. (It's quite filling & substantial, especially served with rice & cashews.)
Estimated nutritional content is calculated without brown rice and cashews.
Recipe adapted from Earth of Maria

NUTRITION PER SERVING (ESTIMATE)

Calories: 495kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Potassium: 997mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 953IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 6mg