Spicy Chickpea Kale and Potato Curry

A flavourful 40 minute dish featuring chickpeas, potatoes, and kale all in a spicy tomato based curry. It’s vegan and gluten-free too! Serve it with rice for a complete meal!

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Spicy Chickpea Kale and Potato Curry

Winter is coming in a little less than a month and here in Alberta, we’ve already experienced a few snowfalls and freezing weather. Plus icy roads. Slipping on the way to the mailbox is never fun. Ouch.

Also, I know it’s too cold when my dog, Teddy, takes a look out the front door, backs away, and heads straight to the nearest blanket to nap instead of wanting to go for a walk. He loves the snow, but not the chilliness.

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Teddy: I’ll take a nap instead.

I’m the same. I feel like the older I get, the less I can tolerate the cold weather. When it’s cold and dark out, I find myself craving something warm, filling, and quick to make. This Chickpea and Potato Curry was just what I needed. Why? Because it’s:

  • Hearty and delicious: Filled with chunky tender potatoes, small chewy chickpeas, and leafy tender kale all in a simple tomato curry.
  • Very flavourful: It has a nice warming spiciness it (a mild-medium heat) using a variety of spices that have bold yet complimentary flavours. It is easy to up the spiciness if you prefer a lot more heat too.
  • It’s healthy:It’s full of vitamins and nutrients! For instance, kale is an excellent source of vitamin A and K, iron, and fiber. I love kale, but if it’s not for you, you can also substitute with spinach.
  • It’s simple to make: A little chopping, measuring, and stirring.
  • Everything is basically cooked in one-pot:With the exception of using a blender to puree the whole tomatoes, everything is then cooked in one-pot.Yay for less dishes to clean-up!
  • It takes about 40 minutes to make: Half of the time is letting the flavours combine when it’s simmering on the stovetop.
  • Vegan and gluten-free: If you have these dietary restrictions, this is a great recipe to try.
Bowls of kale, chickpeas, potatoes,onions, pureed tomatoes, spices, garlic, and onion.

All the ingredients in this recipe. Ingredient amounts and full instructions are listed below.

An overhead view of a bowl of spices that includes turmeric, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and black pepper.

The spice blend: turmeric, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and black pepper. It gives this curry a nice mild to medium heat.Add more if you like it really spicy!

A side view of Spicy Chickpea Kale and Potato Curry in a large silver pot.

Small round chickpeas, chunky potatoes, and leafy tender kale absorbs the flavours of the tomato-based curry! So scumptious and heartwarming.

An overhead view of a bowl of chickpea kale and potato curry, a pot of curry, and a bowl of raw kale.

I have to admit that I was a little nervous making this for Scott as he is not the biggest fan of whole tomatoes, but what he loves is spice and this recipe has now shortage of that. Having been pureed, the tomatoes are more of a base and the spices provide a robust flavour profile. In the end, Scott enjoyed this recipe especially given how wholesome and filling it is.

I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you make it, please let me know what you think by commenting below or through any of my social media!

A side angle view of Spicy Chickpea Kale and Potato Curry with rice with a large pot of curry in the background.
Spicy Chickpea Kale and Potato Curry

Spicy Chickpea Kale and Potato Curry

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

A flavourful 40 minute dish featuring chickpeas, potatoes, and kale all in a spicy tomato based curry. It’s vegan and gluten-free too! Serve it with rice for a complete meal!

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2-inch fresh ginger root, minced
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 796 ml (28 fl oz) canned whole tomatoes
  • 540 ml (19 oz) canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 3 medium white potatoes, peeled and chopped in 1½-inch chunks
  • 4 cups packed kale, stems removed and chopped into small pieces
  • ½ - ¾ cup water (or coconut milk for creamier texture)
  • Salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the spices (minus the salt) and set aside* (see first note). In a blender, puree the whole tomatoes (with juice) and set aside. The pureed tomatoes will be around 4 cups** (see second note).
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat and add onions with a small pinch of salt. Stir occasionally until onions are browned, 5-6 minutes.
  3. Add in the garlic and ginger and stir to combine with the onions for 15 seconds (do not allow the garlic to burn). Then stir in the spice blend until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  4. Mix in the pureed tomatoes, chickpeas, and potatoes, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pan to get the brown bits. Stir in ½ - ¾ cup of water (or coconut milk) if necessary (enough to just cover the top of the chunky ingredients).
  5. Bring the mixture to boil and then cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Next, stir in the kale and cover for another 5 minutes, until the kale is tender*** (see third note).
  6. Taste for additional salt. Serve immediately with rice.

Notes

  • *This spice blend results in a mild-medium heat in the curry. Increase the amount of spices for a more spicier flavour.
  • **If you prefer not to puree the whole tomatoes, you can substitute with diced or crushed tomatoes. The resulting curry will be thicker.
  • ***If you prefer a thicker sauce, remove half a cup of liquid and stir in 1 tablespoon of cornstarch until it is completely dissolved. Stir the cornstarch and liquid mixture back into the curry at medium heat until it thickens.
  • Nutritional calories represent one serving (excluding rice) with eight servings total.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 192 Total Fat: 3.6g Carbohydrates: 34g Protein: 8.7g
Nutritional values are estimated based on the ingredients used by the author; your ingredients may differ. These values are calculated using Nutritionix.
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14 thoughts on “Spicy Chickpea Kale and Potato Curry”

  • This curry looks so warm and comforting. I absolutely LOVE curries so I am so happy to have found this. Snow is starting over here too and the dark mornings and early dark evenings really do suck 🙁 Gotta maximize the comfortness and cozy and take advantage of it! Aww Teddy is such a cutie pie! haha I can’t believe he actually likes playing in the snow! Any signs of snow in between my toes toes and they freak out! haha 🙂

    • Thanks Joyce! The early darkness and cold weather does get me down, but at least it’s an good excuse to make more hearty curries and soups and cuddle with the pup (and husband)! Thanks for stopping by, Joyce!

  • Oh boy, whilst the curry looks really rather good, I’m afraid that it’s Teddy that’s totally stolen my heart!
    Please tell him he can come and overwinter with us – we sadly never get snow!
    Jane x

  • Everything I love in a curry, I always opt for the veggie side dishes and here is the most delicious looking curry. This is definitely going on my meal plan.

    • Hi! You can freeze for up to one month. However, as with all frozen soups/curries, the veggies will get a little soft (mushy) when re-heated. Also, if you opt to use coconut milk instead of water, there is a risk of the milk separating so the texture may get grainy.

  • This recipe is ok. For me, it has too much tomato. It tasted more like I was eating a tomato soup than a curry.

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