I feel like we could all use a bit of comfort right now. It’s not so strange for me to be home and not go out – after all most days I work from home. But what is a little worrying is not being able to grocery shop with abandon. All of the online delivery places have their spots taken up almost instantly and as someone who examines each and every piece of produce, leaving produce choice in the hands of someone else is rough.

As it stands I’m a pretty anxious person so this whole world pandemic situation is … well, rough. Mike and I have been trying to keep busy. I’ve throughly cleaned our deck, done lots of loads of laundry, and been cooking whatever we have in the fridge.

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This is one of those easy to make comforting soups that uses (mostly) pantry ingredients. It’s a riff off of a very popular viral stew. Unfussy and easy. A little bit of what everyone needs right now.

Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.

PS – To make this vegan, skip out on the yogurt and be sure to use vegetable stock :)
PPS – If you want a similar stew, check this one out too.

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Coconut Curry Chickpea Stew

Creamy coconut chickpea stew with greens and yogurt.
4.93 from 14 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 tbsp neutral oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 inch piece ginger finely chopped or grated
  • 1-2 tbsp Thai red curry paste
  • 1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1 can coconut milk full fat
  • 1 cup vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 bunch kale stems removed, torn into bite sized pieced
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint or cilantro to finish
  • greek yogurt if desired


  • Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the garlic, onion, and ginger. Cook, stirring occasionally until the onion is soft, but not brown, 2-3 minutes.
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  • Add the curry paste and chickpeas and fry, stirring frequently, until the chickpeas start to sizzle and get slightly brown and crisp, 8-10 minutes. Remove some chickpeas for garnish and set aside.
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  • Use a wooden spoon or potato masher to mash the chickpeas – their starchiness will thicken the stew. Add the coconut milk and stock, scrapping up any bits on the bottom of the pan.
  • Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened to your liking, 20-30 minutes. Stir in the greens and cook until wilted. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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  • Scoop into bowls and top with the reserved chickpeas, fresh herbs, a drizzle of olive oil, and dollop of yogurt, if using. Enjoy immediately.
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  1. Helen says:

    Hi not sure I’m crazy about kale , would spinach do?

    1. Stephanie says:

      absolutely, just stir it in right before you want to eat so it doesn’t wilt too much :)

    2. Deryl says:

      I made this…awesome!!

  2. Matt says:

    I’m a newbie when it comes to coconut milk. Do you use “regular” or unsweetened?

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi matt,
      this coconut milk is the kind that comes in a can, not the refrigerated section so it doesn’t come in regular or unsweetened. the stuff that comes regular or unsweetened usually has more water content and you won’t get the same thickness in the stew. look for canned coconut milk in the asian section :)

  3. Jess says:

    Might want to adjust the cooking time listed up top.

    1. Stephanie says:

      changed it :)

  4. Okay, this is just pure deliciousness. I need to cook this tonight!

  5. Nam says:

    Made this today. It’s delicious. I love your blog and have tried a few recipes. All of them are excellent ?

    1. Stephanie says:

      thanks so much nam! glad you like the recipes :)

  6. Camille says:

    Can I sub yellow curry powder for red paste? Or maybe supplement with red miso paste

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi camille,
      yes to the red miso paste :)

  7. Sarah says:

    I loved it! I cut my total cook time to under 20 minutes and it was perfect.
    I used Silverbeet instead of Kale because I prefer it and I had some already. Really tasty an easy. Thank you.

  8. Sage says:

    Can I use green curry paste instead of red curry paste?

    1. Stephanie says:

      absolutely :)

  9. Mayra says:

    Is it necessary to use full fat coconut milk? Or can I use lite?

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi mayra,
      you can use lite but it won’t be as rich and thick.

  10. Maddi says:

    How many would this serve? 2? 4?

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi maddi,

      it serves 2!

  11. Maggie says:

    5 stars
    I just made this tonight and it was DELICIOUS! I seldom follow a recipe exactly, but this time I did. The red curry paste is what makes this taste so good; also the cilantro on top at the end–YUMMY!!!! Thank you!

    1. Stephanie says:

      so happy you liked it maggie :)

  12. Ashley says:

    5 stars
    This was so easy and yummy! Husband is dairy-free so didn’t use any yogurt on top, and actually skipped leaving out some crispy chickpeas. We served it over rice and next time I’ll double it for sure.

  13. C says:

    Anyone know how many servings this makes?

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi c,
      it serves 4!

  14. C says:

    Can this recipe be made ahead of time and not served right away?

    1. Stephanie says:

      absolutely :)

  15. Ioana simona Elias says:

    5 stars
    Great recipe

  16. Christine says:

    5 stars
    Love halthy quick cook meals and this one is delicious 😋

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