Vegan Kale and Chickpea Curry with Quinoa – A Flavorful Fusion

Vegan Kale and Chickpea Curry with Quinoa – A Flavorful Fusion

Once again I find myself taking a whole plant food New World staple and folding it into an Old World vegan classic.  I don’t know why my kitchen (yes the kitchen decides) does this to us, but it pays off once again in this nutritious and flavorful dish.

Make sure to have a high-quality curry powder when making a curry.  If you have one you like, great, use it!  If you are looking for one, I would stay away from the generic spice producers and go find something on Amazon with five stars, or better still check out your local Indian market.  I use the Spicewalla brand.

Vegan Kale and Chickpea Curry

December 24, 2023
: 4
: 15 min
: 15 min
: 30 min
: Easy
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (for sweetness and texture)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (for a pungent flavor)
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger (for a spicy zing)
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained (rich in protein and fiber)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder (Spicewala makes a good one)
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne or other ground red pepper, to taste (for heat)
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes, fire-roasted preferred (for smoky flavor)
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (nutritious and gluten-free)
  • Tamari to taste (for a rich, umami flavor)
  • 1 cup chopped kale (packed with vitamins and minerals)
  • Step 1 Heat a medium-sized, non-stick saucepan over medium-high heat. Sauté the onions with a splash of tamari until they soften.
  • Step 2 Add the garlic and ginger, cooking for another minute.
  • Step 3 Stir in the chickpeas, curry powder, and red pepper. Cook briefly to release the flavors.
  • Step 4 Mix in the diced tomatoes and cooked quinoa. Reduce the heat to low, and cover the pan.
  • Step 5 Simmer for about 10 minutes to allow the flavors to blend. Halfway through, stir in the chopped kale to wilt.
  • Step 6 Finish with a splash of tamari, adjusting to your taste.
  • Step 7 Serve this hearty curry in wraps, pita bread, lettuce leaves, with naan, or other flatbreads.

Estimated Nutritional Label per Serving:

  • Calories: 210
  • Total Fat: 3g (Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Trans Fat: 0g)
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 300mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 37g (Dietary Fiber: 8g, Total Sugars: 5g)
  • Protein: 9g
  • Vitamin D: 0mcg
  • Calcium: 60mg
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Potassium: 450mg

Serving suggestions:

  • Serve as lettuce wraps.
  • Serve over rice.
  • Serve over a stack of Savory Chickpea Pancakes.
  • Serve over hash-brown potatoes!