Joe Wicks vegan chickpea curry recipe

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Joe Wicks vegan chickpea curry is 531 calories per portion and only takes 30 minutes to make.

Joe Wicks’ vegan chickpea curry with tomato and spinach
(Image credit: Maya Smend)
  • Vegan
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories531 Kcal27%
Sugar13.4 g15%
Fat22.7 g32%
Saturated Fat13.0 g65%
Salt1.27 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein24.6 g49%
Carbohydrates60.4 g23%
Salt1.27 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Joe Wicks’ vegan chickpea curry can be cooked in a big batch and then portioned out for the week for healthy, budget friendly lunch or dinners. 

Joe Wicks' chicken pie recipe is one of his most popular dinner ideas but if you're looking to cut down on your meat consumption, this plant-based recipe is quick and easy to cook. This recipe is for one serving but it's easy to scale up if you prefer to batch cook or have more people to serve. 


  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1⁄2 onion, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic–ginger paste
  • 1⁄2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 x 400g tin of chickpeas
  • 2 handfuls of spinach leaves
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • handful of coriander leaves
  • coconut yoghurt, to serve – optional




  1. Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan over a low heat. Chuck in the onion, along with a pinch of salt. Cook for 6 minutes until soft.
  2. Stir in the garlic–ginger paste, turmeric and garam masala. Cook for 1 minute, stirring until it smells fragrant.
  3. Turn up the heat, chuck in the tomatoes and the tin of chickpeas with all of their water. Season with a good pinch of salt and pepper, then leave the curry to bubble away for 5 minutes.
  4. Drop in the spinach leaves. Once wilted, take the pan off the heat and squeeze in the lemon juice to taste. Spoon into a bowl, stir through most of the coriander leaves, then top with the rest. Serve with coconut yoghurt, if you like. 

Top tips for making Joe Wicks' vegan chickpea curry

The curry can be made ahead and is also suitable for freezing. Batch cooking is a very economical approach and saves you time in the future too. As a treat, try serving the curry with some warm naan bread. Continue reading for more serving suggestions and ingredient substitutions. 

Is chickpea curry high in calories?

This recipe is approximately 530 calories, not including the serving suggestion of coconut yogurt.

Can vegans eat chickpeas?

Yes, chickpeas are a popular ingredient in many vegan recipes. Chickpeas have a high nutritional value as they contain lots of good fats, fibre and protein. They are also an excellent source of iron which can be difficult for vegans to consume from diet alone.

What to serve with vegan chickpea curry?

The curry is delicious on its own but can be enjoyed with a dollop of plant-based yogurt and naan bread. You could also serve the curry on top of a jacket potato. 

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Jessica Ransom

"If you don't have chickpeas you could also make this recipe with a can of butterbeans instead. They have a similar texture and are another hearty, vegan option." 

Veggie Lean in 15: 15-minute Veggie Meals with WorkoutsView at Amazon

Veggie Lean in 15: 15-minute Veggie Meals with Workouts by Joe Wicks (Bluebird Main Market edition, £10.99) - View at Amazon

If you’d like more meat-free inspiration, the book has lots of tasty options including Joe’s Smoky Sweet Potato Curry to speedy Green Turkish eggs. For those with a sweet tooth, there’s some tasty dessert options too. 

We have lots more Joe Wicks recipes for you to browse. You might also like this Slimming World chickpea curry or Joe Wicks veggie superfood salad is a great lunch option. 

Joe Wicks

Joe Wicks aka ‘The Body Coach’ rose to fame after his Instagram videos started to go viral. With 15-minute recipes and HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workouts to do at home, Joe quickly became one of the most followed personal trainers in the country.

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