If you are vegetarian or a curry lover, you can rejoice! You can have Jamaican-style curry without any meat with this curry chickpeas dish. Chickpeas, potato, and Jamaican seasonings simmered in coconut milk to make an incredible curry dish. But with a twist! My recipe is inspired by Jamaican and Indian curry, a fusion of two cultures to make the delicious dish.
If you prefer not to use the Indian spices, the recipe card below provides the instruction.
Jamaican-Style Curry Chickpeas
Jamaican curry powder is like no other, so it is best to use it for this recipe. Made from local Jamaican spices, it adds rich, unique colour and taste to the curry dish.
Coconut milk adds another type of flavour to a Jamaican curry dish, but it’s optional. You don’t always have to add coconut milk to your Jamaican curry. However, to make your Jamaican curry chickpeas pop, it is necessary to use coconut milk.
I love Indian food because it contains a lot of spices, so it is flavourful. One of my favourite Indian dishes to have is Chana Masala (curry chickpea). But I also love Jamaican-style curry chickpea!
So I took the spices I like from the Chana Masala recipe and included them in my Jamaican curry chickpea recipe.
You have been waiting for it, haven’t you? Here are my ingredients.
- Chickpeas: I used canned chickpeas for this recipe.
- Coconut milk: I used my homemade coconut milk. I have used canned coconut milk before, but it doesn’t compare.
- Carrot and potato: Not a Jamaican curry without these two.
- Essentials: Thyme, ginger, scallion, pimento (allspice), Jamaican curry powder, onion and garlic.
- Blended tomato: The blended tomato I also got from the Indian style cooking, but I don’t use as much tomato as when making the Indian curry dish. You don’t have to blend the tomato.
The Indian spices I use:
- Herbs: Cloves, bay leaf and cardamom pod.
- Spices: Cumin powder, Garam masala and ground coriander.
How To Cook Jamaican Curry Chickpeas
- Toast the curry: First, you want to toast curry powder, what we Jamaicans call “burn the curry”, but you are not burning the curry powder as this will cause it to taste bitter. Toast the pimento (allspice), bay leaf, cloves and cardamom pod so that the flavours infuse the oil.
- Sauté: Add the scallion, garlic, ginger and onion and sauté.
- Potato and Chickpeas: You may decide to add the potato first if you are using canned chickpeas. But I add them at the same time. Even though the chickpeas are already cooked, I feels it absorb more flavour this way.
- All together: Add the rest of the ingredients and let the pot simmer until the potatoes are fully cook. See recipe card below!
What To Serve It With
I only ever have the dish with my coconut rice dish, nothing else seems to go with it. But, you can have it with your favourite side.
More Curry Recipe:
Curry chickpeas (Jamaican Style)
- 480 g (2.93 cups) Chickpea Two cans
- 1 ½ cup (0.35 l) Coconut milk
- ½ tbsp Jamaican curry powder
- 180 g (6.35 oz) Potato Diced
- 75 g (2.65 oz) Carrot Diced
- 90 g (3.17 oz) Tomato Blend until smooth
- 40g (155.2 oz) Onion Chopped
- 15 g Scallion Chopped
- 2 Garlic cloves Crushed
- 8 g (0.28 oz) Freshly grated ginger
- 5 Pimiento berries (allspice)
- 3 Sprig of thyme
- 3 tbsp Salt I'm using pink himalayan salt
- 2 Chilli pepper
- 4 tbsp oil
- ½ Cup (118.29 ml) Water
- 1 tsp Garam masala
- 1 tsp Cumin powder
- 1 tsp Ground coriander
- 2 Cardamom Pod
- 2 Cloves
- 1 Bay leaf
- In a pot on medium heat, add the oil, cloves, bay leaf, cardamom pods, pimentos (allspice), chilli peppers, and curry powder. Toast for a minute until the curry powder turn a red-ish brown colour. (Leave out the cloves, bay leaf, cardamom pods and swap the chilli pepper for scotch bonnet for a pure Jamaican-style).
- Add the onion, garlic, ginger, and scallion and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Stir in the potato and chickpeas making sure they are fully coated in with the curry. Cook for about 5 minutes. If you are using a pot that isn't non-stick, stir continuously to prevent burn. You may have to add a bit of water.
- Add tomato, carrot, coconut milk, thyme, cumin powder, ground coriander, garam masala, salt and water. Cover and cook for 30 minutes until the liquid reduces the potato and carrot soften. (Leave out the cumin powder, ground coriander, garam masala for a pure Jamaican-style).
- Before turning off the heat, crush a few chickpeas and potatoes to thicken up the sauce.
- I use homemade coconut milk, but canned ones are perfectly fine to use.
- The “fusion spices” are optional but, I recommend using them because they add so much to the dish.
- You can precook the potato, but it is better to cook them in the coconut milk for the added flavour.
- Use scotch bonnet pepper instead of chilli pepper for a more authentic Jamaican flavour.
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