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Curry chickpeas (Jamaican Style)

Jamaican style curry chickpeas inspired by Jamaican curry and Indian curry chana masala. A fusion of two culture to make the delicious dish.

chickpeas curry

Curry Fusion

I love chickpea so much could eat it every day. I’ve cooked this dish so many times I think the mastered it to perfection.

I have included my favourite Indian spices with my Jamaican spice to make this curry chickpeas dish. I stuck to using Jamaican curry powder because I like that taste better.

This recipe is gluten-free and very vegan friendly.

Jamaican style curry chickpeas

My Ingredients

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 freshly squeezed coconut milk. I have used canned coconut milk before but it doesn’t compare.
  • Tomato: I always blend the tomatoes so there are not tomato bits in my curry.
  • Carrot and potato: Both ingredients from Jamaican curry. They both go well in the curry so I had it to my curry chickpeas.
  • Essential spices and seasoning

How To Cook Jamaican Curry Chickpeas

Because I am using canned chickpeas, which is already cooked, I cooked the potato halfway through before adding the chickpeas. The carrot is easier to cook so that goes in with the chickpeas.

What To Serve It With

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I only ever have the dish with my coconut rice dish or naan bread, nothing else seems to go with it.

However, you have it with your favourite side that you love having with curry go ahead and try it.

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chickpeas curry

Curried chickpeas (Jamaican Style)

This curry chickpea recipe is inspired by Jamaican curry and my love for the Indian flavours. The is a vegan-friendly, gluten-free recipe.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Dairy free, Gluten-free, Vegan
Keyword: Coconut curry chickpeas, Curry Chickpeas
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 238kcal
Author: Lesa


  • 1 ½ cup Canned Chickpea Rinsed
  • 2 cups Fresh coconut milk
  • 1 ½ tbsp Jamaican curry powder
  • 1 tsp Garam masala
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cummin seed
  • 1 Cardamom Pod
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 Large onion Chopped
  • 3 Cloves garlic Crushed
  • 1 tbsp Freshly grated ginger
  • 2 Bay leaf 
  • 6 Pimiento berries (allspice)
  • 3 Chilli pepper
  • 4 Medium Tomatoes Blend until smooth
  • 1 Medium carrot Diced
  • 1 Medium potato Diced
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • ½ Cup Water


  • Place a pot on medium heat, add the oil, cumin seeds, clove, bay leaf, cardamom pod, pimento (allspice) and cook for about a 30 second until the cumin seeds start to crackle.
  • Add the onion, garlic, ginger, chilli pepper and the curry powder, cook until the onion soften. (If the pot start to stick, add a tiny bit of water to prevent burn)
  • Add the potato, stir until it is coated with the curry. Add the blended tomato. Turn the heat to medium-low, cover the pot and cook until the potatoes are almost tender.
  • Add the chickpeas, carrot, coconut milk and water.
  • Add garam masala, salt. Cover and cook until the liquid is reduced and the potatoes and carrots are cooked.
  • Before turning off the heat of crush some of the chickpeas and poatoes to thicken up the sauce.


Dry chickpeas will take a bit more time to cook and more coconut milk and water. 


Nutrition Facts
Curried chickpeas (Jamaican Style)
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. Hi- this instructions don’t say when to add the blended tomatoes!! Can you please update it?

  2. Hi. Thank you for the recipe. It looks so good and I can’t wait to try it. I was wondering, because I don’t have the Cardamom or the Cloves for that matter, would a worthy substitute be Anise Star or maybe Coriander seed? And I have to use jalapeno peppers in stead of chili peppers. Will all these things drastically change the taste? Even if I do everything else as written?

  3. 5 stars
    Thanks for updating the recipe!! This came out SO good!! Easy to follow for us those of us that are new to making Jamaican food! I’ve bookmarked your page on every device I have!

  4. 5 stars
    Had this just now for dinner and it was AMAZING! My gf said “that just made my top five”, speaking about dishes I’ve made for her. We both give you five stars! Thank you so much! Will be making this forever now!

  5. Hi I love to make chickpea curries with Indian spices, so am looking forward to this. I got some imported Jamaican yellow curry powder in too. I made your Ackee and saltfish recipe too!
    Can you say roughly how many fresh coconuts I will have to smash open to get the 2 cups of milk?

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