Indian Style Vegan Chickpeas (Quick and Super Delicious!)

This is one of my favorite South Asian dishes.

It’s incredibly delicious and surprisingly easy and quick enough to make for a weekday meal. It’s also fancy enough to serve for company. It’s my regular, “O no! People are coming over for dinner and I need to make something quick!”

Indian Style Vegan Chickpeas

indian style chickpeas


  • 5 cups cooked (or canned) chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 tomato (optional, can add extra lemon instead)
  • 1 small chilli pepper, cut in half (leave whole if you like mild)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 5 tsp cumin powder
  • 5 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp chaat masala, optional
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • fresh cilantro to garnish (optional)


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Sauté onions over medium heat in skillet

Add ginger and garlic when onions start to brown.

Sauté for 1-2 minutes or until garlic starts to brown.

Add all spices, chilli pepper, and tomato (if using) and mix well.

Add chickpeas and 1 cup water and bring to a boil.

Cover and let cook for about 20-25 minutes over low-medium heat (or less if you are using a pressure cooker) or until chickpeas are soft, adding more water if needed.

Remove from heat, mix in lemon juice and add cilantro, if using.

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