Roasted Tomatillos Chickpea Curry

Roasted Tomatillos Chickpea Curry
Diet Info: DF GF F LF Na LS VG V Fa

For my love of chickpeas, I'm always testing recipes to cook simple, healthy and easy Chickpea Curries for weekday dinner. 

In my home, no one will mind eating healthy if it tastes good... I'm sure so is in yours!? 

This creamy chickpea curry fits right in category of being healthy, easy to cook, and yet tastes like a scrumptious restaurant-quality dinner at home..... Vegan, high in fiber, gluten free, and is ready in just 20 minutes!

How good does that sound? 

Creamy and vegan Roasted Tomatillos Chickpea Curry |

Honestly,  Roasted Tomatillos Chickpea Curry is pure example of my passion for Mexican bold flavors and my Indian heritage.

When I was testing this recipe ..... I had my kitchen counter lined-up with small bowls filled with different versions of this curry and my guinea pig tasting everything.. ;) (you know him). I had this recipe in mind since long but wanted to make sure flavors work good together. I'm no stranger to experimenting with curries, and knew tang of roasted tomatillos will go good with meaty chickpeas and spicy curry.. yet recipe-testing has it's own fun. (and reassurance) :)

Creamy and vegan Roasted Tomatillos Chickpea Curry served with rice for easy weekday dinner |

Coconut Milk - Yes or No?

I was divided among using coconut milk or or no coconut milk in this curry. By nature, tangy gravies or dressing go great with chickpeas... In fact also enhance the flavor of chickpeas. So for me, this curry without coconut milk had sharp zesty and tangy flavor which I really loved. However, coconut milk adds another layer of flavor, tone down the tang and spice of curry as well. Bonus is that it makes curry even more creamy and still it is vegan. 

So in short, you can skip coconut milk or add substitute like almond milk or heavy cream (not vegan). However, please don't use traditional yogurt for creaminess in this curry. The tang of yogurt does not go with already tangy Tomatillos in this Chickpea Curry.

Creamy easy healthy Indian Chickpea Curry with a fusion taste of roasted tomatillos for a quick weekday dinner |

Is it Salsa Verde Curry?!!

Oh my!! You guessed it! ;)

I know you are about to ask me - Savita, this Roasted Tomatillos sauce reminds me of Salsa Verde!

Even though the sauce is not pure Salsa Verde but my answer is: Sure, it is very similar! It has that sharp and tangy taste which is courtesy of roasted tomatillos.

See, now you know what will this chickpea curry taste like? ;)  (a little tang, little spice...)

In-fact, if you have any leftover salsa verde in your refrigerator? This curry will fly from your kitchen to dinner table under 10 minutes. 

PS: In-case you have already made-up mind to use salsa verde? Please don't forget to cook-off the watery liquid of salsa verde or curry will be runny and will not taste good. Also use good quality salsa verde and use les, as salsa verde will be tangier than this sauce.

Tangy Creamy Chickpea Curry with Coconut Milk for a winter comfort yet healthy dinner |

Okay, enough about curry. Now, I can't resist to share the good news!!

From past few days it has been raining heavily (for a change) with temperature in low 50s. drum rolls!!!!! We have seen no rain past whole year. It was so badly needed!

And such good weather calls for a bowl of warm Chickpea Curry! Happy tummy, happy mind and happy me! :)

Honestly, in cold weather I need something warm for all three meals. Even when I pack salads for lunch, I pack a portion of warm side like some leftover curry, small soup, or lentils which can be enjoyed warm. To me that few bites of warm food makes lunch so so comforting. For dinner and breakfast, mostly warm meal is ritual in our house. Other than sometime in summers when we switch to smoothies.

Tangy Creamy Chickpea Curry with Coconut Milk for a vegan and gluten free winter comfort yet healthy dinner |

Diet Info:

This delicious Chickpea Curry is gluten free (when served with rice or quinoa), vegan and also rich in healthy fiber and vegetarian protein.  

I hope you all are enjoying your day so far. Now, these pictures are making me super hungry. Time to get up for lunch! Oh, and speaking of which reminds me that this Chickpea Curry freezes very well. I usually freeze curry in small portions so it is easy to reheat for 1-2 quick servings.

You know what? I still have a portion of this curry in freezer. I guess, my lunch is calling me! :)

Enjoy! -Savita

Love Chickpeas? Eat'em for dinner, breakfast or lunch with these easy recipes:

Easy Chickpea Curry with Basmati Rice Masala Chickpeas and Yogurt Breakfast Bowl Mediterranean Chickpeas Salad with Herb-Citrus Vinaigrette

Roasted Tomatillos Chickpea Curry

4.8 (8 reviews)
Roasted Tomatillos Chickpea Curry
Total Time: Prep Time: Cook Time: Cuisine: Indian () Difficulty: Easy
Yields: 3 Cups - Serves: 4
(No. of servings depends on serving size.)


Roasted Tomatillos Sauce
Chickpea Curry
Smart Swap: Replace rice with quinoa or fill it in gluten free corn tortillas for Chickpea Curry Tacos!! Yummm!


  • Step for Recipe - Roasted Tomatillos Chickpea Curry 1. Roast Poblano and tomatillo on direct stove heat or grill or under broiler until nicely charred and soft. (6-8 minutes). Scrap-off seeds and skin from roasted poblano. Add poblano flesh (no seeds/stem/skin), roasted tomatillos , and rest of Roasted Tomatillos Sauce ingredients - cilantro, oregano, salt and olive oil, to food processor.
    Step for Recipe - Roasted Tomatillos Chickpea Curry 2. Process everything to a sauce like Salsa Verde. Remove and set aside. In same processor, add 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas and pulse a few times to mash them. Set aside.
  • Step for Recipe - Roasted Tomatillos Chickpea Curry 3. Heat a pan, with 1-2 teaspoon olive oil (or canola if using) then add curry powder and let curry perfume oil for 30 seconds. Add 1/2 roasted tomatillo sauce and cook for 2 minutes. Additional Notes: 16 ounce chickpeas need about 1/2 cup tomatillo sauce (blended in step -1 and 2). Add more if you like a tangy curry. Or add few cup more chickpeas and sauce to make more servings..
    Step for Recipe - Roasted Tomatillos Chickpea Curry 4. Add mashed chickpeas, remaining whole chickpeas, coconut milk and 1 cup water.
  • Step for Recipe - Roasted Tomatillos Chickpea Curry 5. Mix well and bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer curry until curry is thick. (5-7 minutes on medium-high heat) Taste and adjust salt and black pepper. Add more coconut milk if you prefer per taste.
    Step for Recipe - Roasted Tomatillos Chickpea Curry 6. Serve over rice or quinoa. Or Indian naan bread and enjoy!
Savita's Notes:

Roasted Tomatillos Sauce yields about 1 to 1.5 cups depending upon size or tomatillos and poblano. Recipe needs about 1/2 cup sauce. Add more if you like a tangy curry. Or make sauce once and enjoy this chickpea curry twice in week. Sauce will stay good in refrigerator for 4-5 days.

For rice, I use one part rice and two part water with pinch or two of salt. If you want more flavor then one whole bay leaf. Bring to boil, then simmer on medium heat covered until water has been absorbed and rice grains are soft.

For lighter, less starchy rice, add 3 portions water instead of two. Drain the excess water at the end of cooking which reduces the starch level in rice.


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30 Responses

  1. This curry is AMAZING and we always look forward to making it! Thanks so much!
  2. I really want to make this, but I can’t find what typecolor curry powder to use. I have yellow and red curry powder and green curry paste. Please help!
    I use yellow curry powder for this recipe.
  3. Just made this. I added a fresh jalapeno, did not remove the skin from the poblano pepper, used all of the tomatillo sauce and about 4 cups of chickpeas. Was not necessary to add 1 cup of water. Very hearty and tasty !
  4. Love this recipe! May I share it with my CSA New Roots Farm. It always seems that all people use tomatillos for is a sauce. Love curry and love this recipe. Thanks.
  5. This a big hit in our house. Its now on the five-star-make-it-often list! I've even switched markets in order to find good quality tomatillos.
    "High Five", Bruce. I'm glad you enjoy this chickpea curry so much. Thanks for letting me know.
  6. Very tasty for a vegetarian meal. Will definitely make again. I love the hidden kick from the pepper
  7. This was great! The salsa verde and coconut milk combination was unusual but delicious. Grinding up some of the garbanzos gave it a nice texture. My family asked that next time it have potatoes.
  8. Hi there. I wanted to try this recipe out but I can’t print it. I hit the print button but it comes up blank. TIA!
  9. I get it. You copyright your recipes. But how the hell am I supposed to use it? Drag my computer into the kitchen? Come ON. Youre missing a lot of followers by making it impossible to print off the recipe so we can actually cook it.
    Hi Anna, there is Print button in Recipe Card that let you Print the recipe. (That said, let me think, what can I do about making recipe easier to print.) Thanks for your feedback.
  10. I just want to let you know that this recipe is so tasty. Thanks for publishing.
    Thanks for sweet feedback, Carolyn. I'm glad you enjoyed. I'm happy to share this recipe.
  11. I made this about a month ago and enjoyed it very much! I am making it again this weekend to help combat a cold. Thank you so much for this recipe!
    Thanks for sweet feedback, Anette. Love the fact that you making it again. Hope you feel better. I'm happy to share the recipe.
  12. Excellent recipe. Tomatillos allow for a naturally thick curry, ameliorating the need for any cream/coconut/cashew etc. Would consider adding a couple Thai green chilies or Serranos for a bit more kick
  13. Thanks. I feel it can benefit from roasted garlic in the salsa,and onion in the curry. I appreciate your recipe
  14. This is the second time i'm making this and it just keeps getting better. This is my new favorite channa recipe. Thank you Savita
    I'm glad you enjoying this curry. Thanks for sharing your feedback with us.
  15. Now, this is a keeper! Awesome flavors. I added a red onion, which I carmelized just before cooking the curry powder. It added a nice color, sweetness, and texture. Substituted large jalapenos, as I didn't have the poblano. Pan roasted the peppers and tomatillo since it was too hot in the apartment to turn on the broiler. Seemed fine! Didn't use any water, and the dish didn't seem to suffer from its lack. And we were able to eat it sooner! Thanks for sharing this!
    Hi Martin, I'm glad you enjoyed this Chickpea Curry. Thanks for feedback and adjustment suggestions. I can see, adding onion is such a great idea. Have a wonderful day. -Savita
  16. This recipe is so good. And it is flexible. The first batch I made per recipe specifications. The second batch I substituted Cannellini beans for garbonzos, added some leftover fish, and put in more coconut milk and less water and then topped with some chopped cilantro. Still really good!
    Lisa, thanks for sweet feedback. I'm loving every bit of it. It is indeed a flexible curry. Now, i have to try it with beans soon. Thanks for sharing this idea.
  17. What if I wanted to at chicken breast cut up to this? How could I go about that?
    Hi Danny, I have not tried chicken with recipe. If I would use chicken, I would pan sear chicken sprinkled with salt and pepper in skillet, then cut bite size or use precooked chicken and add to recipe when chickpeas are added. I hope it helps.
  18. I've never made verde sayce before. I'm confused on your comment. After you roast poblano pepper and tomatillos, everything is blended except stem of pepper? Or don't include seeds??? Sorry! I don't get it.
    Hi Erika, I meant to add/use only roasted poblano flesh without seeds, stem or outer charred skin. Think it like jar roasted red pepper which are just flesh and no seed/stem/skin. I hope it helps. Please feel free to ask any more question you have. I hope you get chance to cook this curry.
  19. Yummy curry Savita, I'm sure trying it :)
    Neeli, thanks! I'm sure you gonna love this curry. It really is a nice a break from usual curry :) enjoy!