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Thai Chickpea Almond Curry

Dreena Burton's Thai Chickpea-Almond curry

While this bakes, you will be enchanted with the aromatic mingling of nutty coconut sauce infused with lime, ginger, and curry. It is a deeply flavorful dish that is also almost effortless in preparation. Everything comes together lickety-split and you have an exotic bean entrée to serve over rice. Recipe reprinted from Let Them Eat Vegan* by Dreena Burton (Da Capo, ©2012), by permission. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky.

Serves: 4 to 5, depending on accompaniments


  • 1 medium to large clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt (plus another few pinches, if desired)
  • 2½ to 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 (14-ounce) can “lite” coconut milk
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • ½ tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
  • 1½ tablespoons peeled and roughly chopped fresh ginger
  • 1½ to 2 teaspoons red curry paste (I use Thai Kitchen brand)
    or your favorite hot seasoning, like Sriracha sauce
  • ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    (optional; or use more if you like the heat!)

Chickpea mixture:

  • 2 (14-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed (3¾ to 4 cups)
  • 2 cups zucchini that has been halved or quartered
    lengthwise (depending on thickness) and sliced about
    ¼ inch thick (see note)
  • ¾ cup green onion (mostly white bottom portion,
    but some green as well)
  • 2 dried or fresh kaffir lime leaves (optional)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped fresh Thai basil, basil,
    or cilantro, for garnish (optional)
  • A few lime wedges, for serving
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. First prepare the sauce: In a blender, or using a deep large cup and an immersion blender, combine the garlic, ½ teaspoon of the salt, lime juice, coconut milk, almond butter, tamari, ginger, and curry paste. Puree well. Pour the sauce into a baking dish (8 by 12-inch, or similar size) and stir in the red pepper flakes. Add the chickpeas, zucchini, green onions, and lime leaves (if using), and stir well.
  3. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Then remove the foil, stir, and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes uncovered. (Note that the sauce should thicken but can become too thick, so keep an eye on it, and remove once it begins to thicken, so it is does not become pasty.)Dreena Burton's Thai Chickpea-Almond curry
  4. Add a few pinches of salt to taste, if desired. Serve, topping the portions with fresh herbs, if desired, and with a lime wedge on the side.

Variations: Almond butter is my first choice in this recipe, but consider switching it up occasionally with natural peanut or cashew butter in place of the almond.

Feel free to substitute other veggies in part or in whole for the zucchini. I love zucchini, so it is a natural choice for me. Other veggies to consider are sliced red peppers (and these add a lovely color), chopped cauliflower, steamed potatoes, or snow peas.

Dreena Burton is the author of Eat, Drink, and Be Veganand other books. For more of Dreena’s recipes, visit her blog.

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  • Reply
    Connie Fletcher
    May 8, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I am waiting delivery of this book, and this recipe is one of the reasons………..yummmmmy……….

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    Jacklyn Miller
    October 15, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Loved this recipe. I have also bought the book, and it’s worth its weight in gold.

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    Jim Jimmers
    April 3, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    My wife bought me this book and this recipe was the first one I made – it turned out a heck of a lot better than I expected. It was relatively easy to make and so delicious. I will definitely be making this again but next time I will probably add a little more heat to it (more curry and/or red pepper flakes). Highly recommended.

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      April 4, 2014 at 10:59 am

      So glad you enjoyed this recipe by Dreena Burton, Jim. And it’s always good to tailor spices to one’s taste!

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    July 3, 2015 at 7:10 am

    I loved the easiness of this curry and how quick it came together, however, even though it was nice I felt it lacked something flavor-wise. Not sure what though. My family and I eat at our local Thai restaurant almost weekly so perhaps I’m comparing it to that. The flavor was not as bold as I’d hoped. Still, it was gobbled up and we did enjoy it.

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