Jamaican-Style Chickpea Curry Recipe

Delicious and flavorful Jamaican-Style Chickpea Curry, full of bold flavors like thyme, Scotch Bonnet pepper, and allspice berries in creamy coconut milk.

Jamaican-Style Chickpea Curry Recipe

On days that I’m busy, I love to make this delicious dish, since it usually takes me around 30 minutes to prepare.

Vegan Chickpea Curry (Jamaican-Style)

Vegan Chickpea Curry (Jamaican-Style) Ingredients

This Vegan Chickpea Curry Recipe is basically made Jamaican-Style using ingredients like thyme, allspice thyme, and Scotch bonnet pepper. I used the herbs and flavors that remind me of my childhood. Here are some Jamaican curry powder brands you can try out,

BETAPAC, Grace and Blue Mountain. Chief curry powder is an excellent brand from the island of Trinidad. Check out this Instant Pot Chickpea Curry.

Homemade Curry Powder Recipe

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom

Add the above ingredients in place of store-bought curry powder.

Here are more delicious recipes containing curry: Jamaican Spicy Curry PotatoesButternut Squash Coconut Curry and my Curry Quinoa with Broccoli.

Vegan Chickpea Curry (Jamaican-Style)

Jamaican History Of Curry

Curry dishes are an important part of Jamaican cuisine and culture. Indians brought their cuisine with them to Jamaica over 170 years ago.

It started when over 36, 000 indentured workers arrived in Jamaica between 1845 and 1911 to work on sugar plantations, after the abolition of slavery. Naturally, they brought their traditions with them including their cuisine.

Many of the dishes have been modified based on the local herbs, spices that were used. For instance, thyme is the herb of choice used more often than cilantro. Coconut milk is added instead of yogurt to add a creaminess.

Vegan Chickpea Curry (Jamaican-Style)

Vegan Chickpea Curry  Health Benefits

Chickpeas are healthy for you because they contain lots of protein, fiber, and manganese, along with antioxidants that help with weight loss and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. I like to use turmeric because of its health benefits also.

Studies have shown that turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, is a natural painkiller, slows the progression of cancer, aids in weight management, and has great healing properties. Cardamom, coriander, and cumin detoxify the body, and aids in digestion. Read more health benefits here.

Other Delicious Chickpea Recipes:

Vegan Chickpea Curry

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253 kcal / 1058 kJ
8 g
11 g
34 g
Per portion

Cooking Time

15 min
20 min
Ready in:
35 min
8 servings



  1. Heat oil in a large pot on medium. Add onions and cook until soft, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Stir in garlic, ginger, spring onion and cook for another minute.
  3. Add curry powder, paprika, and thyme. Cook stirring until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes, carrot, chickpeas and stir to coat.
  5. Add coconut milk, water, allspice berries. Bring to boil and reduce to simmer for 10-15 minutes or until desired thickness is reached (I like to use the back of a fork and mash some of the chickpeas)
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Delicious served with quinoa, rice or gluten-free flat bread


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Michelle Blackwood

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Jen
    August 26, 2019

    Oh wow this is yummy! I hadn’t used allspice berries before but love the flavor. Putting this in my rotation!

  2. Bianca Scully
    August 12, 2019

    Making this meal again for the 4th time!! Absolutely in love and so is the fam! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe Michelle! 😋😋😋

    • Michelle Blackwood
      August 12, 2019

      That’s awesome Bianca, I’m so happy you and your family enjoyed it. Thank you for leaving your feedback.

  3. Georgina Hamilton
    August 12, 2019

    I first tried a Jamaican style chickpea curry at a vegan Carribbean resteraunt tucked away in a corner of of Brixton Market in London, called Eats Of Eden… It was truly one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten! So naturally I’ve been on the hunt for an at-home recipe ever since… Thank you! Now if I only had a supermarket nearby that sold plantain. They served it with fried plantain and black rice… Nommmmm!

  4. Karen
    March 20, 2019

    Making now and smells delicious. When do you add the cayenne? Is it just a dusting on top before serving?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      March 20, 2019

      Add to taste at the end, starting with a small amount then taste and adjust. Hope you enjoy!

  5. Dionne
    January 28, 2019

    Tried and loved it so much I make it almost every other week now and I am not a vegetarian . If I could find more dishes like this I could seriously consider going vegan

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 28, 2019

      Dionne that’s wonderful to hear, I’m so happy you enjoy it. Please try more of my recipes. Thank you for your feedback!

  6. Coreen
    November 28, 2018

    My current lunch…I’m sure it will be awesome as always.

  7. Coreen Stephens
    November 18, 2018

    This was amazing!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      November 18, 2018

      Thank you Coreen,I”m so happy you enjoyed it.

  8. Ketah Doty
    March 4, 2018

    Can I use Allspice powder in exchange for the berries? If so, how much do you suggest?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      March 4, 2018

      1/4 teaspoon allspice is fine Ketah, hope you enjoy!

  9. Andrea
    January 22, 2018

    A great warm dinner idea in this cold!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 22, 2018

      Thank you Andrea!

  10. Candace
    November 13, 2017

    Thanks again for the great recipes. Most of them cal for coconut milk but there are many varieties. Can you be more specific? Sweetened or unsweetened? Canned or carton? I’m working with the calories you hav posted but know mine will be off if I’m not using the correct ingredients.
    Many thanks!