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One Pot Coconut Chickpea Dinner

This quick and healthy One Pot Coconut Chickpea Dinner can be on your table in less than one hour!  Serve over rice and with fresh cilantro.

This was a hard recipe to name…it’s just like a Chana Masala, except there is no garam masala spice in it so I can’t actually call it Chana Masala.  But I don’t really know what to call it.

So I called it One Pot Coconut Chickpea Dinner, but really it’s just best if I describe it…this dish is chickpeas, cauliflower and sweet potato simmered in an onion/garlic/ginger/spice/tomato/coconut milk sauce, served over rice.  And it’s DELICIOUS.

One Pot Coconut Chickpea Dinner

Made with simple staple ingredients

This dish came about one night last week when I was on day 4 of my husband being out of town, we were in the middle of a blizzard (an actual blizzard), and we were low on groceries.  I had a few staples around…some canned chickpeas, tomatoes, onions, ginger and sweet potatoes, then I discovered a can of coconut milk and I knew I could make something healthy, hearty and delicious!  One Pot Coconut Chickpea Dinner was born.

One Pot Coconut Chickpea Dinner

Make it Meatless Monday!

This vegetarian dish is going to be added to my regular dinner schedule.  I really enjoy meatless dinners, and try to serve them at least once a week.  Some of our favourites are my Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta, or Roasted Tomato Pasta Dinner, or Winter Vegetable Soup, and now this One Pot Coconut Chickpea Dinner!  I love a dish loaded with healthy beans and vegetables.

One Pot Coconut Chickpea Dinner

Ready in less than 1 hour!

I especially love a dish that is made with simple ingredients, and takes less than an hour to get to the table.  For this One Pot Coconut Chickpea Dinner all that is required is about 10-15 minutes of easy prep, then you throw everything into one pot and let it simmer away for about 40 minutes.  While it’s simmering and making your house smell amazing, you can start the rice.  So simple and tasty.  And my kids liked it!  My pickiest eater even loved it, which is truly amazing because he never likes anything.  So I was super happy he devoured his dish.

One Pot Coconut Chickpea Dinner

So if you’re looking for a healthy and quick vegetarian dinner, this One Pot Coconut Chickpea Dinner is it!  Gather your family around the table and enjoy it together.

One Pot Coconut Chickpea Dinner


One Pot Coconut Chickpea Dinner

This quick and healthy One Pot Coconut Chickpea Dinner can be on your table in less than one hour! Serve over rice and with fresh cilantro.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course


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  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups peeled and cubed sweet potato
  • 1 cup chopped cauliflower (small chop)
  • 1 (19 ounce) can chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 (400 mL) can coconut milk


  1. In a skillet, warm up the olive oil in low-medium heat, then add the chopped tomatoes, onion and ginger. Cook until soft.
  2. Then add the cumin, chili pepper, salt and fresh ground pepper. Cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add the coconut milk, yam, cauliflower and chick peas.  Mix well.
  4. Simmer over low heat for 40-45 minutes, until the yam is soft and the mixture has thickened (it shouldn’t be too runny)
  5. Serve over rice and garnish with fresh cilantro.

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  1. This sounded great so I gave it a try. Definitely delivered on flavor and was pretty easy to make. Tried it over rice as suggested and it all came together wonderfully. Warms you up on the colder days! My family liked this enough to ask for it to be made again, so I’m doubling the recipe!

  2. Loved how easy it is to make! I added a little garam Masada just because it’s such a natural pairing….amazing! It’s a new go to for me as I ease into a meatless lifestyle!