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  • Makes 3 cups curry

Dig into this warming bowl of curry on a cold night. Fresh veggies and hearty chickpeas are baked in a velvety almond butter sauce that turns up the heat with Thai spices. Served over brown rice and topped with fresh basil and lime juice, this easy recipe will quickly become an all-time favorite in your household. 

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Thai Chickpea-Almond Curry in a white bowl surrounded by fresh limes wedges, basil, and ginger root


  • ½ cup brown rice, rinsed and drained (1½ cup cooked)
  • 1 (15-oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • ½ 14-oz. can light coconut milk (¾ cup)
  • 1½ tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1½ tablespoons almond butter
  • 2¼ teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • ¾ teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce (or tamari or liquid aminos)
  • 1 teaspoon red curry paste
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1½ tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 lime cut into wedges


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. In a saucepan over high heat, bring rice and 1 cup water to boiling. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool; fluff rice with a fork.
  2. Meanwhile, in a high-powered blender (or a food processor), combine coconut milk, lime juice, almond butter, ginger, soy sauce, curry paste, garlic, and salt (alternatively, use an immersion blender and a deep cup). Purée until smooth.
  3. Pour almond curry into a baking dish and stir in pepper flakes (if using). Add chickpeas, zucchini, bell peppers, and scallions, and stir well. Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil, stir, and bake, uncovered, for 5 to 8 minutes more. (Remove once it starts to thicken—you don’t want it to become pasty.)
  4. Season curry with a few pinches of salt to taste, if desired. Serve curry over rice, topped with basil, if desired, alongside lime wedges.

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Lydia2 months ago
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Just delicious – PERFECT comfort food on a chilly night. My fiancé and I loved it and will be adding it to our regular rotation! I went ahead and doubled the recipe to have sufficient leftovers (since he often goes for seconds!)

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Dreena Burton

Dreena Burton has written six cookbooks charting her journey as a plant-powered cook and at-home mother of three. Always passionate about creating nutritious recipes, she is an advocate of using the “vegan basics” (beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables) to create dishes that are healthy but also very satisfying and delicious! For more on her plant-powered recipes and newest cookbook, Dreena’s Kind Kitchen: 100+ Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes to Enjoy Every Day, visit

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