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Easy Chickpea and Potato Curry (Chana Aloo)

Spicy and saucy chana aloo curry with chickpeas and potatoes that cooks under 20 minutes. Perfect vegetarian meal served with rice and flatbread.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: potato chickpea curry
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 291kcal
Author: Anna


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion chopped
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons yellow curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 medium yellow potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1 15 oz. can chickpeas aka garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce optional


  • In a large saucepan, heat up olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onion and minced garlic. Saute, stirring often, until the onion is almost translucent.
  • Add curry powder, cumin, turmeric, cayenne, paprika, salt and pepper to the pan. Stir well and cook for 1 minute. The spices should be very fragrant.
  • Add diced potatoes and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring often.
  • Add chickpeas, vegetable stock and tomato sauce to the pan. Stir well.
  • Bring the mixture to boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the potatoes are cooked, about 7 to 9 minutes.
  • Serve curry with rice and flatbread.


Turmeric can be omitted in this recipe but I highly recommend adding it, if you have it on hand. It turns the curry rich yellow orange hue and adds slightly citrus flavor to the sauce.
The tomato sauce is optional. It helps thicken the sauce and add richer flavor.
The calorie count does not include rice or flatbread.


Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1258mg | Potassium: 945mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 605IU | Vitamin C: 21.7mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 7.3mg