Chickpea Curry Bowls with Carrots and Cilantro Sauce

Serve these chckpea curry bowls with carrots and cilantro sauce with any kind of rice that you want, but coconut milk-infused basmati rice is particularly tasty! #chickpeas #indiancurry #ricebowl #carrots #cilantro

these chickpea curry bowls with carrots and cilantro sauce are hearty and warming, perfect for prepping on the weekend so you can have fall-worthy dinners throughout the week.

Sweet and tender carrots help cool down the spicy legumes in these chickpea curry bowls with carrots and cilantro sauce. #chickpeas #indiancurry #ricebowl #carrots #cilantro

how’s your weekend? i’m busy sleeping and being a hermit, since i celebrated 2 months with my current company by going to a conference. the kind where you:

  • get up at 7am and go to bed at 2am
  • talk to people non-stop the whole time you’re awake
  • pull a meeting out of your butt with 30 minutes of notice
  • aforementioned meeting ends up being taken by a (surprisingly normal) guy who’s been on a reality dating show 3 times
  • go to another meeting inside a tent propped up on the hotel front lawn and get offered cold brew
  • receive warm soft pretzels with dijon and chocolate dipped chocolate chip cookies for snack at 2pm
  • have too many drinks because they’re free and exciting and when else is there free beach happy hour?

work travel is by far not the healthiest (see above), so the healthy (or at least healthier, more vegetable heavy) times start now. chickpea curry bowls with carrots and cilantro sauce, here i come. they have chana masala vibes from the chickpeas and all the spicy curry, with the herby, nutty, tangy cashew and cilantro sauce coming in to help mellow out the curry. other nice touches: the charred carrots and toasted coconut! i’d recommend serving this with coconut rice (cook your rice with half coconut milk and half water), but anything goes.

1 year ago: sparkling lemon cherry soda | rooster and rice (and 12 other restaurants i went to in sf)
2 years ago: sunset ombre popsicles | creamy corn and oyster mushroom zucchini pasta
3 years ago: holy shit toast | mediterranean quinoa salad
4 years ago: chocolate chip cupcakes with chocolate chip cookie dough frosting | peanut butter chocolate chip waffles
5 years ago: choco-latte chip cookies | aunty pin’s banana bread

These chickpea curry bowls with carrots and cilantro sauce are a bit spicy, so the creamy herby drizzle and toasted coconut help cool your mouth down. #chickpeas #indiancurry #ricebowl #carrots #cilantro

5 from 6 votes
Serve these chckpea curry bowls with carrots and cilantro sauce with any kind of rice that you want, but coconut milk-infused basmati rice is particularly tasty! #chickpeas #indiancurry #ricebowl #carrots #cilantro
Chickpea Curry Bowls with Carrots and Cilantro Sauce
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins
Spiced, curried chickpeas form the base of these chickpea curry bowls with carrots and cilantro sauce, but the vegetables and herby sauce help bring it all together.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: carrots, cashews, chickpeas, cilantro, coconut, curry, dairy-free, dinner, egg-free, garam masala, herbs, indian, nuts, rice, thai curry paste, vegetarian
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 443 kcal
Cilantro Cashew Sauce
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro or parsley
  • 3/4 cup roasted cashews
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1-2 tsp honey or maple syrup
Roasted Carrots
  • 8-10 carrots peeled and chopped into chunks
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
Rice and Chickpea Curry
  • 1 cup basmati rice cooked
  • 1 onion  chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 T Thai curry paste
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 15 oz canned chickpeas rinsed
  • 14 oz tomato puree
Cilantro Cashew Sauce
  1. Puree everything with 1/3 cup water until smooth. Season to taste, and adjust the consistency with water and/or oil as you want.
Roasted Carrots
  1. Toss everything with 1 T oil. Roast at 450F for 20-30 minutes, until brown.
Rice and Chickpea Curry
  1. Heat some oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic; saute for 3-5 minutes. Add the curry paste and spices; saute for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the chickpeas and tomato sauce. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the sauce thickens slightly and the chickpeas are warmed through.
  3. Add the rice; stir to combine. Season with salt.
  1. Serve with the carrots, avocado, cilantro and cilantro cashew dressing.
Recipe Notes

From Pinch of Yum.

You can use a mix of nuts and seeds instead of only cashews in the sauce.

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28 Replies to “Chickpea Curry Bowls with Carrots and Cilantro Sauce”

  1. Your work conference sounds LOOOOOONG!!! But hopefully fun?? Ooooh love this recipe. Anything with chickpeas….yes please!!!!

    1. long but fun! on the last morning i thought i was going to fall asleep standing up though (;

  2. Heather, I love this recipe, it sounds perfect. anything with chickpeas and garam masala and I’m all in. I totally relate with your work trip – I attended many many of those meetings and conventions where I was so excited to go but could not wait to get back home and get some sleep. Good luck!5 stars

    1. all the indian curry, right?! so cozy (: and exciting (with a dash of sleeplessness) is exactly right to describe conferences!

  3. A perfect meal to balance out not so healthy travel eats!

    1. exactly! my body was craving vegetables by the end of the trip hahah.

  4. Sounds so amazing for cozy and healthy! I’m always looking for ways to eat chickpeas in recipes, sounds like a winner! Pinning & thanks Heather! 🙂5 stars

    1. normally i just throw chickpeas in wherever- they’re such an easy way to add some protein and they’re pretty mild tasting (:

  5. work travel always comes with this big expectation of travel + fun, but its always soo exhausting too!!
    This chickpea curry bowls look delish!! I love all of the different layers (cilantro sauce, carrots, chickpeas!!!) Need to try this soon!

    1. “layered” food is my favorite- i love sauces (:

  6. Such a flavorful, healthy Bowl!!! I could eat all this day and the best part is that it will make great lunch box:)5 stars

    1. thanks, maria! this would make a tasty lunch box- especially if you packed it in a hot thermos container (:

  7. I’m raising my hand over here because I WANT A BOWL!!!5 stars

    1. hahah thanks gigi!

  8. That’s a kind of meeting I would gladly sign up for!! This curry bowl is perfect recovery food. I love cilantro, so it’s extra cilantro sauce for me!

    1. i’ll be sure to save a bowl of cilantro sauce for you (;

  9. I was just looking for a recipe like this. Voila! That work trip sounds exhausting…I think I’ll stick with staying at home with my kids, haha!

    1. perfect! and there’s pros and cons to both- though i’m sure it’s hard to get much sleep doing either (;

  10. Looks so good! And it’s super healthy too … to balance out all the junk food I eat. Hahah!
    xoxo Ros (

    1. yes a balance of junk food and vegetables is perfect (:

  11. The chickpea curry bowl looks delicious! Love that it’s full of flavors. Major congrats on reaching 2 months with the company. Oh man, I know those conference vibes. Looks like you’re having fun with those free alch! When you’re on constant work travel, the free food gets to you! (Kind of how that freshman 15 works- but with new hires, hehe).

    Nancy ♥

    1. oof yeah i can imagine how new hire 15 could be a thing! work travel + a stocked kitchen (healthy snacks, but there’s still candy and chips) can be too tempting.

  12. I would not cope with so little sleep!

    1. i don’t get as long of a full nights sleep as i probably should, but i get in a few naps during the day which i don’t mind (;

  13. Well, the cookies at 2PM don’t sound bad! But this sounds better. What a great healthy dish! Maybe Manservant will eat this AFTER I give him a cookie! I, of course, will eat it anytime!5 stars

    1. haha or a cookie after they eat this as a reward (;

  14. Amazing….It’s looks sooo good & more delicious, beautiful colored as well, am also read your post but it’s my one of favorite recipe till now. I will trying to making this from your recipe…Thanks for sharing…….!5 stars

    1. thanks madison! i love how colorful these bowls are too (:

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