Chickpea Curry with Tart Cherries

This chickpea curry is hiding a secret: it’s full of anti-inflammatory foods! It’s a delicious healthy dinner recipe with tart cherry health benefits.

Vegan Chickpea Curry with Tart Cherries | A Couple Cooks

This vegan chickpea curry was created in partnership with Cherry Marketing Institute. All opinions are our own.

An incredible thing about food is it can be used as medicine. That is, some illnesses can be reversed just by changing the way you eat. Alex and I know people who have treated the symptoms of endometriosis by eating a plant-based diet, and others who have reversed the onset of Type 2 diabetes. In fact, there’s a whole practice called food as medicine. Hospitals are even starting to prescribe foods in pharmacies (how cool is that?). Alex and I are fascinated by food as medicine. While we’re not doctors, as recipe developers we get to take the foods prescribed by physicians and turn them into recipes. And having a theme for a recipe gets our creative juices flowing even more! Like for this vegan chickpea curry with tart cherries — keep reading for the recipe!

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Tart cherry health benefits

This chickpea curry looks innocent enough, but it’s actually hiding a secret theme: it’s full of anti-inflammatory foods. Chronic inflammation can lead to diseases like arthritis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and even cancer. The encouraging thing is, there are lots of foods that can help to offset inflammation. We created this chickpea curry to be an anti-inflammatory powerhouse, at the same time being packed with flavor. Instead of takeout or a processed dinner, try this curry instead! The recipe contains the following anti-inflammatory foods:

  • Montmorency tart cherries, scientifically shown to reduce inflammation
  • Colorful fruits and vegetables like tomatoes and kale
  • Anti-inflammatory herbs and spices including turmeric and ginger, which increase the antioxidant capacity of fruits and vegetables
  • Alliums like onions and crucifers like kale
  • Vegetable protein from Garbanzo beans
  • Whole grains like brown rice
  • Extra-virgin olive oil as the main cooking oil

More with tart cherries: Farro Salad with Feta & Cherries

Vegan Chickpea Curry with Tart Cherries | A Couple Cooks

How to make this vegan chickpea curry recipe

This vegan chickpea curry recipe is a delicious vegan dinner recipe that’s very simple to make. The only ingredient prep is chopping onion and garlic, and roughly chopping dried tart cherries. After that, the cooking is a breeze: simply saute the onion and garlic, add the spices, tomatoes and coconut milk, and then add the vegetables and cherries and simmer. (If you need a sub for coconut milk, head to our substitutes for coconut milk in curry.)

While you’re making this vegan chickpea curry, cook the brown rice alongside. Cooking the rice in a rice cooker or Instant Pot can be helpful to “set and forget” while you’re making the curry recipe.

Related: Tomato Coconut Cauliflower Curry

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Chickpea Curry with Tart Cherries


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Description

This chickpea curry is hiding a secret: it’s full of anti-inflammatory foods! It’s a delicious healthy dinner recipe with tart cherry health benefits.


Ingredients

See the Chickpea Curry recipe on ChooseCherries.com.


Instructions

See the Chickpea Curry recipe on ChooseCherries.com.


  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Keywords: Curry, Vegetable Curry, Anti-Inflammatory, Vegan, Curry Recipes, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Cherries

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

4 Comments

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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    September 13, 2017 at 3:07 am

    Curry is one of my favorite dishes both because it’s delicious (obvi) and because of its health benefits as you mentioned. I’ve added raisins before but have never thought to add dried cherries. Such a great idea! Love the simplicity of your recipe as well.

  • Reply
    MEAl5
    September 14, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Great recipes, it seem healthy!

  • Reply
    Yumvilla
    October 27, 2017 at 5:27 am

    These look amazing. Can’t wait to try them – thanks!

  • Reply
    Judy
    January 20, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Just made this curry and it was delish. Thank you!

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