Looking for vegan chickpea recipes?
Judging by the state of the supermarket shelves, I know you're all sitting on piles of chickpeas right now! So here’s a list of 23 Vegan Chickpea Recipes, including curries, sandwiches, stews, snacks, rice dishes and even a dessert! These recipes are all gluten-free and refined sugar free and are made using simple plant-based ingredients!
Chickpeas are a nutritious, delicious and versatile protein source for vegans and vegetarians. They work well for curries, stews and sandwiches, but are also great for adding to pasta or rice dishes, blitzing into hummus or even using for desserts!
Should you use canned/tinned chickpeas or dried chickpeas?
You can use either for these recipes. Canned/tinned chickpeas tend to be easier to use as they're already cooked. Dried chickpeas need to be soaked and cooked first, so do require planning ahead.
Some shops sell chickpeas in jars. In the UK we only see jarred chickpeas in high-end or specialist food shops or European food shops, but in some countries you can get them in the supermarket too. Jarred chickpeas tend to be the best quality as they're big and super soft.
Tips for cooking with canned/tinned chickpeas
- Make sure to drain them well and rinse off any residual liquid before adding to a recipe.
- You can keep the leftover liquid that the chickpeas come in. This liquid is called aquafaba and it can be used as a vegan egg white replacement, to be used for recipes such as meringues, mousses and macarons.
Advantages of cooking dried chickpeas from scratch
- Dried chickpeas take up less space in the pantry than canned ones.
- You can control the texture - so if you want to blend up the chickpeas to use in a hummus, soup, burger or dessert recipe you can cook them until they're super soft, or you can keep them firmer if you want to use them in a curry or rice dish.
- They can be cooked in bulk and stored in the freezer.
How to soak dried chickpeas
- Rinse dried chickpeas.
- Place chickpeas in a bowl and cover with plenty of water (because the chickpeas will soak up a lot of this water and expand during this process).
- Soak for around 8 hours or overnight.
Tip: I like to add ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) when soaking as this makes them softer.
How to cook dried chickpeas on the stovetop
Cooking dried chickpeas from scratch isn't as hard or as time consuming as you might think!
- Drain away the soaking liquid, rinse again and place in a large pot.
- Cover with plenty of water and bring to the boil.
- Turn down the heat and leave to simmer for 1 and a half to 2 hours, until chickpeas reach the desired texture.
- Drain away the cooking liquid once cooked.
Can you cook dried chickpeas in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker?
Yes! It's much quicker.
- Drain away the soaking liquid, rinse again and place in the Instant Pot/pressure cooker.
- Cover with plenty of water again and cook on high pressure for around 15 minutes - but it's best to check the user manual of your specific appliance first as it can really vary between brands etc!
- Drain away the cooking liquid once cooked.
How to store cooked chickpeas
- Covered in the fridge for up to a few days.
- In a Tupperware in the freezer for up to a few months.
A sweet, creamy, mild curry with chickpeas and cauliflower!
This Spanish Chickpea Stew is super easy to make, healthy yet satisfying.
This Chickpea Coconut Mango Curry is fresh and fruity, hearty and satisfying and filled with juicy mango, nutty chickpeas and creamy cashews!
This Chickpea Mayonnaise Salad Sandwich is hearty, super creamy and surprisingly healthy!
- Vegan Mediterranean Chickpea Tuna Pittas
- Chickpea Mayo Coconut Bacon Lettuce Wraps
- Vegan Egg Mayonnaise Salad
Subtly spiced, creamy, fragrant chickpeas make the best sandwich filling!
This Eggplant Chickpea Peanut Curry is super nutritious, rich and creamy and perfectly spiced!
This Lazy Falafel is super easy to make, will take up less than 30 minutes of your time, and tastes every bit as delicious as the traditional version!
These Vegan Tuna Mayonnaise Onigiri are easy to make and make a fun lunch!
This Chickpea Tikka Masala is rich and creamy, perfectly tangy and full of flavour. It's much healthier than the traditional version!
This Curried Chickpea Burger is super flavourful, hearty and filling, and really nutritious!
A beautifully nutty curry with creamy chickpeas and tender sweet potatoes.
This Chickpea Eggplant Tagine is the perfect warming, filling and comforting yet healthy meal.
This Pumpkin Hummus is full of flavour, sweet and fragrant, and great to make if you've got some cans of pumpkin purée!
A simple, curry-flavoured rice dish with chickpeas and vegetables.
This Spanish Risotto is so easy to make, super colourful and paired with the most flavourful crispy chickpeas!
This Chickpea Pumpkin Biryani is easy to make, super nutritious and full of flavour. It's also healthy and very colourful!
This Deep-Dish Cookie tastes so delicious that you won’t even realise it’s made from chickpeas!
If you make any of these vegan chickpea recipes, I’d really love to see what you come up with! You can show me by tagging a photo @rhiansrecipes #rhiansrecipes on Instagram! Thank you.