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Mushroom & Chickpea Coconut Curry

25 min


Vibrant foods are the best. Bright veggies are nutritionally packed, and visually appealing foods just cry out to be eaten. This is a super quick curry to whip together, making it a great option for busy nights. For this recipe, the key to making it speedy for us was to prep and chop ingredients while other ingredients were on the stove cooking.



25 min


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  • 1 cup (160 g)
    uncooked red rice
  • 2 tsp (10 mL)
    vegetable oil
  • 1
    medium onion, chopped
  • 3
    cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp (6 g)
    freshly grated ginger
  • 2 cups (328 g)
    cooked chickpeas
  • 6.2 oz (175 g)
    button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp (6 g)
    curry powder
  • ½ tsp
    paprika powder
  • 1⅔ cups (399 mL)
    canned full-fat coconut milk
  • 1
    bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 pinch
  • 1 pinch
    ground black pepper
  • 4 cups (120 g)
    fresh spinach
  • 15
    cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½
    lemon, cut into wedges


  1. Cook the rice according to the package instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, add the oil, onion, garlic, and ginger to a large pot on high heat and sauté for 3 minutes. Add splashes of water as needed to deglaze the pot.
  3. Add the chickpeas and mushrooms to the pot and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the curry and paprika powder and sauté for one minute longer.
  5. Add the coconut milk, bell pepper, salt, and pepper and cook for another 5 minutes.
  6. Add the spinach and tomatoes at the end, and stir. When the spinach has wilted, remove from heat.
  7. Serve the curry with the rice, squeeze over some lemon, and enjoy!


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Grains & Starches 18%

uncooked red rice

Proteins 14%

cooked chickpeas

Fruits & Veggies 68%

medium onion

clove garlic

freshly grated ginger

button mushrooms

bell pepper

fresh spinach

cherry tomato


No significant sources of calcium

vegetable oil

canned full-fat coconut milk

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Margarita - April 23, 2024, 12:40 p.m.

Delicious Sadya!! It’s the second time I am making this dish, now I have used black eyed peas and it turned out yummy!!Thank you for your ideas!!

Nikolina Vrhovski - April 4, 2024, 2 p.m.

Wonderul and delicious ❤ just prepared it

Candi H - Feb. 3, 2024, 12:45 p.m.

This is a classic favorite! I've been making this for a few years now. My daughter loves it too now. I have to make a double batch!

PUL Team - Feb. 4, 2024, 3:08 a.m.

We're so glad it's being enjoyed, Candi, thank you! 😊

Connor - Jan. 29, 2024, 6:34 p.m.

I was so excited to make this, and was quite disappointed with the unaltered results! I felt that it was lacking a good bit of flavor, so added rice vinegar, coconut aminos and some sriracha to spice it up. Other than the lack of spice/saltiness, I really enjoy all the ingredients together. Glad I know for next time!

Claudia Palacios - Jan. 24, 2024, 3:29 a.m.

This is the once recipe in the app I keep coming back to. I’ve done it for friends and its always a success. They always ask for the recipe and I’m happy to share it!

PUL Team - Jan. 24, 2024, 10:12 p.m.

We're so thrilled that you're enjoying the Mushroom and Chickpea curry, Claudia, thank you 😃

Paola Ramirez - Jan. 17, 2024, 2:48 a.m.

Easy to make and very delicious! My family enjoyed it so much they all went for seconds!

Kiera O'Sullivan - Jan. 16, 2024, 1:28 p.m.

I added some chilli flakes and tumeric and had to sub one or two ingredients for something similar but will definitely be making this again. It's really tasty and easy to make.

PUL Team - Jan. 16, 2024, 11:10 p.m.

So glad that the curry was enjoyed, Kiera 😊

erica bulow - Jan. 16, 2024, 1:16 a.m.

Great and comes together quickly. Made with regular minute rice for speed.

Irene López Martín - Jan. 14, 2024, 12:46 a.m.

I've been cooking this curry for years and I never get tired of it. The cherry tomatoes give a juicy and acid point that I love.

PUL Team - Jan. 14, 2024, 5:12 a.m.

So glad it's being enjoyed, Irene!

Aliza - Jan. 2, 2024, 7:01 p.m.

Tasty! 4 portion recipe turned out enough for 6 :)

Natália Alves - Dec. 17, 2023, 8:15 p.m.

For me this curry was ok but bit all over the place. There are so many different ingredients that the dish ends up with no focus. Removing the bell pepper and tomato would work better in my opinion. Also it is very bland with the only spice being curry powder. Adding cumin, coriander, and chill upped it a lot for me!

Rob - Dec. 16, 2023, 10:20 p.m.

Delicious! Absolutely packed so full of veggies that I felt virtuous eating it hehehe! Super easy to make and really filling too. I couldn't find any red rice, so I'll have to look out so I can try that type. This was perfect after a long day though!

Adrienn - Dec. 13, 2023, 1:43 p.m.

So easy,still delicious. Using lemon really makes the difference and became more flavourfull after a day of rest. Unfortunately I had no spinach, so I uses broccoli, but next time I will definietly try with spinach.

PUL Team - Dec. 15, 2023, 1:39 a.m.

Broccoli is a lovely idea, Adrienn! Hope you enjoy the curry with spinach as well 🤗

alice - July 29, 2023, 7:32 p.m.

This was d e l i s h o u s ! Just - i made it THAI curry instead - so instead of curry and paprika powders i've added 1 tbsp of green curry paste for 2 portions and 1 tbsp of coconut sugar and 1 tbsp of soy sauce, as you make curry generally. Used green beans for spinach and no salt and pepper - cause curry paste and soy sauce. so just wanted to share how versatile that might be ! Also didn't need rice imo- chickpea was filling enough.
Wouldn't think of lemon, but that is a great add-on.
Also - do you think i could so anything with the water the cooked chickpeas *from frozen) cooked for 5 mins ? Like your chocolate mousse I've been wanting to try / Or isn't there enough 'substance' from cooking from frozen? Love, thanks .
Also i'd love for you to post your workout routine for inspiration !!

PUL Team - July 31, 2023, 5:37 p.m.

Ooo Thai curry sounds like a lovely twist, Alice! Adding lemon as a garnish is a great idea to enhance the flavour as well. As for the water from cooking chickpeas, we imagine you could use it for recipes that call for aquafaba, such as the chocolate mousse recipe. Perhaps one day we'll share more exercise content too. Happy cooking 🤗

Marcia - July 11, 2023, 12:38 p.m.

I made this, so delicious and easy.

stefasia - June 28, 2023, 4:07 p.m.

Top recipe ! Just didn’t add the coconut milk as I wanted it light but it is delicious and I am going to do it again with it for sure

PUL Team - June 29, 2023, 2:45 a.m.

Woop woop! Thank you, Stefasia 😊

Marianne Lafrance - June 28, 2023, 12:19 a.m.

I've been making this many years now! So easy, healthy, colourful and tasty!! I sometimes freeze individual portions as well and the taste is good for whoever needs to know :)

PUL Team - June 28, 2023, 9:05 a.m.

So thrilled to hear, Marianne, thank you! 🤗

Anna - April 19, 2023, 10 a.m.

This is the first recipe I try from PUL and all I have to say is that it is an amazing recipe!
The ingredients are easy to find in any supermarket and the steps to follow are very clear and simple.
The result is DELICIOUS with minimum effort. I will definitely do it again!

PUL Team - April 19, 2023, 4:36 p.m.

Woohoo! It means so much, Anna, thank you 💛

Rachel - April 10, 2023, 10:06 a.m.

Love this curry! one of the first PUL recipes I cooked and still a favourite :D

Alice - April 7, 2023, 11:03 a.m.

So delicious! Thank you for this amazing recipe. I love your recipes and your videos. Greetings from Réunion Island

PUL Team - April 7, 2023, 11:03 p.m.

Thank you, Alice - hugs to Réunion Island 🤗

Mariam - March 16, 2023, 12:51 a.m.

Had 2 bowls of this with white rice after making it for dinner! It is delicious and I love all the colours🌈
Perfect weeknight meal 🥘

PUL Team - March 16, 2023, 4:29 p.m.

So happy to hear, Mariam, thank you!

KimM - March 13, 2023, 1:41 a.m.

Delicious! This will be in our rotation now.

Helen W - Feb. 10, 2023, 4:03 p.m.

This is a real staple in our house. We use this as a base and add roasted cauliflower made as per the roasted cauliflower lentil curry (we prefer the coconut milk base to the tomato base)

PUL Team - Feb. 11, 2023, 2:10 a.m.

Mmm the fusion roasted cauliflower lentil curry sounds delicious. Thank, Helen!

Silvia Natal - Jan. 31, 2023, 12:52 a.m.

It was very good. I had to use reg. Tomato’s , frozen spinach ( I recommend to squeeze water out) . I love your easy cooking. I did not gave it 5 star because I had some better tasty other Rezepte from your curry line . Still will cook it again !

PUL Team - Feb. 1, 2023, 5:19 p.m.

Thanks for taking to the time to share your experience with it, Silvia 🙂

Veronika - Jan. 15, 2023, 8:23 p.m.

Any tip on what to use instead of coconut milk please? Apparently it's yet too strong of a taste for me as I am only transitioning to plant based. Thanks!

PUL Team - Jan. 16, 2023, 12:19 a.m.

Hey Veronika, light coconut milk is more watered down so it's one alternative that offers a more subtle coconut flavour. We haven't tested these out, but possible substitutes could be soy creamer, oat milk, or cashew cream (soaked cashews pulverized), or plant-based greek yogurt. In case you haven't already seen and are interested, we also have a few curry inspired recipes that don't use coconut here:… 🙂

Clare - Nov. 17, 2022, 5:24 p.m.

Just made this one for the first time. It's absolutely amazing. I added cumin seeds at the start (cooked them so they popped), that's the only adjustment I made. Gorgeous and comforting food. Thank you all. Love from sunny Essex UK

PUL Team - Nov. 19, 2022, 6:24 p.m.

So happy to hear, Clare, and sounds lovely! Sending hugs to Essex 🤗

Shamina - Sept. 27, 2022, 8:46 p.m.

Hi Saadia,

Love all you recipes and especially the curries. Even my one year old loves them (I cook with no salt or chili for her)!
I was just wondering whether it is possible to sub fresh spinach with frozen ones because the frozen ones are washed, organic, cheap and always available and here in France, I can never find fresh washed organic spinach. Big thanks to you for all the delicious and healthy content.

PUL Team - Sept. 28, 2022, 8:35 p.m.

Hey Shamina, yes, frozen spinach is a lovely substitute. Frozen chopped varieties may be easier than the condensed blocks If possible 🙂

Helen - Feb. 10, 2023, 4:06 p.m.

I pretty much always make this with frozen leaf spinach blocks. I just give them a few minutes in the microwave first and squeeze out the excess water.

Ivy - Sept. 20, 2022, 1:55 a.m.

Literally amazing.

I didn't serve it with rice or bread just on its own. My whole family loved it which is amazing.
I'll definitely make this again!

PUL Team - Sept. 20, 2022, 2:27 a.m.

Si glad it was enjoyed, Ivy, it means so much!

Diana - Sept. 17, 2022, 7:09 p.m.

I’m not vegan but I love your recipes they’re so delicious and a good alternative to switch meals up a little bit. Your videos are also absolutely inspirational and beautifully made, so calming and well explained. You and Robin.. also adorable. Thanks Sadia and greetings from Colombia.

PUL Team - Sept. 17, 2022, 11:20 p.m.

Thank you for the kind words, Diana, it means so much! Hugs to Colombia 🤗

Shelby - July 20, 2022, 11:04 p.m.

I first made this over a year ago and it is now one of our go to meals. We LOVE it. It is incredibly easy to throw together, absolutely tasty, and a great way to use up veggies from the garden. My toddler and veggie-hating husband gobble it up.

PUL Team - July 21, 2022, 6:19 a.m.

Such a massive compliment, Shelby, we're so thrilled the recipe is being enjoyed!

Sen - July 5, 2022, 4:30 a.m.

I added pandan (screwpine) to the recipe for some aromatics, it worked wonders.

PUL Team - July 5, 2022, 10:35 p.m.

Ooo thanks for the idea, Sen, thank you!

Ruth - June 24, 2022, 9:43 a.m.

Great recipe, a favourite. A friend recently asked me to bring my " tofu dish" to dinner, that she'd had previously..well I wracked my brain...she meant this great curry!
Making it with tofu today, thanks to her mistake.

PUL Team - June 25, 2022, 5:44 p.m.

Mmm love the idea to use tofu! So nice of you to make it for your friend as well, Ruth 🙂

Ivana - April 20, 2022, 10:02 p.m.

Soo tasty!!! :) I like that it is easy, quick, healthy and with amazing, creamy taste. These are the ingredients I almost always have at home so will be making it quite often.

PUL Team - April 21, 2022, 3:58 a.m.

Oh so lovely to hear, Ivana, thank you!

diana - March 27, 2022, 9:32 p.m.

Recipe turned out good even though i didn't have peppers and mushrooms, its usually hard for my parents to enjoy vegan meals but they liked this one!
thanks for the lovely recipes

PUL Team - March 27, 2022, 10:02 p.m.

Aw we're so happy the curry was enjoyed, Diana, it means so much 😃

Amy - Jan. 31, 2022, 12:51 a.m.

Hey PUL -
I've been enjoying your recipes, but always get confused when you say "curry powder" because there are so many types of curries... What kind are you using here? I was going to guess channa masala, but hoping you could confirm?

PUL Team - Jan. 31, 2022, 2:41 a.m.

Hey there, Amy, thanks for the question. We generally use a pre-made curry powder mix from our local grocery store. From our understanding, it usually contains a variety of spices with a base of coriander, cumin, chili pepper, and turmeric. Any curry power that's most accessible for you should be fine. We can always adjust the spices to taste 😊 We hope this helps for now!

Raquel - Jan. 21, 2022, 6:20 p.m.

I've been doing this recipe since college, super easy, fast and delicious. Is it possible to freeze?

PUL Team - Jan. 22, 2022, 2:20 a.m.

Hey Raquel! We haven't tested it out, although curries such as this one tend to freeze well. You could freeze it an airtight container and thaw it in the fridge overnight. Some people prefer to omit the spinach for leftovers and add it when reheating on the stovetop for freshness if that's desired as well 😊

Lili - Jan. 19, 2022, 2:19 a.m.

Good weeknight recipe. I usually don't like spicy food but for this dish, I felt that it needed to be garnished with the chili flakes to boost it up a notch.
Nice colors and comforting dish.

PUL Team - Jan. 19, 2022, 7:15 p.m.

So glad to hear, Lili, and we appreciate the feedback so much! We've taken note of it to help us improve moving forward ☺️

Micah - Jan. 17, 2022, 1:16 a.m.

Love this recipe! Nice for extra vegetables too.

Geanina - Jan. 13, 2022, 7:10 a.m.

A great recipe!!! And I used coconut milk for the first time in this recipe, ( I wanted to avoid this kind of milk somehow, but I can find that has a lot of flavor in some dishes), so this one I really liked it, the colors and texture. I served it with brown rice and it was such a great combination. 😊

PUL Team - Jan. 13, 2022, 10:45 p.m.

Mmm sounds delicious, Geanina, thanks for sharing your experience with this one 😃

Patty - Dec. 28, 2021, 2:54 a.m.

This was delicious! I did add a bit extra coconut milk so I'd have more saucy goodness.

PUL Team - Dec. 28, 2021, 6:32 p.m.

A lovely idea, Patty, and we're so glad it was enjoyed!

Claire - Oct. 28, 2021, 4:52 p.m.

The curry is delicious! loving the coconut flavor!!

Judy Thamotheram - Oct. 22, 2021, 6:08 p.m.

This was very easy to make and absolutely lovely. My grand children who fuss sometime ate it and asked when I am going to do it again. I will definitely rate it a 5/5

PUL Team - Oct. 23, 2021, 2:47 a.m.

This means so much, Judy! We're so thrilled the little ones enjoyed it as well 😊

Aneesha - Sept. 27, 2021, 6:05 p.m.

Hello PUL team
This recipe turned out so yummy. I am in my third trimester, and just planned to cook something new after so long.
I am so happy I tried this recipe, all my family loved it. Specially the baby :D
I love how your recipes have the best of both worlds, spices that any indian taste buds will cherish and so many added nutritious ingredients.
Thanks so much for this channel.
Aneesha(from India)

PUL Team - Sept. 29, 2021, 6:26 p.m.

Hi Aneesha, aw we appreciate this so much! Thank you for the kind words and for being here 🤗 Lots of love to you and your little one 💚

Jess Davies - Sept. 27, 2021, 1:26 p.m.

Absolutely delicious! My husband preferred it to his usual chicken!!!
So simple but incredibly tasty. This will now be a regular dinner in our house.

Ranim Ismail - Sept. 17, 2021, 11:07 a.m.

This recipe is so yummy and nutritious 😋 I'm trying to make my husband like vegan food and it worked great 😛 😌 Thank you PUL ❤️

PUL Team - Sept. 18, 2021, 3:22 a.m.

So happy the hear the curry was enjoyed! Thank you, Ranim :)

Andreea BARBU - Sept. 16, 2021, 9:22 a.m.

I cooked this recipe many times before, always with a thai green curry flavor but without respecting the cooking minutes so in fact, overcooking it. I tried recently respecting the indications and it is even better. Many thanks to Cris S, since she mentioned the crunchiness I had never experienced with my overcooking. I guess you learn something everyday from each person and comment in your life :) .

PUL Team - Sept. 16, 2021, 5:09 p.m.

Oh, Andreea, we're so happy to hear the curry was enjoyed! We love learning from other comments as well 🤩

Cath - Sept. 15, 2021, 3:31 p.m.

I love this curry, it's quite simple and yet so yummy! I've also modified the recipe to other vegetables, it works great <3

PUL Team - Sept. 15, 2021, 5:13 p.m.

So happy to hear, Cath! Let us know if you find any good vegetable pairings 😃

Alicia - Sept. 12, 2021, 1:56 a.m.

very yummy!! I eat this all the time now :)

Becca - Aug. 30, 2021, 7:05 p.m.

This is one of my favorite go-to recipes! It is so easy and delicious. When I'm in a pinch I use canned mushrooms (fresh is best) but it still tastes great! I made a 4x batch for my family reunion to feed 31 people and it was a crowd pleaser even with all the non-vegan/vegetarians.

PUL Team - Aug. 31, 2021, 2:10 a.m.

Aww we're so honoured a PUL recipe was enjoyed on the special occasion, Becca! Thank you 😃

Anna - Aug. 26, 2021, 3:33 a.m.

I made this dish for dinner and it was delicious and so easy! I added about ¼ tsp Sriracha for a bit of spice.

Shruti Bangera - Aug. 2, 2021, 3:16 a.m.

I came across your channel when me and my husband decided to go vegan. Absolute thrilled to have found you!
We love this coconut curry. I make it once every week and my husband goes, "Wow!" 😃
Super easy and super yum. Thank you for sharing!!

Lots of love and best wishes from Canada 🇨🇦 ❤

PUL Team - Aug. 4, 2021, 7:32 a.m.

So honoured that PUL has been a part of you and your husband's journey! Thanks for being here, Shruti 🌻

Yorelyz - July 25, 2021, 7:45 p.m.

The best recipe of Curry! Cheers from Puerto Rico.

PUL Team - July 27, 2021, 5:58 p.m.

Such a big compliment, Yorelyz! Hugs to Puerto Rico 🤗

Katharina F - July 12, 2021, 4:20 p.m.

My absolute favourite curry recipe! So easy and so delicious ❤

Denise - July 11, 2021, 1:28 a.m.

Love your channel! Can’t wait to try these recipes ❤️ Also love the variety of your videos, so glad I found you

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 4:46 a.m.

We're so glad you found PUL too, Denise! Thank you for the review 🙂

Alejandro Pineda - July 10, 2021, 6:33 p.m.

Just “ unplanningly “ threw this recipe together in about 30 minutes, everything was already in my kitchen and it is so good, I can already tell this is going to be one of my go-to recipes!

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 3:20 a.m.

Woohoo! So lovely to hear, Alejandro, thank you for sharing 🤗

Marianne - July 9, 2021, 7:47 p.m.

I LOVE this recipe it's so tasty!! I kind of do my own thing with the spices but the way it's written is super good as well! So quick and easy all in one pot 🥰🥰🥰

PUL Team - July 15, 2021, 3:05 a.m.

So glad you're enjoying it, Marianne! Love that you're adjusting to your own preferences as well :)

Viktorija - July 9, 2021, 1:20 a.m.

This is one of my favourite recipes to make in the colder months! There's nothing I would take away or add, it's just perfect 😊 I make this at least once a week in the winter 😄 Don't forget to squeeze some lemon at the end because it makes all the difference! 😉

PUL Team - July 11, 2021, 9:52 p.m.

So happy to hear this, Viktorija, thank you for the review 😃

Jen - July 5, 2021, 10:34 p.m.

Oh my goodness...this was delicious! I loved it! I'm not very skilled at prep, so it took me quite a bit longer than 7 minutes, but it was well worth the time spent. And I really appreciate the quick link to create the shopping list and the feature to check things off as you go. What an amazing resource. Thank you! I can't wait to try more recipes (this was my first)!

PUL Team - July 7, 2021, 7:08 a.m.

We appreciate the review, Jen, and are so thrilled you enjoyed your first PUL recipe! We've just updated the cooking/prep time based on feedback, although we're glad the extra time was worth it. Happy cooking 😃

John - July 5, 2021, 2:08 p.m.

Recipe tastes nice but I do have an issue. Underestimating cooking times is useful for not scaring people away but there is a limit. The total cook time is 10 minutes and the first two steps themselves take 8 minutes, so the rest of the process is supposed to take only 2 minutes? Give me a break.

PUL Team - July 7, 2021, 6:54 a.m.

Hi there, John! Thank you so much for the review and honest feedback. This was totally a mistake on our end, as we didn't transfer the time over correctly when moving from our old site to the new one. It's been updated now. It's really helpful to make us aware of these gaps so that we can improve moving forward. So glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe, John, thank you! 🙂

Cris S - June 5, 2021, 4:18 p.m.

Mmmm! I just made it! It's so comforting and creamy and I love that the peppers are cooked just enough to retain their crunch (but kill those pesticides 😂)!

Isa-Bella Leclair - April 15, 2021, 9:49 p.m.

This is my boyfriend and I's favourite curry recipe!! It's flavourful and aromatic and the bell pepper and cherry tomatoes make it so fresh! On top of that it's easy and nourishing, love it!

PUL Team - April 19, 2021, 1:45 a.m.

Ooh what a compliment! Thank you, Isa-Bella Leclair 🤩

Gowri - April 5, 2021, 2:26 a.m.

This is one of my routine week day recipe. Tastes delicious. Shared this recipe with many of my friends.
Love your new website design!!!

PUL Team - April 5, 2021, 7:11 p.m.

So happy to hear you're enjoying the curry recipe and new website, Gowri! Thank you for taking the time to share 🤗

Elsa - March 27, 2021, 3:38 p.m.

Super tasty, like every recipe in this website! Thank you!

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 6:10 p.m.

We appreciate this so much, Elsa! Thank you 🥰