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Thai Yellow Curry Garbanzo

Happy New Year 2018! I hope everyone has a fun and memorable celebration with family and friends, and hopefully a much much warmer weather than the one I am experiencing right now in Minnesota. Once upon a time in my twenties I spent years living in Indiana and upstate New York, and I thought I should be used to the cold by now, but Minnesota winter is something else. I have two cousins in Canada and I can only imagine the suffering they must be going through each winter :D Okay, enough with the cold weather talk! Let me share with you this super easy and delicious recipe for Thai yellow curry garbanzo.

Thai Yellow Curry Garbanzo

Thai Yellow Curry Garbanzo

Let's talk ingredients

This recipe is super simple, and once you gather the necessary ingredients, this is going to be a quick dish. I was trying really hard not to step out from my home if at all possible, so rummaging through my pantry, I find I should be able to make some delicious dish with what I have at hand. You will need garbanzo (2 cans), Thai yellow curry paste (2 tbsp), coconut milk (1 can), fish sauce (1 tbsp), soy sauce (1 tbsp), brown sugar (2 tbsp). And as for fresh ingredients, you need 1 onion, 2 tomatoes, 5 kaffir lime leaves, and a handful of cilantro leaves.

Thai Yellow Curry Garbanzo

Thai Yellow Curry Garbanzo

15 minutes of cooking

Once all the prep work is done, the cooking time for this delicious Thai yellow curry garbanzo dish should take no more than 15 minutes. Start by heating some oil on medium high and sauté onion until translucent. Next, add curry paste and tomato, follow with garbanzo and coconut milk. Finally, season with fish sauce, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Just stir and keep on cooking until the sauce looks thick to your liking. Turn off the heat, then toss in kaffir lime leaves and cilantro leaves. Transfer to serving plate and serve with steamed white rice, or flat bread of your choice like naan.

Thai Yellow Curry Garbanzo

Thai Yellow Curry Garbanzo

Thai Yellow Curry Garbanzo

5.0 from 6 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 25 mins

Serves: 4

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  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoon Thai yellow curry paste
  • 3 small (or 2 medium) tomato, cut into wedges
  • 2 can garbanzo (each 15.5 oz), drained
  • 1 can coconut milk (13.66 oz)
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar (light/dark), or palm sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 5 kaffir lime leaves
  • a handful of fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Sauté onion until translucent, then add Thai yellow curry paste, tomato wedges, and garbanzo. Cook for 1 minute.
  2. Add coconut milk, fish sauce, brown sugar, and soy sauce. Mix well, and cook until boiling.
  3. Continue cooking until the sauce is slightly reduced. Stop cooking when you like the thickness of the sauce.
  4. Turn off heat, toss in the kaffir lime leaves and fresh cilantro leaves. Transfer to a serving plate and serve with steamed white rice.
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  • L T L T says:

    Hi, do u think non fat yoghurt or skim milk can replace the coconut milk in this recipe?

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi LT, I haven't tried it myself, but I will probably try whole milk, or even 70% milk 30% cream since I find coconut milk creamier than milk. I don't think yoghurt works well since it has more sour taste compared to coconut milk.

  • Irina Irina says:

    Yes, I am ready to spend 25 minutes to make this Curry Garbanzo. I love cilantro leaves flavor and taste: they are a beautiful finishing touch. Sounds delicious. Will be making the meal today:)

  • Tara Tara says:

    Love yellow curry! Such a wonderful way of preparing the garbanzo. All those flavors sound incredible.

  • Emily Liao Emily Liao says:

    What a perfect way to use up my garbanzo beans! I love curry so this combination is a win for me :)

  • Noelle Noelle says:

    I love the flavors in this dish, thank you! Perfect for dinner, everyone loved it :)

  • Nart | Cooking with Nart Nart | Cooking with Nart says:

    Wow, this is really creative! I've never made it this way myself but I love it!

  • Milky Milky says:

    Unusual, but solid and practical dish! I pretty much associate chickpeas with west and south Asian cuisine, so the texture and flavor threw me off, hahah. On the other hand, nothing beats the convenience of a can of chickpeas and having a new use for that curry paste I always have hanging around.

    Winter weather definitely makes this hearty dish really appealing. To be extra winter-lazy, I tried canned tomatoes, but meh. Live and learn! I think if I wanted to go the all-canned-veggie route, maybe bamboo shoots would've been better. Either way, chickpeas and curry are a match made in heaven so I'd recommend trying it out.

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