This creamy vegan Chickpea Soup recipe is like sunshine in a bowl. Made with veggies and rice in a golden turmeric coconut milk broth. A cheery soup for cozy winter days. Gluten-free.

coconut chickpea soup in bowl with spoon, full of chickpeas, carrots, rice, red pepper flakes, coconut milk, parsley.

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This vegan Chickpea Soup recipe will warm your bones and cheer your heart! Chickpeas and vegetables are combined with coconut milk, rice, and spices in a savory broth to create a dish rich in flavors and texture. The cheery color of the golden broth comes from fresh turmeric. Turmeric is a powerhouse of nutrients, notably rich in anti-inflammatory curcumin, antioxidants, and bioactive compounds that contribute to good health. Perfect for staying healthy in the colder months!

This chickpea vegetable soup is another recipe to adjust and play around with according to your preference! Add more chickpeas, leave out the rice, throw in cubed potatoes or sweet potatoes, add the veggies you have on hand in the fridge, make it spicy or mild- create it your way!

Why You’ll Love This

  1. Cozy winter soup! A protein-rich, satiating soup. Creamy and savory.
  2. Rich in nutrients. Anti-inflammatory, packed with antioxidants and bioactive compounds.
  3. Adjust to your preferences. Add any veggies from your fridge. Add potatoes, make it spicy or mild, and get creative!

Ingredients

ingredients for creamy chickpea soup laid out - chickpeas, coconut milk, onion, garlic, apple, broth, chard, celery, carrot, rice, turmeric, ginger, spices, parsley.
  • Chickpeas (garbanzo beans): Use 1 1/2 cups canned or cooked.
  • Vegetables: Onion, garlic cloves, carrots, and celery, diced.
  • Apple: Adds sweetness. Can substitute with 1-2 teaspoons coconut sugar.
  • Fresh ginger: Finely grated.
  • Fresh turmeric: Substitute with 1/2 teaspoon powdered turmeric.
  • Coconut oil: Olive oil works well too.
  • Spices: Yellow curry powder, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, salt, black pepper, pinch of cayenne to taste
  • Jasmine or basmati rice: Uncooked, optional. Add 1/4 – 1/2 cup depending on texture preference. If using brown rice, cook separately.
  • Vegetable broth: Homemade broth adds even more flavor and depth, but you can use store-bought. Chicken broth can be used if you prefer.
  • Swiss chard: Use both greens and stems, chopped. Can sub spinach or kale.
  • Coconut milk: Essential for the creamy, rich texture.
  • Lemon juice: Or use apple cider vinegar for acidity.
  • Optional: Garnish each bowl with fresh parsley, red pepper flakes, and a drizzle of coconut cream or a dollop of coconut yogurt. 

How to Make Chickpea Soup

Before you begin, make sure all of the vegetables are diced and the chickpeas drained. Gather all of your ingredients and measure out the spices.

wood cutting board with ingredients for chickpea soup diced - chard, onion, garlic, celery, carrots, apple.

In a large heavy bottom pot or Dutch oven, sauté onion in oil over medium-high heat for 5 minutes until fragrant and golden. Add garlic, ginger, and fresh turmeric and stir 2-3 minutes until garlic is fragrant and golden.  

Turn the heat to medium, add curry powder, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, carrots, celery, apple, and rice, and sauté for another 5 minutes, stirring often.

Add broth, greens, chickpeas, kosher salt and pepper. Cover with a vented lid and simmer for 20 minutes or until rice and veggies are tender.

Add coconut milk, and heat until warm. Taste the soup and add lemon and cayenne if desired. Adjust seasonings adding salt and pepper as needed. 

This vegan Chickpea Soup recipe is bursting with flavor! Made with veggies and rice in a golden turmeric coconut milk broth. A cheery soup for cozy winter days. Gluten-free.

FAQs

Can I use dried chickpeas?

Yes, but you need to cook them prior to making the soup. They will require too much cooking time if added directly to the soup, resulting in mushy vegetables.

What can I use instead of rice?

You can add orzo or pre-cooked farro. Red lentils would work well in this soup too!

How can I make the soup extra creamy?

The coconut milk adds a nice creamy texture to the soup, but you can always use an immersion blender to create an even creamier texture.

Health Benefits of Chickpeas

  1. Rich in plant-based protein: Chickpeas are a great source of protein, which is vital for muscle repair, immune function, and maintaining overall health.
  2. High in fiber: They contain a significant amount of dietary fiber, both soluble and insoluble. Fiber aids digestion and can improve gut health.
  3. Supports blood sugar control: Due to their low glycemic index and high fiber content, chickpeas are associated with improved blood sugar control.
  4. Heart health: The soluble fiber in chickpeas can help lower cholesterol levels. Additionally, chickpeas contain heart-healthy nutrients like potassium, which can assist in lowering high blood pressure.
  5. Rich in essential nutrients: They are packed with various vitamins and minerals, including iron, phosphate, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and vitamin K. These nutrients contribute to maintaining bone structure and strength.
  6. Contain antioxidants: Chickpeas have several antioxidants, such as flavonoids, phytonutrients, and beta carotene. These can reduce oxidative stress in the body and lower the risk of chronic diseases.
  7. May reduce inflammation: The choline in chickpeas helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning, and memory. Choline also aids in the absorption of fat and reduces chronic inflammation.

Serving Suggestions

While this soup is substantial all on its own, it does taste lovely with warm, crusty sourdough bread or a baguette.

Salad always goes well with soup too! Try our colorful Rainbow Salad or crunchy Farro Salad with Kale.

Storage

Let the soup cool to room temperature before storing. Store in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days and in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight, then reheat on the stovetop.

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This creamy vegan Chickpea Soup recipe is like sunshine in a bowl. Made with veggies and rice in a golden turmeric coconut milk broth. A cheery soup for cozy winter days. Gluten-free.

Chickpea Soup Recipe

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  • Author: Tonia | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 9 cups 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This vegan Chickpea Soup recipe is bursting with flavor! Made with veggies and rice in a golden turmeric coconut milk broth. A cheery soup for cozy winter days. Gluten-free.


Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 teaspoons fresh turmeric (or 1/2 teaspoon powdered turmeric)
  • 1/2 teaspoon yellow curry powder
  • 2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1/2 cup apple, diced small (see notes)
  • 1/41/2 cup jasmine or basmati rice, uncooked (Optional- see notes)
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups of Swiss chard, greens and stems chopped (sub spinach or kale)
  • 1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans) (1 1/2 cups), drained
  • 11 1/2 teaspoons salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • pinch of cayenne to taste
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice or apple cider vinegar, more to taste
  • Optional: Garnish each bowl with fresh parsley, red pepper flakes, and a drizzle of coconut cream or a dollop of coconut yogurt.

Instructions

  1. In a large heavy bottom pot or Dutch oven, saute onion in oil over medium-high heat for 5 minutes until fragrant and golden. Add garlic, ginger, and fresh turmeric and stir 2-3 minutes until garlic is fragrant and golden.  
  2. Turn the heat to medium, add curry powder, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, carrots, celery, apple, and rice, and saute for another 5 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Add broth, greens, chickpeas, salt and pepper. Cover with a vented lid and simmer for 20 minutes or until rice and veggies are tender. Add coconut milk, and heat until warm.
  4. Taste the soup and add lemon and cayenne if desired. Adjust seasonings adding salt and pepper as needed. 

Notes

Rice- add 1/4 cup for a bit of texture but still keep the soup brothy, or add 1/2 cup to thicken up the soup. White Jasmine and white basmati rice are quick-cooking options and the rice cooks together with the vegetables. If you’re using brown rice, it’s recommended to add it already cooked to prevent the vegetables from becoming overcooked and mushy.

Apples add a fresh sweetness to the soup, which can be adjusted with 1-2 teaspoons of coconut sugar depending on the apple’s sweet or tart flavor or personal preference.

Instant Pot Instructions- On saute function follow steps 1 and 2. Add broth, greens, chickpeas, salt and pepper and set to 3 minutes high pressure. Natural release for 10 minutes. Add coconut milk, turn back to saute mode and heat if needed. (if using tender greens like spinach add in at the end with the coconut milk.)

Let soup cool to room temperature and place in airtight storage containers. Refrigerate for up to 5 days. Or freeze up to 3 months.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
  • Calories: 285
  • Sugar: 9.9 g
  • Sodium: 741.4 mg
  • Fat: 12.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 37.3 g
  • Fiber: 8.5 g
  • Protein: 9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Comments

  1. This was such a delicious soup. I love all the flavour of the spices.
    I didn’t have fresh turmeric, so I used powdered. I also didn’t do the apple, because I just wasn’t sure I would like it. After eating this delicious soup, I think the apple would definitely work very nicely.
    I also used chicken stock because I didn’t have the veg. This is a very delicious and healthy soup that will go into rotation. Thank you for such a lovely recipe.






  2. My family, including my two teenagers, absolutely loved this. I realized at the last minute that we were out of turmeric, so I added a bit more curry. We went with a bit more rice to make it a little more stew-like. The flavor is so complex and lovely — I cannot recommend it enough. Thank you for such a wonderful recipe!






  3. This soup is delicious, very well-balanced flavors and textures! Normally I am not a fan of apples in savory things – I find they tend to overpower everything else – but here it really did enhance (used an Ambrosia apple). I used 1/3 cup of rice and that was just right for me. I ended up putting in a whole can of coconut milk and a whole head of kale (got too involved in my podcast and was not reading correctly haha) and it was still delicious! I did put some of the kale & broth into the blender to cut down on the bulk since it didn’t wilt very much and I had…uh, a lot in there 😛 I will definitely make this one again properly and I’m sure it will be even better!

  4. Thanks for this recipe! Made this in the instant pot using the directions recommended in the comments (3 minute cook time with 10 min natural release) and waited to add the coconut milk, lemon and chard after that. Turned out amazing!






  5. I made this soup and it was delicious. I took it for lunch 3 days in a row and still looked forward to it every day. Yummy and healthy.

    1. We’re so happy you enjoyed this Gina! Thanks for circling back and rating it for us.

  6. This soup is fabulous, my family loved it and thought it was the best soup that I have ever made. Thank you for all of your amazing and tasty recipes!






  7. I’m accumulating quite the list of favourites — which are also tried and never disappoint.
    I used lentils instead of rice which worked well, and while I added the stems of the chard up front, I only added the leaves just before serving.
    I love all your recipes!






  8. This was SO good and SO easy to make! I added extra kale and forgot the apple, but loved the result. I can hardly wait to have it for lunch tomorrow.






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