Healing Lemongrass Chickpea Thai Green Curry with Toasted Coconut Brown Rice

This vegetarian Thai green curry is made with chickpeas, ginger, garlic, turmeric, green curry paste, and lemongrass. The ultimate bowl of healthy comfort food to eat when you’re feeling under the weather. Served with a delicious coconut infused brown rice!

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hour

chickpea thai green curry with rice in two bowls with a title underneath

You know that feeling when you start getting a little sick — the feeling that something just isn’t quite right? Well, I have that right now. A slight fever crept in and my glands started to swell. Immediately I could tell that my body needed rest and a healthy dose of anti-inflammatory, disease-fighting food.

So of course, Thai green curry was on the dinner menu.

And guess what? It works. I make this recipe and my healing chicken soup every single time I’m sick. The next day I wake up feeling a little better. Thus, this recipe was crowned the name ‘healing thai green curry’… with a few other descriptors in there too, I suppose.

chickpea thai green curry in a pot

Before we get into just how amazing and incredible this recipe is, I want to let you know that 1) you don’t absolutely need to have lemongrass to make this dish fabulous and b) I need you to make this recipe immediately. I SAID IMMEDIATELY. OK?

Besides being vegan and gluten free, this comforting Thai green curry is filled with the most delicious flavor combination I think I’ve ever tasted. I could proclaim my love for it over and over again, and if you trust me for recipes, then you know you need to make it too.

chickpea thai green curry with rice in a bowl on a linen

And here’s what else is awesome: It truly is filled with heaps of anti-inflammatory good-for-you spices and herbs: 

Garlic: Studies have actually found it to be effective against fighting colds. It also has been known to fight infections naturally. I actually eat a clove raw when I feel sick. Tony thinks it’s weird because he’s the one who has to kiss me.

Ginger: A true tummy tamer aka really good for when you have an upset stomach. Put it in your smoothie or put it in this curry.

Lemongrass: The leaves of this plant are often used to make medicine. Its oil is often used in aromatherapy too. Check out how else lemongrass is commonly used here. I love the flavor it gives this curry and I promise you will too. Of course, you can always leave it out if it’s unavailable to you or if you don’t like it.

Turmeric: Super trendy for the past year or two, but always delicious and a known anti-inflammatory spice. I love the brightness it adds to this dish. I recommend using fresh turmeric.

Thai Green Curry Paste: You can get this at most grocery stores, but if they don’t have it — you can order it from Amazon.

thai green curry with rice in two bowls on a linen with a lime wedge

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to make this fabulous dish. I love to do it for meal prep and cook everything up on a Sunday for myself, then divide into containers. I’ve also included an easy recipe for a delicious toasted coconut brown rice that I think pairs well with the curry.

I hope you all enjoy this dish as much as I do! It’s a new favorite of mine. If you make this recipe, be sure to rate the recipe and leave a comment below, or take a pic, upload it to Instagram and tag #ambitiouskitchen! xoxo love you guys.

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Nourishing Yellow Chickpea Pumpkin Curry with Coconut Brown Rice

Chopped Thai Chickpea Salad with Curry Peanut Dressing

Curry Roasted Cauliflower Sweet Potato Salad

Thai Peanut Coconut Cauliflower Chickpea Curry

Healing Lemongrass Chickpea Thai Green Curry

4.88 from 31 votes
thai green curry in a pot
Course Dairy Free, Dinner, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword thai green curry
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Serves 4
This vegetarian Thai green curry is made with chickpeas, ginger, garlic, turmeric, green curry paste, and lemongrass. The ultimate bowl of healthy comfort food served over brown rice!


  • For the brown rice:
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 cup uncooked short grain brown rice
  • For the Thai green curry:
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil or coconut oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup diced green onion
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, tender white inner bulb only, minced
  • 1 heaping cup diced carrots (about 3 large carrots)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly minced ginger
  • 3 tablespoons finely diced fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons green curry paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (or 1/2 tablespoon freshly ground turmeric)
  • 1 (15 oounce) can lite coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetarian broth (or water)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon gluten free soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • To garnish: Cilantro, green onion & hot sauce


  1. To make the brown rice: Add one cup of brown rice to a pan along with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Toast rice over medium heat for 5 minutes until fragrant. Next and 2 1/2 cups of water to a pot; bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 45 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Once oil is hot, add in garlic, green onion, lemongrass, carrots, fresh ginger, and diced fresh basil. Stir fry for about 5 minute until the onions begin to slightly brown. Next add in green curry paste and turmeric and stir for 30 seconds to release flavors.
  3. Add in coconut milk, vegetarian broth, chickpeas, soy sauce, lime juice, salt and red bell pepper. Stir well to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for about 20 minutes, or until carrots are tender. Right before serving, stir in frozen peas. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.
  4. Serve over brown rice in a bowl and garnish with fresh cilantro, green onion and a dash of hot sauce if you like things spicy. Serves 4.

Recipe Notes

*You can leave out the lemongrass and still get fabulous flavor! I know it can be difficult to find. I usually get mine from Whole Foods.

If you'd like more protein in this dish, add another can of chickpeas, or if you aren't vegetarian/vegan, you can add 1/2 pound of chopped cooked chicken breast.

Servings: 4 servings
Serving size: 1 serving
Calories: 389kcal
Fat: 12.7g
Carbohydrates: 42.1g
Fiber: 11.5g
Sugar: 5.1g
Protein: 12.2g

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