Spicy Chickpea Rice Bowl

Spicy Chickpea Rice Bowl

Elevate your taste buds to new heights with this Spicy Chickpea Rice Bowl featuring a rich and savory gravy.

This Whole Food Plant-Based recipe combines the robust flavors of chickpeas, aromatic spices, wholesome ingredients.

Above all, topped off with a luscious gravy to create a satisfying and nutritious meal that’s quick to prepare.

spicy chickpea rice bowl

Spicy Chickpea Rice Bowl with Savory Gravy

Plantaful Life Team
Spice up your taste buds with this mouthwatering Spicy Chickpea Rice Bowl. This recipe combines the rich flavors of chickpeas, aromatic spices, and wholesome ingredients to create a satisfying and nutritious meal.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Gravy Cooking 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 2 people
Calories 745 kcal


  • 1 Small Heavy Bottom Pot
  • 1 Large Heavy Bottom Skillet


For the Gravy

  • 1 1/2 Cups Vegetable Broth
  • 1/2 Cup Organic Almond Butter Unsweetened
  • 3 Tbsps Tamari or Soy Sauce Low Sodium
  • 2 Tbsps Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Ginger Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Cayenne Pepper

For the Bowl

  • 1 1/2 Cups Cooked Rice White or Brown
  • 15 Oz Organic Chickpeas Save the Water
  • 1 Yellow Onion Finely Chopped
  • 1 Large Carrot Cut into Chunks
  • 1/2 Cup Red Bell Pepper Finely Chopped
  • 1 Cup Diced Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Cup Baby Spinach
  • 4 Cloves Garlic Finely Chopped
  • 1 Tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Paprika Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Cayenne Powder Adjust to your spice preference
  • 1 Lime Juiced
  • Fresh Cilantro Chopped
  • Fresh Green Onions Chopped


For the Gravy

  • In a small saucepan, whisk together the vegetable broth, almond butter, low-sodium soy sauce, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, ground ginger, and cayenne pepper.
  • Heat the mixture over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until it thickens to a gravy consistency.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.

For the Bowl

  • In a large skillet add 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce and 2 Tbsps Chickpea water sauté the carrot chunks, chopped yellow onion and minced garlic over medium heat for about 5 minutes until they begin to soften.
  • Add the diced bell pepper and continue to sauté for another 5 minutes until the pepper starts to soften.
  • Stir in the ground cumin, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper. Cook for another minute or so to release the flavors.
  • Add the chickpeas, and diced tomatoes to the skillet. Cook for 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld and the chickpeas to heat through.
  • Add the premade gravy to the skillet and gently str until all ingredients ae combined, heat for another 5 Minutes.

Bowl Assembly

  • In a separate bowl, combine the cooked rice and baby spinach.
  • Squeeze the lime juice over the rice and spinach mixture, and season with pepper. Toss gently to mix.
  • Divide the rice and spinach mixture among serving bowls.
  • Spoon the spicy chickpea mixture next to the rice.
  • Drizzle the extra gravy over the chickpeas.
  • Garnish with fresh green onions and cilantro leaves
  • Serve hot


The calorie estimation of 745 per serving may vary slightly depending on the exact measurements and ingredients used.

You can enhance the flavor and texture by adding additional ingredients.  

  • Roasted Sweet Potato 
  • Sliced Avocado
  • Toasted Nuts 
  • Diced Mango
Enjoy this Oil Free Whole Food Plant-Based recipe! 
Keyword Nutrient Dence Chickpea Dish

Spicy Chickpea Rice Bowl Introduction

This sensational recipe takes the earthy goodness of chickpeas, aromatic spices, and pairs them with a luxurious, homemade gravy that’s oil-free and packed with flavor.

Get ready to embark on a journey of taste and nourishment as you savor every bite of this mouthwatering creation.

Recipe Conclusion

In Closing, elevate your dinner time dining experience with our rice bowl recipe, a wonderful fusion of taste and nutrition.

Additionally, each serving offers around 745 calories of wholesome goodness, from the protein-packed chickpeas to the zesty freshness of diced tomatoes, bell peppers, and lime-infused rice.

The star of the show our homemade gravy, elevates this dish to new heights delivering a luscious, savory finish that will leave you craving more.

Whether you’re a WFPB enthusiast or simply seeking a flavorful, satisfying meal, this recipe is a testament to the joys of plant-based cooking.

Furthermore, satisfy your cravings and nourish your body, all while indulging in the bold, spicy flavors that make this dish a true culinary masterpiece.

Enjoy the culinary adventure!

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Please leave us a comment if you enjoyed our recipe and what exciting ingredients you used to make it your new favorite meal.


Plantaful Life Team


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