Curried Chickpea Sandwich With Lemon Massaged Kale

First up, please allow me to apologise for including “lemon massaged kale” in the title. In my defence, it is an exact description of what it is! But I did promise 100% ponce free recipes and feel I have crossed a line here.


I wanted to include a really quick and easy sandwich that I make all the time. This sandwich is LOADED with filling and healthy greens. Coming in at around 20g protein, have a couple of these and you are well into high protein territory.

The actual sandwich is based around an old curried egg recipe I used to make in the olden days. Replacing the egg with chickpeas is a really tasty alternative and 100% cholesterol free and massively reduced in fat. I make this regularly because we share a microwave at work and I am continually trying to take in food that means I won’t have to cue for 20 minutes!

It tastes really good slightly sweetened. I usually  add either a handful of sultanas or use some mango chutney to spread, instead of butter. Optional but definitely recommended.

Get it into ya!

Serves 2

Nutritional Information (including wholemeal bread):

  • Calories = 439
  • Protein = 17g
  • Fat = 12.3g
  • Saturated Fat = 1.5g
  • Carbohydrate = 56.3g
  • Cholesterol = 0g


  • 4 slices of bread
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 2 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise (I used vegenaise)
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • 1 batch kale leaves, stems discarded
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt and pepper
  • salt and pepper
  • optional: handful of sultanas or a tablespoon mango chutney

Cook it:

  1. Start with the kale. Pull the leaves from the stems, rinse and put in a large bowl. Pour over the lemon juice and massage for a minute or two. Add the oil and massage again for a minute. Season with salt and pepper. This will make a large batch, way more than needed for a sandwich, but the lemon will preserve it and if you keep the kale in an airtight container, it will keep for a few days
  2. Now, put all remaining ingredients, excluding the bread (I hope I didn’t need to tell you that) into a large bowl and using a potato masher, mash until desired consistency
  3. Divide chickpea mixture between bread and add kale
  4. Get it into ya!!

7 thoughts on “Curried Chickpea Sandwich With Lemon Massaged Kale

  1. Yep, you got me – right up until the kale! I juice it reluctantly, because it’s the law in Juiceworld, but I really hate it otherwise – oh, I did like the kale chips when I tried them, but sorry, not on a sandwich 😕 Maybe spinach? Or rocket?
    And I remember Sleeper, my daughter used to do a funny impression of Louise Wener’s speaking voice, she would dress like her and pretend she was doing an interview. I hope she never reads this, she’ll kill me!


    1. Haha, I can understand a vegan not liking parsnips, they are an acquired taste, but I have NEVER heard of a vegan who openly admits to hating kale! I thought we all had an unwritten rule where we are forced to like it! To be honest, I am not the hugest fan but I find it is transformed when rubbing lemon into it. I think either rocket or spinach would be a great alternative. Personally I would use rocket, for the added flavour, but either will be good. How old is your daughter? I wonder if our paths ever crossed at any gigs in the 90’s!

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      1. About to be 39! (Can’t believe that). She was friends with a girl whose older sister worked for Geffen records and they got to see and meet a lot of the bands at that time including Suede, I remember. I was very jealous as I love Brett Anderson 😄 She met him often as she also worked at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford where he would turn up occasionally. Also, Jay Kay from Jamiroquai who happened to be in the tattooist’s when she was plucking up the courage to have her first one and he stayed to support her. There are lots of stories like that, but she wouldn’t thank me for telling them!


      2. Cool, I am 37 so I bet our paths have crossed at least once! I’m going to say it is a small world anyway, even though it is really unlikely they have! LOL. That is a cool story about Jay Kay, good to hear! (or read!)


      3. He was really nice and would toot his horn as he drove past after that. Little did she know that a few years later her 2 sons would be rocking out to Jamiroquai in our car sat in the front seats on the driveway singing their hearts out 😄

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