Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry

Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry


I had been eating kind of heavy meals over the last few days and I was feeling like something lighter and healthier. I remembered seeing a cauliflower and chickpea curry at a restaurant that I thought looked good and I wanted to try making it at home. With the main ingredients of cauliflower and chickpeas this curry sounded like it would fit both the light and healthy bills. I also wanted to fit a green vegetable into the curry and since fresh green beans are still available I decided to add some. I enjoy the chewy texture of brown rice and given that it is also the healthier option I thought that it would make the perfect bed to soak up the extra curry sauce. This curry is really easy to make and it takes very little effort or time so it is perfect for week nights. Given that the curry powder is the primary source of flavour you are going to want to use a tasty one and I used my favorite. The cauliflower and chickpea curry turned out really well. It was nice and tasty and light and yet still filling. I packed the leftovers up into individual servings and I have been bringing them to work for lunches this week. The leftover reheat well in a microwave and they have only been tasting better with age.

Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry

(makes 4+ servings)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon oil
1 onion (chopped)
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 tablespoon garlic (chopped)
1 tablespoon ginger (chopped)
1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon chili sauce (optional)
1 head cauliflower (cut into florets)
1 (19 once) can chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
1 cup water
1/2 pound green beans (trimmed and sliced into 1 inch long pieces)
salt to taste
1/4 cup cilantro (chopped)

Directions
1. Heat the oil in a large pan.
2. Add the onion and curry powder and cook until the onion is tender, about 5-7 minutes.
3. Add the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
4. Add the tomatoes, chili sauce, cauliflower, chickpeas and water and and bring to a boil.
5. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the cauliflower is tender, about 10-15 minutes.
6. Add the green beans and cook until they are just tender and still crisp, about 3-5 minutes.
7. Serve on brown rice and garnish with cilantro.

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Cauliflower Rice Pilaf
Chicken and Cashew Curry
Roasted Cauliflower and Red Pepper Farro Salad
Roasted Cauliflower
Chickpea Curry (Chana Masala)

71 comments:

Jessica said...

This looks great, I love the vibrant color that the cauliflower took on. Love your blog! (I plan on trying your whole wheat crepes this weekend)

VeggieGirl said...

PERFECTION!!

Sharon said...

Oh wow, definitely love it!

Manggy said...

Healthy AND flavorful is always a great combination! :)

Melissa said...

Great idea Kevin! Anything with curry is always delicious! :)

unconfidentialcook said...

I would just love this for dinner, but nobody else in my family would eat it. Poor me.

Shelly said...

This looks flavorful and delish! Cauliflower and chickpeas are two of my favorites. I'll definitely be making this!

Not Another Omnivore said...

Oh that looks awesome! My currys never taste quite right....I have some work in that dept left to go!

NAOmni

Not Another Omnivore said...

Oh, and do you use a spoon rest and do you want to send me a photo of it for this week's Tear Down Tuesday? You end up being a contributor to all my other Tear Down Tuesday's it seem lol

NAOmni

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Great dish! Love cauliflower. Love curry. Love this!

Daziano said...

Interesting recipe!

Kids Furniture said...

Just the look of it made me hungry! Great recipe!

Cynthia said...

Kevin, every time I visit I am bowled over by your creations and presentations.

Dana Treat said...

This is one of my favorite kinds of meals. And I agree, it gets better with age!

Michelle C said...

Hi ... me again!

Is it spicy? It looks fantastic and would fit in with the whole "eating healthier" intention I have (maybe only parts of the week, lol).

As I get older though, spicy and I don't mix very well, and the kids don't do spicy either ...

Christina Kim said...

Simple, delicious, nutritious. I love curry!

Rita said...

Yeah, this is a nice dish,I like to add a scoop of plain yogurt right on top. Your brown rice looks so whie though!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love both ingredients, so that curry would please me! Delicious looking!

Cheers,

Rosa

Jan said...

Yum - Great picture Kevin and I love the recipe!

Bridgett said...

I bet the curry really brings a ton of flavor to the cauliflower. What a great meal.

Elin said...

Hi Kevin,

This is another mouth watering dish you have cooked ! Will want to try this out..who could resist such a great creation :))

Btw I have tried out your Waldorf Salad and it was great. I have posted it up and linked you. Thanks for sharing so many wonderful recipes.

Cheers,
Elin

Ann said...

Thats a great curry Kevin..nutritious too...yummy yum

HappyTummy said...

looks fantastic. very healthy!!

James said...

You could use stock - chicken or veg - instead of water to boost the flavour.

Arundathi said...

those are fantastic pictures. the colors are great. I've never paired cauliflower and chickpeas before, but it sounds like a great combination!

Sylvia said...

I love cauliflower, sounds healthier and delicious

Soma said...

Looks very good. i cook cauliflower atleast once a week:-) yours is a nice combo of veggie & protein.. if tagine excites u, u should try cauliflower tagine! the morrocan spices impart awesome flavor to cauliflowers.

penniesonaplatter.com said...

Oh my goodness, it looks like chicken! I've been trying to find more ways to serve cauliflower. I'm gonna have to try this one!

lisaiscooking said...

This sounds like a great meal and perfect for leftover lunches!

Debbie said...

Another great recipe here!

ttfn300 said...

love the colors, fabulous dish!!

pookiepantry said...

beautiful colors, i love how the cauliflower turned such a bright orange. looks delicious!

Maria said...

Great color. Love curry dishes!

Katie said...

I love that your dishes are all so varied and unique! You definitely inspire me.

Your pictures are always so gorgeous, too- what kind of camera do you use and do you have any photography experience?

nopham said...

Beautiful, delicious! Your dishes always look favorful.

Ben said...

I've seen orange cauliflower at the store (LOL) but your dish is definitely the winner. Even though I don't like cauliflower.

Kerstin said...

Yum - healthy but still really flavorful! I like your addition of green beans too!

Spryte said...

That looks great!! I'm looking for something a little lighter too!

Poornima Nair said...

Looks delicious Kevin...love the color of the curry...could have this anytime.

The Duo Dishes said...

We really love curries and stir fries with brown basmati rice. It's really light too. This curry recipe would be a mighty fine accompaniment!

Lisa said...

Oh, a curry dish with chickpeas! Just perfect. I love the colour. Such a healthy dish too.

Darius T. Williams said...

Yet another home run sir!

Diana said...

I really love that this recipe relies on such simple, inexpensive ingredients. It looks like the perfect weeknight dinner -- and very budget friendly to boot!

Kimberlita said...

I made a cauliflower & chickpea curry last month. Yours looks much brighter than mine did. What brand of curry powder did you use? My recipe called for a combination of spices instead of curry powder, but this looks like an easy weeknight option.

Natalie said...

What kind of curry powder do you use? I have not found one that I love... Thanks! Love your site and gorgeous pictures.

Lori said...

Thank you for this! I had a similar meal at a food festival in Vienna. I've tried to recreate it, but can't get it quite right. I can't wait to put this recipe to the test.

Sandie said...

Great color in this dish and the flavor must be terrific!

Marjie said...

It's wonderful that you try so many different things. Even when it's something I wouldn't want, I love to read your directions and contemplate your dishes!

Kevin said...

Michelle C: You can cut down on or omit the chili sauce as you like. The only other thing adding spice to this dish is the curry powder. So if you use a mild curry powder the curry will be nice mild as well.

James: Great suggestion!

Soma: I do like the sound of a cauliflower tagine.

Katie: Thanks! I am using a Canon Xsi and I have really been enjoying it. I just started learning photography when I started my blog. Take a look at the photos from the archives to see my progress if you like. It has been almost as fun learning the food photography as it has been doing the cooking/baking and tasting. :)

Kimberlita & Natalie: I used S&B Oriental Curry Powder. It has an aroma just like my favorite Japanese curry.

Holler said...

This is my kind of curry Kevin, well my kind of food altogether really. So what is your favourite kind of curry powder?

Hayley said...

Wonderful flavors Kevin. I can't wait to try this!

Tessa said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


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Chef Fresco said...

Mmm! Looks great! We love all of these ingredients

meeso said...

That looks great... may be of no surprise, but I LOVE Indian food! You should try making some homemade curry powder, I think then you would get addicted like I am :)

Joanne said...

I love how veggie-ful and flavorful this dish is. Right up my alley!

zlamushka said...

What a gorgeous curry, Kevin, look at the color :-) yums!

pastry studio said...

I bought all the ingredients to make a vegetable curry yesterday without having a recipe. Thanks for providing one that seems to be exactly what I was thinking about!

Arabic Bites said...

yummy,the curry looks fantastic.

Jan said...

I love curry, and you're right, the flavors are even better the following day. I have never made a veggie curry before, but this looks well worth a try.

mona said...

Thats very vibrant pic Kevin. Great capture!

homecooked said...

Looks so yummy Kevin! Looks easy with the curry powder.

Bill. said...

great recipe. I didn't have any green beans so i substituted with silverbeet. Also i used a mix of garam masala, turmeric and coriander seeds as i didn't have any other curry powder.

Will be making this again.

Anonymous said...

Just made this and it was great! A few modifications that I thought I would post, as I was short on some ingredients...I was running low on curry so I used 1 Tbsp of curry and 1 tsp each of ground cumin, coriander and turmeric, and I didn't have green beans so I substituted with some chopped kale. The end result was awesome though! I may cut down on the water next time, though, as I like a thicker consistency. Thanks for the recipe....your blog is gorgeous and mighty impressive!

Meghan said...

Kevin, what kind of chili sauce do you suggest?

Kevin said...

Meghan: I normally use a simple sambal oelek which has a nice heat to it.

Chinoiseries said...

Great recipe :) I used a "kerrie masala" mixture and cayenne pepper instead of the chili sauce. Added some vegetable stock in place of salt. Had half a can of cannellini beans, so used those and not chickpeas.
Served over basmati rice.. my flatmates are loving this :)

pita bread said...

It looks heavenly! I love cauliflower and I eat it very often but I have never seen it in such version, combined with curry. I will try this recipe next time I prepare cauliflower.

PreeOccupied said...

I am Indian, but never had chickpeas with cauliflower. Green peas, yes!

Try cauliflowers with some shrimps. They taste awesome.

Tia said...

I made this and it was fantastic :)

Rhabarber said...

What an awesome recipe! I made this today and served it over brown rice alongside with a little bit of yogurt and some of the mango chutney from your other recipe (which is great too!) Will definitely be made again!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kevin,

I stumbled across your blog by accident and boy am I happy! I just got a beautiful head of cauliflower and will try this recipe tomorrow. Can't wait.

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