For me, the key to eating a lot of vegetables is to spice them up. For example, I love cauliflower by itself. But adding a bit of spice can transform it! It becomes something completely different (and slightly magical). In fact, it takes a meal from "Oh, this vegan" to "Oh, this is delicious." As a result, adding spice can be quite helpful for a vegetarian/vegan diet.
At first, the list of spices here might be a bit scary. But don't worry! You can easily find what you need at your local health food store. Finally, if you do a quick search online, you will find other curry powders that have fewer spices. Play around a bit and try a few in order to find a combination you love!
The blend below makes more than what you need for this recipe. However, you can store the spice blend in a airtight container for later use.Print
Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry
My favorite chickpea curry recipe with a solid homemade curry powder, chickpeas, and cauliflower to help round out the richness. Serve on your favorite grain!
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 30 mins
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Cuisine: dinner
- 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
- 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
- 1 tablespoon fenugreek
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 2 whole cloves
- 4 teaspoons ground turmeric
- 2 teaspoons yellow mustard powder (or yellow mustard seeds, ground)
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
- ¼ teaspoon celery seeds
- 1 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small head cauliflower
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
- 1 to 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
- 1 cup cooked chickpeas (drained and rinsed if using canned)
- a pinch of red pepper flakes
- Brown Rice
- Greek Yogurt
- Combine cumin, coriander, fenugreek, and fennel seeds in a skillet and toast over medium heat until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Once toasted, add the spices along with the cloves to a grinder or mortar/pestle. Grind until combined.
- Transfer ground spices to a bowl along with remaining spices. Stir until well combined, set aside.
- Cut cauliflower into bite-sized pieces, about 3 to 4 cups total. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat and add minced garlic. Saute for 1 minute and then add cauliflower, 3 tablespoons of the curry powder, ½ teaspoon salt, and pinch red pepper flakes. Stir until well combined. Then add 1 cup coconut milk, 1 cup vegetable broth and chickpeas. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and let cook for 20 to 30 minutes. While cooking, add more vegetable broth as need to keep a desired consistency.
- Serve with brown rice and your favorite toppings.
Tips & Tricks: Can't find whole spices? I've also used all pre-ground spices before with good success. It's a great blend to have on hand when you want a bit of curry flavoring. Like on popcorn- so good!
Stock up: get the pantry ingredients you will need: cauliflower, coconut milk, chickpeas
Nutrition: see the information.
- Calories: 263
- Sugar: 3.5
- Sodium: 437
- Fat: 17.9
- Carbohydrates: 22.9
- Fiber: 7
- Protein: 7.9
- Cholesterol: 0
Recently, my curries have become akin to pizza or tacos. While I have favorites, I'll often check the refrigerator and use the vegetables I have on hand. Then, dinner goes from there. In general, the curry powder is what makes the difference. However, the toppings are a close second. Some additions/substitutions include:
Vegetables: I love cauliflower in curries. But other vegetables also work well including sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, peas, squash, greens or asparagus.
Chutney: I always have chutney my refrigerator. In particular, I usually have tomato, apple, or fig chutney. However, the type of chutney you make is really up to you. Around this time of year, I really love the apple version to pair with chickpea curry.
Grains: To serve the curry, I typically use brown rice. However, quinoa, cracked freekeh, or millet are also great bases for this chickpea curry. With this meal, I avoid longer cooking grains such as whole wheat berries or sorghum.
Chickpeas are the perfect star of the show. Because of this, I always have chickpeas on hand for quick meals (like these chickpea burgers). I prep a big batch on the weekend, freeze in 2 cup portions, and pull out/thaw whenever I need them. For inspiration, a few of my favorite chickpea recipes include:
Chickpea Cakes with Shaved Asparagus
Teriyaki Chickpea Loaded Sweet Potato
Recipe first published on February 25th, 2013. Last updated on September 6th, 2015.
Bev @ Bev Cooks says
Stephanie Wise says
Ugh, these photos -- GORGEOUS, lady! I can just taste the yummy curry already. 🙂
Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough
Katrina Mona says
As if you made your own! This look so freaking fabulous!
Pas de Deux Blog says
This sounds delicious, and right up my alley! I made a similar spice blend (inspired by Sarah B at My New Roots) that I have used with cauliflower, potato skillets, and most recently, a turnip-based "hummus." I can't wait to make this curry!
The "hummus" sounds amazing!
Fresh and Foodie says
This looks really fantastic. I love that you made your own curry powder.
Incredible food and pictures! This is my kind of curry dish and much healthier than what I probably do for take out 🙂
I would like to think it's a tad healthier than take out 🙂
Yay for homemade spice blends! I bet this curry is extra-amazing because of it. 🙂
Sonja / A Couple Cooks says
We must be on the same page again -- I was just going to try out something similar to this 🙂 Looks gorgeous as always! XO
Courtney Rae Jones says
Looks fantastic! Awesome spice blend too. I'll have to whip up a batch this week. I just bought some cauliflower today, so I think this will have to go on the menu plan this week.
Thank you! I'm finding I'll probably never buy spice blends again.
Did you mean yellow mustard seeds or just prepared yellow mustard??
Updated: yellow mustard powder or ground seeds
Made this tonight for dinner, everyone loved it! I didn't have fenugreek or celery seed so just made it without and it was still delicious. Served with naan bread and homemade tomato chutney. Thanks Ella!
Sorry, meant to say, thanks Erin! Hehe!
Just made this with a few extra tweaks - delicious! I've never been fond of cauliflower but this has changed my mind.
This was delicious. I made it for friends this evening. In addition to the cilantro, I topped it with chopped scallions (greens and all) and slivered almonds. I also put a quarter cup of sultanas in the double recipe I made. Looking forward to making more recipes from this site!
I can't wait to try this tonight! Put this into a calorie calculator and was happy to find out it only added up to 269 calories, without the rice. Wonderful!!!
Profumo di Sicilia - Piccolalayla says
I love spices ! La
Gabriella @ So We Go says
There's something so much more rewarding about grinding your own spice blend rather than getting a store bought option! These photos are really beautiful and making me crave some spicy food right now 🙂
Jade Barnes says
This looks amazing! I love chickpea curry, I do a Chicken and Chickpea curry! I will definitely try this recipe <3
Yum! I feel like I'm an apprentice learning about spices- there are ones I use with absolute confidence, and others that I have no idea what to do with. I rarely make my own blends, but this curry powder looks so good that I might have to.
Jennifer Stevens says
Yep. I need this. In my belly. This weekend.
Thanks for the recipe! 🙂
yummy!! can't wait to try the récipe 🙂
I live n Spain so finding all of these spices is not so easy, will a mix of garam masala and curry do?
You can use store-bought curry and be just fine!
If you were to use store-bought curry powder instead of this custom blend, do you have a rough estimate of what the measurement would be?
Hi Tess- I would still use about 3 (as long as it's not a spicy curry powder). If it is, cut it back to 2 to 3 teaspoons, taste, and add in as desired.
Penny Creager says
Made this last week for a visiting group from the local Rotary Club. It turned out pretty darn good, although, it really was rather spicy!
I've made this before and I'm making it again. I love the homemade curry powder. I suggest you post that as its own recipe. I use it exclusively in any dishes calling for curry powder. Thank-you!
So when using the pre-ground spices in place of the seeds wouldn't you need to adjust the amount?
Erin Alderson says
Yes, just slightly more. Food52 has a small cheat sheet: https://food52.com/blog/15413-how-to-convert-whole-spices-to-ground-measurements