Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry

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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!



Curry Powder:

  • 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
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seeds

Curry Base:

  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small head cauliflower
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 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

Serve with:

  • Brown Rice
  • Cilantro
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Chutney
  • Chapati
  • Limes


  1. 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.
  2. Transfer ground spices to a bowl along with remaining spices. Stir until well combined, set aside.
  3. 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, 1/2 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.
  4. 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.


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