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Cauliflower and Chickpea Coconut Curry Recipe

Cauliflower and Chickpea Coconut Curry
The nice thing about moving from the frigid Midwest to the South is that you can gloat to all your family and friends back home about the weather when fall starts. “Oh, it snowed there today? That’s nice. It’s 70 here.” (Yes, I am a terrible person.) But a week or two ago, when I saw people posting pictures of the first snow of the year on Facebook, I felt a little bit jealous. Could it really be? Do I miss snow?!

The last winter we spent in Wisconsin, I pretty much had a mental break over the weather. I worked on the University of Wisconsin campus and I took the bus to work, which meant that I had to walk several blocks to my building everyday in the wee early hours of the morning. And those wee early hours were cold! The wind and the snow and the sub-zero temperatures would make my face ache and by the time I got to the office, my toes would always be numb no matter how many pairs of socks I layered on. I was done! Done with winter!

Cauliflower and Chickpea Coconut CurryBut now I feel a little nostalgic for it. Maybe not for the cold weather itself, but for looking out the window and watching the snow fall. And for that feeling of relief that hits you when you enter a warm building after being out in the cold. And for hot stews and curries on cold winter nights! On the worst of the winter days, I’d get home from work, put on my pajamas, and throw together a quick pot of soup or curry. I guess it’s that cozy, bundled up feeling that I miss. So I tried to remedy that with this Cauliflower and Chickpea Coconut Curry.

This is one of those recipes that I never needed a recipe for. Sometimes I’d make it with chickpeas only, other times I’d put different vegetables in it. It’s easy like that. It’s not a spicy curry and the creamy coconut sauce makes it perfect for serving over rice or with a side of naan. This curry is a heaping pot of winter comfort foodβ€”even if your winters involve sunny 60 degree days.

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Cauliflower and Chickpea Coconut Curry

Cauliflower and Chickpea Coconut Curry Recipe

An easy coconut curry made with chickpeas and cauliflower.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed (or 3 cups cooked chickpeas)
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14-ounce) can coconut milk
  • 1 medium head cauliflower, broken into florets
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Cooked rice or naan for serving

Instructions

  1. Heat the coconut oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and ginger and cook until softened, 5-7 minutes. Stir in the spices and cook until they’re fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the chickpeas, tomatoes, coconut milk, and cauliflower. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Uncover and cook 5 minutes more, or until sauce has thickened slightly. Season with salt and pepper to taste and garnish each serving with cilantro.

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122 Comments

  • Reply
    Caitlin
    November 21, 2013 at 9:30 am

    i think i get less and less tolerant of the cold every year. i just can’t handle it! i love this curry. it looks simple enough to throw together on a work night, which is what i’m all about. plus, cauliflower and chickpeas are always a win in my book.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 21, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      Yeah, there was a time when I looooved winter, but definitely as I got older, I got less enthusiastic about it.

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    Merri Live Local Greens
    November 21, 2013 at 9:32 am

    This looks delicious, and so easy! All of my curries seem to end up tasting the same, so I’ll have to give this one a go. It’s cold here in London so a warming curry is much needed!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 21, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      I hope you like it! πŸ™‚

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    Kalyn
    November 21, 2013 at 10:05 am

    You’re welcome to come and visit me in Utah if you really get a hankering for snow. And I live halfway up a mountain, so there is plenty of it. I confess I hate the snow, but now that I work at home it’s not so bad.

    Love the sound of this. Three of my favorite flavors combined!

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      Kiersten
      November 21, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      Yes, I think I would appreciate Wisconsin winters a lot more now that I work from home. I saw your snow posts on Facebook and I was feeling a little jealous!

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    Martina @ snapshotsandwhatnots
    November 21, 2013 at 11:56 am

    I know what you mean, Ireland doesn’t usually get cold cold, like blocked into your house because of snow cold but it does freeze and get pretty miserable for a few months – it’s also dark at 3.30pm too but here in SC it was 80 something degrees on Monday – that’s crazy….that’s better than Irish summer time. It makes it not feel like winter/christmas approaching time at all

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      Kiersten
      November 21, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      Yeah, I think that’s why the holidays have been creeping up on me these past few years–it’s because it doesn’t feel like winter!

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    Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today
    November 21, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    We did a similar thing, we moved for few months to Barcelona to avoid winter. It will be hard to move back to Berlin in January, just in a middle of winter…

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 21, 2013 at 9:04 pm

      Is that why you moved to Barcelona?! That sounds like a good reason to move there. πŸ™‚

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    Deb Oswald
    November 21, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    So our forecast for opening of deer hunting season is 14 for a high and below zero wind chills……. ugh.

    thanks for the great looking curry recipe. I had a cauli based Nepalese dish at a cool Nepalese restaurant off State street this past summer, SO GOOD!!! Sigh, I love Madison. Anyway, enjoy your weather, and are you sure you don’t want to visit?? πŸ™‚ Almost the whole state got snow last night. Lol

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      Kiersten
      November 21, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      It’s really already 14 degrees out up there?! Okay, I take back everything I said about missing it. πŸ˜‰ I guess I miss the SNOW, not the cold. Oh, and I love that Nepalese restaurant. Madison has so many great places to eat!

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    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
    November 21, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    You can come look out my Wisconsin window anytime girlfriend! I hate the cold, but can get over it when I realize how glorious summer feels. Also, jealous of your warm weather!!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 21, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      Yeah, the cold weather helps you appreciate the warmer weather that much more! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Tracy
    November 21, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I moved from Nebraska to Northern (almost Canada) Washington almost 4 years ago, so I understand. We had two seasons in the Midwest – Hot & Cold. Do I miss it? No. Not really. Maybe the heat after the 103rd day of cloudy skies. I very much love the fact I don’t have to scoop rain though πŸ™‚ I am lucky that the weather here is so mild that curries and chilies work practically any day of the year. I’ll be making this one tonight. Yay! Dinner solved!

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      Kiersten
      November 21, 2013 at 8:47 pm

      Yes, I always felt like Wisconsin didn’t have seasons–fall and spring seemed to last a week! My husband always says he’d like to move to the Pacific Northwest, but I don’t think I could deal with the dreariness. The temperate weather would be nice though!

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    Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate
    November 21, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    All I know is that I would miss snow terribly. I don’t think my wintery Canadian heart could take it!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 21, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      I never thought I would miss snow, but I kind of do. πŸ™‚ It’s so pretty!

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    Grace @ Earthy Feast
    November 21, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Southern snow is the best kind! I’m sure we will get some this year – even if it’s just for a day or so. I love how people freak out and rush to the store to buy milk and bread, school is canceled and work is closed – so fun! This dish looks absolutely perfect for a cold day – with or without snow. πŸ˜‰

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      Kiersten
      November 21, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      I think we only got one snow storm here in Raleigh last year. Maaaaybe two. But the one, I swear, it was not even an inch of snow and I had two appointments that day and both were cancelled because everything was shutting down. Craziness!

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    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl
    November 21, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    We are supposed to get our first snow here in Omaha today…I am actually slightly excited about it! πŸ˜‰

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 21, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      I am jealous! Send some snow this way. πŸ™‚

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    JulieD
    November 21, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    I do that gloating year-round but then it comes back to bite me when I’m complaining about how hot it is in the summer! πŸ™‚ This looks amazing…I love coconut curry!!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 21, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      Ha! Me too. Although in the midwest, the summers get pretty hot and humid too!

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    November 21, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    i lived in ID and IL before moving to TX, I was so sick of snow I hardly miss it except on Christmas morning. I am really hoping it will snow again on x-mas morning this year too. love love love curry with cauliflower and chickpeas.

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      Kiersten
      November 21, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      I’m originally from Illinois! I grew up in Mt. Prospect, outside of Chicago. πŸ™‚ It is kind of weird having Christmas with warm weather…

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    Katy
    November 21, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Love this easy meal, pinned! I live in a very wintery city and I don’t think I would miss the weather if I left. It’s soooo cold!

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      Kiersten
      November 21, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      I don’t think I’ll ever miss the 6 month long winters (well, they seemed that long at least!), but I would like at least a week with more than a dusting of snow. πŸ™‚

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    Robyn B | Modern Day Missus
    November 21, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Yum – that combo of cauliflower, chickpeas and coconut seems like such a good match!

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    November 21, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    This is calling my name!! Anything with coconut milk and cauliflower is okay in my book πŸ™‚

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    Joanne
    November 21, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    I’m fine with snow…so long that I can stay inside with the heat on and look at it and not have to go out in it ever. Preferably with curry. Mmm.

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      Kiersten
      November 25, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      Yes, snow is absolutely fine if I’m inside! πŸ™‚

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    Natalie @ Once Upon a Cutting Board
    November 21, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    As much as I complain about the cold and never-ending winters here, I know I’d miss winter if I moved somewhere south and barely got to experience it. A perfect compromise would be just a couple months of winter, not November to May like we had last year! There’s nothing better than coming home to warm comfort food on a cold day though and this fits the bill perfectly!

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      Kiersten
      November 25, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      Yeah, at the end of winter, I would always get SO desperate for a little sunshine. I remember one year, I had my final exams at the end of April and missed one of them because we got a freak snowstorm with several feet of snow and the buses stopped running. That is just wrong!

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    dishing up the dirt
    November 21, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    I’d do anything to move away from a state that has loooong winters. I’ll take snow every once in a while, but I’m a 70 degrees and always sunny kind of girl. This curry has my name written on it!

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      Kiersten
      November 25, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      Yes! I want to live somewhere that’s 70 degrees year-round too! Where is this magical place?!

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    November 21, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Snowing is fine with me, it’s nice if you can stay in the house with a cup of hot chocolate in hand or a glass of Gluewein :-)) what I really dislike is the cold rainy weather.
    Your chickpea curry looks warming and tasty!

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      Kiersten
      November 25, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      Yes, cold rainy weather is depressing for sure!

  • Reply
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    November 22, 2013 at 1:49 am

    I love curry, this looks like the ultimate comfort!

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    Genevieve
    November 22, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Every year once the really cold weather hits (and doesn’t go away for sooo long), I think to myself that I’m just not cut out for this climate (or that I’m not meant to be a Canadian) and I need to move somewhere warmer..but I bet I would miss the winter too! This is exactly the kind of warm comforting meal I’ve been craving lately, and I love Indian spiced dishes that aren’t too rich and heavy, so this sounds perfect!

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      Kiersten
      November 25, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      I always used to say the same thing–“I was not supposed to be born in the Midwest!”

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    Becca
    November 23, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Wow, your photos are beautiful! This curry is right up my alley. *licks lips*

  • Reply
    Ines
    November 23, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Hi Kiersten,
    I made this today and it actually was the first curry I made and which I liked!
    The ones before sometimes tasted like they should have been dessert and some, which I made with my old curry spice mix, were gross, because of the spice mix.
    I recently received some real Indian spices from India as a gift and this was perfect for trying them out πŸ™‚

    What I am wondering: If you eat it with naan, do you make the naan yourself? Do you have a good recipe at hand?

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      Kiersten
      November 25, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Thank you for your feedback–I’m so glad you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚ Unfortunately no, I don’t have my own naan recipe. I buy it at my local grocery store!

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    Brenda Williams
    November 24, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Ice falling this morning in Weatherford, OK and snow is suppose to be on the way. This recipe sounds so good!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 25, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      I think snow is definitely preferable to ice! Maybe you will have a white Thanksgiving. πŸ™‚

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