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Golden Chickpeas and Curried Cauliflower

golden chickpeas and curried cauliflower

Skip the Indian takeout and try this super easy recipe for golden chickpeas and curried cauliflower. This recipe not only packs in the restaurant quality flavor, but, with plenty of inflammation reducing turmeric, it comes with a side of health benefits. With lots of fiber and protein, and some natural fats from the coconut milk, this meal will leave you feeling satiated for hours.

My favorite way to eat cauliflower is to roast it (I don’t really understand why people eat raw cauliflower). Putting cauliflower in the oven brings out the best flavor and texture from the vegetable. It certainly changed my cauliflower-suspicious husband’s opinion, as it went from being one of his least favorite vegetables to a top choice after I prepared it with this method. Roasted cauliflower gets nice and chewy on the outside, crispy on some of the thin edges, with buttery soft insides that almost seem to melt in your mouth. Tossing the cauliflower in a simple combination of salt and curry powder, with a little oil (which can be reduced, if you’re watching your oil intake), gives all the flavor you need. To be honest, sometimes I’ll just eat a bowl of curry roasted cauliflower and call it dinner. It’s so good.

golden chickpeas and curry roasted cauliflower

The golden chickpeas are deceptively simple to make, given how great the finished product tastes. It can easily be made a day in advance, not only does this add to it’s convenience, but like most curries, it tastes even better the next day. Onion, garlic, and chili provides the flavor base for the dish. I like to think of those (and sometimes ginger is included) as the Indian version of a mirepoix.

Using a pre-made curry powder keeps the spice list nice and short, with only a little extra turmeric added for enhancing that beautiful golden color and for an extra pop of savory flavor to balance the sweetness of the coconut milk. A bit of paprika and adds some chili flavor without the heat. That pinch of cinnamon adds some subtle sweet heat to the dish, and a little je ne sais quoi that rounds out the flavor of the dish. Coconut milk adds a lot of body to the dish. The creaminess it provides brings that restaurant quality richness without adding a ton of oil. Adding citrus brightens the flavors of the chickpeas and makes everything pop.  This dish is guaranteed to satisfy.

Serve with some basmati rice or Indian flat bread to make it a complete meal.

Let me know how it comes out if you try it! Enjoy!

golden chickpeas and curry roasted cauliflower

Golden Chickpeas and Curried Cauliflower

Golden Chickpeas and Curried Cauliflower

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

Curried chickpeas and roasted cauliflower and served over basmati rice in this delicious, healthy vegan meal.


Curried Cauliflower

  • 1 large cauliflower*, cut into florets
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 tsp curry powder*
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Golden Chickpea Curry

  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 large onion, diced (~1/2 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 serrano pepper, seeded for less heat, minced
  • 2 tsp curry powder*
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 cups (28 oz can) chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups (15 oz can) coconut milk
  • 1 tsp salt, or to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice, or to taste*
  • basmati rice, for serving


To make the cauliflower

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 ºF and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment.
  2. Toss cauliflower with oil, curry powder, and salt. Spread out in an even layer in the baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes, stir, then bake an additional 10-15 minutes until cauliflower is tender and lightly browned in spots.Set aside.

To make the curry

  1. Heat a heavy bottomed pot over medium heat. Melt the coconut oil, then add the onion. Cook for about 5 minutes until softened and lightly browned.
  2. Add the garlic and chili to the pot, and let cook for about 30 seconds. Add the spices and chickpeas, then stir to coat.
  3. Pour in the coconut milk, stirring, and bring it to a simmer. Simmer partially covered for 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened and chickpeas have softened. Turn off the heat, add the lemon or lime juice, then taste and adjust for seasoning.
  4. Serve the chickpeas and cauliflower with some basmati rice and extra citrus.


*my cauliflower was cut into 10 cups of florets, if yours is very different, adjust the spices (especially the salt!) to match

*use any brand curry powder, but note that they vary in flavor, and some of them contain salt, so always taste your food before adjusting seasoning!

*This is approximately the juice from 1 whole lime, or 1/2 a lemon

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Saturday 19th of November 2022

I love this recipe!! It’s so warm and comforting and absolutely delicious. Just a note that there’s a slight inconsistency with the ingredient of Serrano pepper listed and then chili pepper when I’m the instructions. I almost never have them on hand anyway so I use some cayenne and top with jalepeño… not a perfect match but they suit the dish just fine in my opinion

Darla Dawn

Tuesday 1st of January 2019

Absokutely beautiful!!! Makes for a gorgeous presentation The lime does make it pop All the subtle flavours each make an appearance with each bite I used garlic I grew myself and delightful Spices frim Silk Spice Road I am so happy to be, tomorrow, sharing this meal with my boyfriend. He will be impressed! Super easy and fun to make Very true Roasting the cauliflower takes it to new levels of wow!


Monday 2nd of April 2018

Hi! I am so ready to make this recipe. When do I add in the citrus juice?


Tuesday 3rd of April 2018

Thank you for replying! I made it tonight and am absolutely obsessed with it, ha! I've never added citrus to curry which was why I was originally curious. Total curry game changer. Adding this one to the recipe vault!


Monday 2nd of April 2018

Hi Andrea, sorry about that! Add the lemon juice in right at the end, just stir it in after the curry is done simmering and then taste and add more lemon or salt as desired. I’ll update the recipe.


Tuesday 21st of March 2017

This recipe was super delicious and really easy to make! Thanks for sharing it :-) The fiancé approves as well, he went for seconds before he had finished his firsts!


Tuesday 21st of March 2017

Yay, I'm so happy to hear this! Thank you for sharing! ??

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