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Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry

January 16, 2012

I’m always on the lookout for new cooking and baking ideas.  My cookbook collection, cookbooks from the library, Allrecipes, magazines, blogs, friends & family, and now Pinterest.  A few days ago I shared a smoothie recipe I had first found in a grocery store flyer.  Then this week’s flyer had another interesting-looking recipe for a vegetarian stew, featuring cauliflower, of which I had just bought a huge head for 98 cents.  I was curious to see if it was as quick to make as it claimed– 27 minutes for prep and cook time.  And indeed– less than half an hour after I started to assemble the ingredients it was ready.  And not only is it quick and easy, it is good.

Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry

(makes 2 servings, adapted from a Thrifty Foods flyer)

1 tablespoon canola oil

1/2 medium onion, chopped

1/3 head cauliflower, cut into small florets

1 medium red bell pepper, cut into 1″ pieces

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger

1 tablespoon mild curry paste

1 1/2 cups chickpeas

1/2 of a 400 mL can coconut milk or low-fat coconut milk

1/4 cup water

1/2 tablespoon corn starch

1/2 cup frozen peas

salt and pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a frying pan or wok over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for about 2 minutes. Add in the cauliflower, peppers, garlic and ginger. and cook for 3 to 4 more minutes.  Add the curry paste and cook 1 to 2 minutes more. Combine the coconut milk, water, and cornstarch, then add to pan, along with the chickpeas.   Bring to a simmer and continue simmering until the vegetables are cooked through, about 5 minutes. Mix in the peas and heat through. Season with salt and pepper.   Serve over basmati rice or other rice, couscous, and/or with warm naan bread.

I’d definitely make this again, but I would likely add more vegetables, such as carrot, green beans, or celery.

Where do you find new recipes?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jennie Frances permalink
    January 17, 2012 8:31 am

    It certainly looks good. I can always find new recipies on my daughter’s blog 🙂
    Did Chai like it?

  2. January 17, 2012 8:44 pm

    I usually find new recipes in my head. Or I will think of something and then do an Internet search for a recipe (I have no loyalties to any particular food websites).

    As you know, I am not a fan of most legumes. I also am sadly allergic to red peppers. Have you ever tried roasted cauliflower? I have heard that it is delicious. However, I do not enjoy cauliflower burps so I tend to stay away from it.

    Do you like Chinese noodles? I am on the search for some good ones. Limited selection here but I am thinking I should try some of the weird ones I have never had before. Alex asked me today why we couldn’t just use spaghetti noodles.

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