Easy, child-approved vegan cauliflower & chickpea curry

This chickpea and cauliflower curry is a deliciously fragrant veg-packed vegan dish that’s quick & easy to make. Adjust the heat levels easily to suit your family’s taste.

Currying favour

Are there any foods you enjoy but rarely make, because no-one else can agree about them? That’s what it’s like with curry in our house. Kipper will only eat the tamest, mildest version, while DH wants it to blow his socks off, and I’m probably somewhere in the middle. 

This cauliflower & chickpea curry is a deliciously fragrant veg-packed vegan dish that's quick & easy to make. Adjust the heat levels easily to suit your family's taste.

The spice is right

However, recently, DH was away for work, and I had my periodic hankering after a curry. Figuring I only had one other person to please, it seemed like a good time to make it! I could spice the dish lightly, and no-one would complain. Ideal.

Rice, rice, baby…

The only problem was that curry is typically served with rice, which is probably Kipper’s least favourite source of carbs. She pushes it round her plate, eats whatever dish came with it, and then has to be cajoled into having a forkful of rice so she’s eaten some of everything on her plate. 

There must be something else that could be served with a curry, right?

This cauliflower & chickpea curry is a deliciously fragrant veg-packed vegan dish that's quick & easy to make. Adjust the heat levels easily to suit your family's taste.

Raise a toast!

There is! I mean, rice is typical, but a delicious chunky vegetable curry goes with just about anything. In Mumbai, the traditional dish of pav bhaji is a thick veggie curry served with a warm bread roll. Kipper loves bread! I had found the solution.

We ate our gloriously mild and delicious cauliflower curry atop slices of lightly toasted sourdough, and it was wonderful.

Shhh! Secret ingredients…

There are a couple of really great things about this deliciously simple curry.

  1. Because it’s made using a ready-made spice paste, you can easily adjust the spice/heat levels to your preference. I used a mild curry paste but if you like it hotter, simply choose something with a bit more va-va-voom.
  2. As well a having big chunks of cauliflower in it, the sauce is also packed with ‘hidden’ veg – carrot, celery and onion. I’m not usually an advocate of hiding vegetables, as I think Kipper has a right to know what’s in her dinner! But in this instance combining them into the sauce gives it a wonderful rich flavour and a thick satisfying texture. You can always confess what’s in there, or get your diners to try and guess the secret ingredients – a game we often enjoy at dinnertimes.

So however you choose to serve it (with bread, rice, or whatever) I hope your family all agrees that this vegan chickpea and cauliflower curry knocks your socks off – even if it’s completely mild!

This cauliflower & chickpea curry is a deliciously fragrant veg-packed vegan dish that's quick & easy to make. Adjust the heat levels easily to suit your family's taste. Serve with rice, or on toast for a tasty treat.

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5 from 4 votes

Easy vegan cauliflower & chickpea curry

A delicious vegan curry that's packed with vegetables. Adjust the spices to your taste!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Vegan
Keyword cauliflower, curry
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Helen

Ingredients

  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 3-4 tbsp curry paste (I used mild but you can choose whatever level of heat you prefer)
  • 4-6 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 400 ml can coconut milk
  • 200 ml vegetable stock (scant 1 cup)
  • 1 medium/large cauliflower
  • 400 g can chickpeas, drained
  • 4 slices bread of your choice (optional)
  • chopped coriander to garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Peel the onions and carrots and wash and trim the celery. Cut into chunks and put into the food processor. Blend to a chunky paste.
  • Peel the garlic and add to the food processor with the curry paste. Process for a few more moments until everything is well amalgamated into a coarse paste.
  • Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium-high flame. Add the vegetable paste and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cut the florets from the cauliflower. Soak in salted/acidified water for a few minutes then rinse and check thoroughly. Set aside.
  • Add the coconut milk and stock to the pan and stir well to combine. Allow the sauce to come up to a gentle simmer. Add the prepared cauliflower and the chickpeas to the sauce.
  • Mix well, then cover the pan and reduce the heat to low. Leave the curry to simmer gently for around 20 minutes until the cauliflower is very tender.
  • When ready to serve, toast the bread lightly, then put each piece on a plate and spoon some of the curry over. Sprinkle with chopped coriander, if using, and serve hot.

If you love curry, you might also like this recipe for easy lentil and mushroom curry with coconut, this sweet potato, spinach and chickpea curry, or this comforting feel-good fish curry.

This cauliflower & chickpea curry is a deliciously fragrant veg-packed vegan dish that's quick & easy to make. Adjust the heat levels easily to suit your family's taste.

10 Comments:

  1. This looks so yummy! I had never thought of serving curry with bread, but it really works here!

  2. 5 stars
    The kiddos would definitely love this one! Huge fan of curry – I make it all the time in different ways – and this one is great. Milder curry for the kids, but it’s a great way to introduce some spicier elements.

  3. 5 stars
    I’m impressed that your little one likes curry. So many children don’t, but also so nice of your to put it on toast! This is the kind of healthy meal I’ve been craving.

    • Thanks Lisa. She enjoys the flavours but not the heat, so a mild creamy curry like this one is perfect for her. Curry was actually one of the first foods she ate when she started weaning – I tried to give her something plainer but she wanted what was on MY plate! I guess she’s never looked back!

  4. 5 stars
    HUGE curry fan here and this version looks amazing! Love that it’s vegan.

    • Thanks Jennifer. We’re trying to eat more vegan and veggie foods but this one happened by accident – there was just no need to add any animal-derived ingredients!

  5. 5 stars
    This sounds delicious! Love that thought outside of the box a bit and served it on toast. Thanks for sharing!

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