When I think curry, I think anti-inflammatory, filling, comforting, scrumptious- and you’ll love this Cauliflower Chickpea version for all of those reasons. Don’t be afraid of the list of ingredients, because you probably have most of them in your pantry already. I like reserving a few spoonsful of the coconut cream from the top of the can of coconut milk, then dolloping on top of the hot curry and brown rice. Or even better, a drizzle of protein-packed tahini adds creaminess and richness. Yum!
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
What (your ingredients):
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ red onion, diced finely
¼ teaspoon salt
Pinch of pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced or sliced finely
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon paprika
1-2 dashes cayenne pepper (optional)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 yellow pepper, diced
1 head of cauliflower, chopped or sliced into small florets
1 cup vegetable broth
1 28-oz can diced tomatoes (San Marzano is best!)
1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 15-oz can full fat coconut milk
How (your directions):
In a large Dutch oven or large Wok, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add diced red onion, salt, and pepper, sautéing for about 3 minutes, until translucent.
Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Push onion and garlic mixture to one side of the Dutch oven or Wok, then add the coconut oil to the pan to melt. Add curry, turmeric, paprika, and cayenne pepper (optional) to the oil to release the fragrance of the spices and toast slightly.
Add tomato paste, yellow pepper, cauliflower, broth, diced tomatoes, chickpeas, and coconut milk (reserving a little coconut cream if desired for serving) and stir to combine.
Simmer on medium-low heat for 30-40 minutes.
Serve with brown rice and a drizzle of tahini. Salt and pepper to taste and enjoy hot!
Why (the science): Curcumin from turmeric may help prevent cognitive decline! Check out this guide to boosting brain health here: https://onmilwaukee.com/living/articles/milwaukeean-brain-health.html