Lovely for Lunch: Spicy Cauliflower and Chickpea Stew

Spicy Cauliflower and Chickpea Stew

See those leftovers? That was last nights dinner and today’s lunch. Some meals are just like that; as soon as you put down your fork after the first go-round, you’re already looking forward to the leftovers. I admit to making certain things for dinner just because I love the leftovers so much- bizarre, no?

I didn’t know this recipe was going to be one of those, but after one dinner and one lunch, I’m already hooked. I came across this Spicy Chickpea Stew while browsing The Kitchn‘s archives one bored afternoon. A guest post from Michael of the blog Herbivoracious, it caught my eye primarily because it uses two ingredients that I love eating, but am constantly struggling to get excited about cooking: cauliflower and chickpeas.


This “stew” (more like a curry, really) is made by simmering roast cauliflower florets in a mixture of onion, spices, and chickpeas. The flavour is slightly different from my usual curries, in that it includes a healthy dose of cinnamon (yum!) and fennel seeds (not usually a favourite of mine, but they work here).

Last night, I served this over brown rice with a dollop of Greek yogurt on the side. As delicious as it was, Andrew still felt that there was something missing. I think I hit on the right formula for my lunch today, though: served over pasta and sprinkled with cold feta cheese. But don’t think I’ll be letting him in on this discovery- more leftovers for me, this way.


Spicy Cauliflower and Chickpea Stew

adapted from this recipe by Herbivoracious

serves 4 with rice, pasta or couscous

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets
  • 4 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • sea salt
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups cooked (or canned and rinsed) chickpeas
  • juice of one lemon
  • black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped coriander, to serve
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, to serve

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F. Toss the cauliflower florets with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large baking pan. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of the cumin and a pinch or two of sea salt and roast for 20-30 minutes, until very tender and starting to brown all over. (Stir once or twice to ensure even roasting.)
  2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large non-stick saucepan and add the onion. Cook for 8-10 minutes over medium heat until soft and golden. Add the garlic and tomato paste and continue cooking for another minute or two, then add the remaining cumin, the turmeric, cinnamon, fennel seeds and cayenne. Cook for about 30 seconds until the spices are very fragrant.
  3. Add the chickpeas, lemon juice and about one cup of water. Cover and simmer over low heat until the cauliflower are done; when they are, add to the pan and bring everything to a low boil. Using a potato masher or the back of a wooden spoon, try to crush some of the chickpeas and cauliflower to thicken the sauce- you may need to add more water to achieve a “stew-like” consistency.
  4. Season to taste with salt and black pepper, then serve over rice, couscous or pasta. Sprinkle the coriander and feta over the top.

14 Responses

  1. Yep. Can eat this kind of thing all day long and the next day too. Good for you for getting creative with it!

  2. Dana- I’m glad I did- this is great with the feta.

    Hanna- Me, too. Unfortunately, there’s none left now 🙁

    Sally, Hil- The potholder was a stocking suffer. It’s made by Svenskt Tenn and I just love it. Far too pretty to actually use, so I’ll probably just use it for staging purposes 🙂

  3. i am in love with this recipe. this is the gazillionth time i’ve made it (switching curry with allspice+cumin and amping up the tomato flavor with canned crushed tomatoes).

  4. Wow this looks delicious! I’m definitely going to make it!

    Do you think it would be good at room temperature? I’m thinking of making it tomorrow and taking the leftovers to college the next day but I can’t warm them up… :$

  5. I love cauliflower, but not a spicy curry. Thinking to reduce the amount of cayenne pepper. Or maybe just leave it out. So will be a non-spicy curry for me. It’s so good to cook at home, so I can always adjust the spicy level of my dishes. 🙂

  6. Do russian women make good wife

    ?Well I am 26 male Indian my friend in college have Russian girlfriend for last 1 year and ever so happy and now plan to get married like new year.

    I left India when i was 20 lived in uk for 5 years and now in canada for just at least a year. My real question is for Western guys who have dated/married Russian girl/women.

    guess what, unfortunately with you, I never dated a ruskies female, But don you believe you basing this too much on race? buyers, anything their race is, Is different in regards personality. You can help who you love. Sure most females of a definite race have similar morals and ideals, But not every one. Every female of an entire race perhaps be the same. a majority may seem like it, But with such a highly amount of people ever, There are always some that will vary.

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    My advice to you is all ready freely, And whether a girl is a bad or good wife, that not based on her race, But on her nature. Don appear worried about that person race. Only fear their personality. If you see someone that you, do it. soon after days or weeks, If you truly don like them as we, Break off romantic relationship. You choose the best person eventually. Just don judge a person persona by their race.

    Practically any woman from any poor country is raised to be looking after your body her husband and children, Not so much more. They don have good exercising, So not much of enable you to get a nice job. In the west women have access to education and have equal rights with men. They don need a man to give them, So they don reason to be a “Nice partner, People in Canada/USA are proud to be equivalent. You came here to find a better life and equality is a part of that. here are a few “Good dearest, reexamine your Indian women from India. I am Russian and could not even date a guy with such a view on marriage.

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    as long Russian girls go, Every one I have ever met was a fine woman and a joy to be around but I can say if they make good wives. It does seem however that make sure that they aren American, these people have a better idea of how to be a wife. I don think American women genuinely wish to be wives anymore, a lot of them anyway. I can say that about each one. a few few who have made a very spectacular wife for their husbands but I sure haven found one.

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    Russian women are very beautiful and very standard, They believe in tradition and they take very good care of their husbands and families. I as a famous man married to a wonderful Russian lady, And I let you know, Russian women are one other of American women. American for women who live became too independent, Too edgy, Most are untrue, Most have lost antique values, Most have evolved into fat, and they’ll divorce their husbands over any stupid little thing.

    My wife and I have been happily married within the past 11yrs, And she is definitely a housewife, I could actually write pages on all she does, She takes great care of our home, Great care of our youngsters, And she takes great good care of me. What I have with my european wife, I could never have with as a famous woman, But having said that, A western man has to actually afford a Russian wife. As the old saying goes “each and rose has it thorns, absolutely, Russian women do make great wives, But Russian women are also very high repair.

    I lived around in other countries, And i have friends all over practically. first to dispel the insults towards american wives, I am yank, single over 26 years. I am home with our 25 yo autistic grown son while my better half chooses to work overseas 6 yrs. Holidays and seven days a week is lonely, add to this the fact he had an affair with a filipina, Who wanted his money and whatever dreadful get. This American wife forgave him and i have no plans to commit adultery, All my money takes place church, the exact property or our son.

    Living abroad 7 yrs ago i realised many many russian [And improve] Women come from alcoholic qualifications, They will do anything to leave their poverty and depressed environment. of course she will marry you.

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