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1-Pot Yellow Chickpea Cauliflower Curry

Easy, 1-pot Vibrant Yellow Curry with cauliflower and chickpeas! A 30-minute hearty and satisfying entrée or side perfect over greens, cauliflower rice, or grains!
Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Category: Entree
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Thai-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 5 Days

Ingredients

CURRY

  • 2 Tbsp water (or coconut oil)
  • 1/3 cup shallot (chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh ginger (minced)
  • 1 small serrano pepper (seeds removed, finely chopped // omit for less spice)
  • 3-4 Tbsp red or yellow curry paste* (Thai Kitchen or Thai True brands // adjust to preferred spice level)
  • 2 cups light coconut milk (canned // sub full-fat for richer, creamier curry)
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup* (plus more to taste)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut aminos (or sub tamari or soy sauce if not gluten-free), plus more to taste
  • 1 cup cauliflower (chopped)
  • 1 1/4 cup cooked chickpeas* (rinsed and drained)

SALAD / BOWL optional

  • Cauliflower rice, quinoa, or rice*
  • Greens
  • Cilantro
  • Red onion
  • Lime wedges
  • Sesame seeds
  • Avocado

Instructions

  1. Heat a large pot, rimmed cast-iron, or metal skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add water or coconut oil, shallot, garlic, ginger, and serrano pepper. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.

  2. Add curry paste (starting with the smallest suggested amount and adding more later if needed) and stir. Cook for 2 minutes more. Add coconut milk (see photo), turmeric, maple syrup or coconut sugar (optional), coconut aminos (or tamari), and stir. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.

  3. Once simmering, add cauliflower and chickpeas and slightly reduce heat. You want a simmer, not a boil, which should be around low to medium-low heat.
  4. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, to soften the cauliflower and chickpeas and infuse them with curry flavor. Keep at a simmer - lower heat if boiling.
  5. At this time, taste and adjust the flavor of the broth as needed. We added more coconut sugar for sweetness, coconut aminos for saltiness, and turmeric for earthiness. You can also add more curry paste for more spice and intense curry flavor. Don't be shy with seasonings - this curry should be very flavorful.
  6. Serve as is, or over rice, quinoa, or greens (optional). Garnish with desired toppings such as sesame seeds, cilantro, lime, or diced red onion (optional).
  7. Store leftovers in the refrigerator up to 5 days or in the freezer up to 1 month. Reheat on a stovetop. Add additional coconut milk if it needs more moisture.

Notes

*Based on my research, the only difference between red and yellow curry paste is lemon juice and turmeric powder. So if you have yellow curry paste, use that and omit the extra turmeric (to taste). But if using red (as I suggest), simply include the turmeric as instructed.
*Ensure that your curry paste is vegan friendly (and does not contain fish ingredients). We love this brand.
*In place of maple syrup, you can also substitute coconut sugar.
*1 1/4 cup cooked chickpeas is equal to 1 15-ounce (425 g) can chickpeas.
*Find my favorite method for cooking brown rice at Saveur!
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional ingredients and with water (not oil).
*Inspired by our Coconut Curried Golden Lentils and the "bombay" bowl at Vibe in Newport Beach.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 4)