Cauliflower Chickpea Curry

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This cauliflower chickpea curry is such a delicious, healthy recipe. Make this vegan dish for lunch or dinner. It’s addictive!

Cauliflower chickpea curry in a bowl

I could eat this cauliflower chickpea curry for lunch every day. I wouldn’t get tired of it for a long time.

Cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables, and I love how it soaks up the flavors of different sauces. It’s like a little sponge.

Chickpea curry with scallions

A friend of mine recently told me about Trader Joe’s Curry Simmer Sauce. I gave it a try with cauliflower and lentils. It was too spicy for me, but it got me thinking. The homemade red curry sauce in this cauliflower curry dish is my toned-down version of that Trader Joe’s sauce.

Cauliflower Chickpea Curry Tips

Cauliflower, chickpeas, and red pepper make a delicious combination here, but you can use any vegetables you like. I use Trader Joe’s curry powder, which is fairly mild. Feel free to increase the spices for a more fiery curry.

When you drain the can of chickpeas, you can use the liquid to make aquafaba. This can be used as an egg substitute in vegan baking, among other uses.

If you don’t care for chickpeas, you can substitute 2 cups of cooked lentils in this cauliflower curry. This will increase the protein in the dish, and the flavor is just as good.

For some other delicious curry dishes, try my curry chicken salad, slow cooker apple chicken curry, and sheet pan chicken curry with vegetables. There are so many different ways to enjoy this irresistible flavor!

Cauliflower Chickpea Curry

This cauliflower chickpea curry is such a delicious, healthy recipe for lunch or dinner. It features cauliflower, chickpeas, red pepper, and curry tomato sauce.
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Cauliflower curry in a bowl
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:20 minutes
Total Time:30 minutes

Recommended Equipment


  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup vegetable broth or other broth
  • 2 tsp pure maple syrup or other sweetener
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 head cauliflower chopped
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 15 oz can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 2 scallions diced


  • In a large skillet, combine tomato sauce, broth, maple syrup, curry powder, cumin, and salt. Stir together and cook over medium heat until it begins to bubble.
  • Lower the heat to medium-low and add the chopped cauliflower. Cover the skillet and cook for 5 minutes. Then add the red pepper. Continue to cook, covered, until the vegetables are almost tender (another 5 to 10 minutes). Add the chickpeas and cook for another couple minutes, until everything is tender.
  • Serve warm with scallions on top.

Approximate Nutrition Info

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 858mg | Potassium: 507mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 796IU | Vitamin C: 58mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg
Servings: 8
Calories: 91kcal
Cost: $.86 per serving

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Price Breakdown

This recipe costs a total of $6.85 to make, or $.86 per one-cup serving. Try this cauliflower curry for a healthy, affordable lunch or dinner.

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Note: This recipe was originally published in 2015, and it was updated in 2020.


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  2. This is a great way to start a vegetarian curry. I’ll make mine spicier, but would definitely start with your basics and work my way to my own heat level. Cauliflower is perfect as the vegetable “star” too.

  3. I have a whole head of cauliflower in the refrigerator begging to be used in this recipe. I love the bargain factor, too!

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