Friday, April 30, 2010

Recipe: Spicy Cauliflower (Vegan)

This recipe, found in a recent issue of Body & Soul Magazine, caught my eye because the photo in the magazine looked fantastic. The recipe is part of a package called "How to be a Healthy Vegetarian."

While the end result was a hit that I'll certainly make again, next time I'm going to experiment with roasting the cauliflower in the oven instead of browning it in batches on the stove, because frankly I think the recipe took too long to prepare and dirtied more dishes than necessary.

Here is the unaltered version of the recipe:

3 tablespoons grapeseed oil (I used olive oil)
3/4 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons whole mustard seeds
1 large onion, thinly sliced (about 3 cups)
1/4 cup finely shredded peeled ginger
5 cloves garlic, very thinly sliced
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 medium head cauliflower (about 2 pounds), cut into large florets
3/4 cup water
1 cup cooked chickpeas
1-2 small red chiles, thinly sliced, seeds removed for less heat (I used jalapeno peppers instead)

The Ingredients


1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over high heat in a large skillet. Add spices and cook until fragrant and golden, 30 seconds to 1 minute.

2. Stir in the onion, 3 tablespoons ginger, 3 tablespoons garlic, and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Cook until onions are tender and golden at the edges, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.

3. Wash and dry pan and return to medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil; heat until shimmering. Add half the cauliflower and brown on one side, 3 to 5 minutes.

4. Remove from pan, and repeat with remaining oil, cauliflower, ginger, and garlic.

5. Combine batches of cauliflower in pan. Add water and remaining salt. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook until tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in chickpeas and chiles.

6. Cook uncovered until chickpeas are heated through and liquid is gone, about 3 minutes.

7. Stir in onions and serve.



Penelope Art & Design said...

These looks completely yummy!

Lauren said...

Oh wow, I am always looking for yummy cauliflower recipes. This sounds delicious!

Suz said...

Thanks for the recipe. I will definitely try it. I love cauliflower dishes.