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Masala-Spiced Chickpeas and Cauliflower

Yields6 ServingsPrep Time10 minsCook Time30 mins

Masala dishes like this one are popular in Northern India. In this recipe, chickpeas and cauliflower are simmered along with Indian spices like cumin and turmeric. Delicious over rice or scoop it up with naan.

Masala-Spiced Chickpeas and Cauliflower

Garam Masala
 2 tsp ground coriander
 1 tsp ground cumin
 ¼ tsp ground chili pepper
 ¼ tsp ground tumeric
 6 tbsp water, divided
 2 small onions, finely chopped
 ½ head of cauliflower, cut in florets
 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
 2 cloves garlic, minced
 ¾ tsp salt
 2 cups fresh tomatoes or 2 cups canned diced tomatoes
 ½ cup frozen sweet peas (optional)
 1 ½ tsp lemon juice
 ¼ cup chopped cilantro

Prepare garam masala by toasting spices over medium heat until brown. Set aside.


In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add onions and 2 tablespoons of water and cook, stirring frequently.


When water evaporates and pan begins to brown, add 2 more tablespoons of water scraping the brown from the bottom of the pan. Repeat process until onions are a light brown.


Add toasted spices and stir for a minute.


Stir in chickpeas, cauliflower, garlic, salt, and 2 tablespoons of water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for 7 minutes or until the first few chickpeas begin to split. If mixture begins to dry, add a little more water, a tablespoon at a time.


Add tomatoes and optional sweet peas and cook for 7 more minutes.


Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and chopped cilantro.


Serve over brown rice.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 251
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g8%

Saturated Fat 1g5%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 850mg36%
Total Carbohydrate 42g15%

Dietary Fiber 10g40%
Sugars 3g
Protein 16g32%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.