Saturday, March 23, 2013

Curried-Tomatoey Cauliflower and Garbanzos

First let me apologize for the truly crummy photo of this wonderful dish.  This is so good and is definitely one of my favorites, so I'm bummed that I couldn't take a decent photo of it.  Some shots, like this one, were too red, others were bland-white and others unappetizing brown.  Ah, so be it.  It's a tasty dish, just trust me.  I mentioned a couple of posts ago for my Savory Yellow Split Pea and Cauliflower Soup how I really like mixing tomato flavors and cauliflower, and this is definitely a dish that showcases that partnership well.  I first found the inspiration for this dish in one of those little booklets that come with an exercise DVD set purchased off an infomercial.  The ingredients are basically the same, I think - it's been so long - but, the quantities of each have changed over the years into what pleases me best.  Oh, yeah!  I guess you can serve this over rice or cous cous, but I love it just by itself.  And, it's so healthy, I completely pig out on it.  I mean, of course, I watch my portion control, so my family can have their share, ahem.  Give this a try, and see if you don't shovel spoonful after spoonful in.

Curried-Tomatoey Cauliflower and Garbanzos


2 Tbs. olive oil
1 head of cauliflower, coarsely chopped into bite-sized pieces
1 white onion, halved and sliced
1 - 6oz. can of tomato paste
2 cups water
1 - 15oz. can garbanzo beans, drained
1 Tbs. curry powder
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper


In a large pan, heat the oil over medium high heat.  When hot, add the cauliflower and onion and cook for ten minutes, stirring frequently.  Turn the heat down to medium.  Add the tomato paste and water directly into the pan.  Stir gently to blend.  Cook for another two or three minutes.  Turn the heat down to medium low and add the rest of the ingredients.  Cook for another five minutes, or until the cauliflower is fork tender.  It should be a bit brothy, but not soupy or dry -- just right!  Can eat like this or serve over your favorite grain.  Mm-mm-mmm!  Feeds five hungry vegans.


  1. Oh my that looks so yummy...must make this one. Also BM if you take a photo were the orange or red tones are dominating, always use a green plate...greens kills red and orange tones. Red kills green tones...I learned this in beauty school while learning how to color hair...The color wheel was always my chemistry brain.I hope this helps in taking your great me your dish looked to yummy to realize the food and plate colors were almost the same...chao!

  2. Yum! I would definitely enjoy this! I love curried cauliflower, so I think this flavor combo sounds perfect.

  3. This sounds great. A totally classic flavor combo. I don't eat cauliflower anywhere near as much as I'd like to.

  4. Garbonzo beans are such a great addition to so many meals. The photo looks fine, really. It's so hard to get food shots sometimes, isn't it? Very frustrating!

  5. Millie, just to let you know, the plate is white! That is how bad the photo is.

    Ingrid, you've got to have some of this, for sure.

    FF, this will make up for all your negligence.

    Molly,it is frustrating. Perhaps if I had a better camera, sigh.

  6. Looks really great. That exercise DVD wasn't a total waste of money after all.;-)

  7. I love this recipe because we are not eating carbs after 3pm these days. So this is perfect. Thanks for sharing.

  8. SV, hah! Yes, I did do SOME exercise off of it. :-)

    blackhuff, this would be perfect for you guys!

  9. I get the same problem with my photos half the time - except everything goes yellow, like all my food has jaundice! Clearly something to do with the lighting, but I've never worked out what it is...

    Still, I can just know that cauliflower and chick peas is always going to be a winner. I bet it's one of those things you eat knowing that it's really healthy and still incredibly tasty!

  10. I love, love chickpeas. And cauliflower too. Thank goodness my husband doesn't like either one--more for me! :)

    My food pictures come out weird too. I can correct most of the problems with

  11. Joey, I eat way to much of it with that knowledge! I'm always in awe of bloggers that have picture-perfect photos.

    Sage, I've never heard of that site. Maybe I'll check it out. Unfortunately, my hubs loves this dish as much as I do, so I have to share...

  12. I love curried cauliflower and tomatoes, too — such a great combination. Do you know how to set the white balance for your camera? If you can set it to match the light source (sun, shade, incandescent, fluorescent) the photos will be more true to life.

  13. Andrea, oooo, I'll have to check out that feature. Thanks!