WEEK 18: Closet Vegan ‘Pizza’ - Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry over Naan

I was cruising around the blogosphere the other day and stumbled on to Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry posted by Kevin over at Closet Cooking an incredibly prolific and wonderful food blogger.  Fantastic photography too.  Now if I could just get my smell o' vision to work properly.  It has been suggested that I prepare an Indian style pizza and so I guess Kevin was my muse.  Don't be concerned Kevin, I am totally harmless.  For the most part.  I halved the Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry, the original recipe is here.  It was light, and delicate.  A wonderful compliment to the naan I picked up.

It looks as though I have been having a vegan food obsession.  Perhaps I am.  I am not vegan, maybe part-time vegetarian, but certainly not vegan.  I don't think... is denial the first step to acceptance? 


 Closet Vegan 'Pizza'

Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry

  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ onion - chopped
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic - chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ginger - chopped
  • 1 small can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon chili sauce - optional
  • ½ head cauliflower - cut into florets
  • 1 small can chickpeas - rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ pound green beans - trimmed and sliced into 1" slices
  • salt to taste
  • cilantro - chopped - whatever you do don't skip this.  Delicious!!!

Heat oil in large pan.  Add the onion and curry powder and cook until the onion is tender, about 5-7 minutes.  Add the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about a minute. 

Add the tomatoes, chili sauce, cauliflower, chickpeas and water and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the cauliflower is tender, about 10-15 minutes. 

Add the green beans and cook until they are just tender and still crisp, about 3-5 minutes.  Serve over naan and garnish with cilantro. 

  • Posted on   04/03/09 at 05:05:40 PM   by Emily  | 
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Reader Comments (4)

Joie 04/05/09 11:48:04 PM

Denial is the final step towards acceptance. And I think Kevin is muse to a lot of people! Well done Emily.

Ryan 04/09/09 12:23:53 AM

I'm gonna make this, except I'm gonna add a curry sauce.
I can't wait to try it. Thanks Emily!

Lisa 04/16/09 04:23:04 PM

Naan is rarely vegan, it's usually made with yogurt.

Emily 04/16/09 05:29:05 PM

Hi Lisa-

Yes, Naan often uses yogurt but there are great vegan Naan recipes out there. Here is a great vegan Naan recipe to try out: http://www.veganlibre.com/2009/03/09/easy-vegan-naan/

Thanks, Emily

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