Easy Cauliflower and Chickpea Masala

Easy Cauliflower and Chickpea Masala

An easy and inexpensive Indian dish to make. This cauliflower and chickpea masala is best eaten over rice or with homemade naan. Substitute the heavy cream with a non-dairy alternative to create a vegan-friendly version.

Adapted from Budget Bytes

Ingredients

Metric System
Servings
  • salt
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • black pepper
  • 2.7 oz heavy cream
  • 2 oz water
  • 1 can peas
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 12 oz cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp garam masala
  • 0.5 tsp cumin
  • 0.5 tsp turmeric
  • 0.5 tsp paprika
  • 0.3 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion
  • 3 clove garlic
  • 1.5 tsp ginger
  • Step 1

    In a small bowl, combine the spices for the masala spice mix (garam masala, cumin, turmeric, smoked paprika, cayenne, salt, and pepper).

    Step 2

    Finely dice the onion, mince the garlic, and grate the ginger. Add all three to a large skillet along with the olive oil and sauté over medium heat until the onions are soft and translucent (about 3 minutes). Add the spice mix and continue to sauté for one more minute.

    Step 3

    Add the frozen cauliflower florets to the skillet with the aromatics and spices, and continue to sauté for about 5 minutes more, or until the cauliflower have thawed through and are completely coated in spices.

    Step 4

    Add the drained chickpeas, tomato sauce, and 1/4 cup water to the skillet. Stir to combine, then allow them to simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes. This will help mellow the acidity of the tomato sauce and allow the spices to blend. If the mixture becomes too dry as it simmers, add a couple more tablespoons of water.

    Step 5

    After the sauce has simmered for 15 minutes, turn off the heat and stir in the heavy cream. Give the masala a taste and add salt as needed. Serve in a bowl either over rice or with a piece of bread for dipping.

    Step 1

    Give the masala a taste and add salt as needed. Serve in a bowl either over rice or with a piece of bread for dipping.

  • salt
  • black pepper
  • Step 2

    Turn off the heat and stir in the heavy cream.

  • 0.333333333333333 cup heavy cream
  • Step 3

    Stir to combine, then allow them to simmer over medium-low heat.

    Step 4

    Add the ingredients to the skillet.

  • 0.25 cup water
  • 1 can peas
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • Step 5

    Add the frozen cauliflower to the skillet with the aromatics and spices.

  • 12 oz cauliflower
  • Step 6

    Add the spice mix and continue to sauté for one more minute.

    Step 7

    In a small bowl, combine the spices for the masala spice mix.

  • 2 tbsp garam masala
  • 0.5 tsp cumin
  • 0.5 tsp turmeric
  • 0.5 tsp paprika
  • 0.25 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • black pepper
  • Step 8

    Add all three to a large skillet along with the olive oil over medium heat.

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Step 9

    Finely dice the onion, mince the garlic, and grate the ginger.

  • 1 onion
  • 3 clove garlic
  • 0.5 tbsp ginger
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