Sunday, January 8, 2012

Cauliflower, Eggplant, Chickpea Curry

Chickpea curries come in many forms, usually served in a robust sauce spiced with cinnamon and chillies, this is an excellent vegetarian option for a light meal, or side dish.  Taking this dish a step further, I add roasted cauliflower and eggplant which provides heartier portions.  Eating healthy doesn't meant you have to sacrifice flavor and I love using spices as a way of proving this concept.

Ingredients

15 oz chick peas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
2 cups cauliflower florets
2 Japanese or Italian eggplants, cut into medallions
3 cloves garlic
1 inch piece of fresh ginger
3 ripe tomatoes
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp ground cayenne
2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp mustard seeds
3 Serrano chillies, pierced
juice from half a lime
fresh chopped cilantro
2 tsp vegetable oil

In a large pan, heat one or two teaspoons of oil until glistening, then add the cinnamon, allspice and cardamon pods, once fragrant (about one minute), add the chillies and chopped onion, cooked until the onions are soft and begin to brown.  Next, in a food processor, blend the tomatoes, ginger and garlic until smooth, then pour into the pan, mix in the tamarind paste (or lime juice), turmeric, garam masala, eggplant and cauliflower, bring to a simmer and allow to cook until the vegetables are tender, then stir in the chick peas allowing to heat through and served with a sprinkling of cilantro.

8 comments:

  1. It looks amazing!!! I love, love chickpeas, cauliflower, and curry!

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  2. Thanks, I hope you try and enjoy this recipe!

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  3. This does look like a delicious blend of tasty veggies. I am always looking for new recipes for eggplant and this one does get my interest. Great idea adding it to this chickpea curry-well done!

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  4. Oh... this is heavenly! I love that you added the roasted cauliflower to the recipe: super-delicious.

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  5. Oh this is a cool dish! I have never cooked with chicpeas before. YUM!

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  6. What a great recipe, I love all the flavors! :)

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  7. Hi! thanks for stopping by my blog and checking out my recipes. I'm a first timer here as well. I'm looking forward to reading more! What great recipes!

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