30 Minute Cauliflower & Chickpea Curry

20140526-DSC_7021-2As a food blogger, I love to cook. And I love to eat! But most week days, the last thing I want to do after work is cook. The weekends are another story. I usually marathon cook and bake on the weekends! After work, I often look to meals that will take about 30 minutes (for both the prep and cooking time). This cauliflower and chickpea curry is one of our family favourite quick & easy recipes. We have it a few times every month. Not only does it come together quickly, it’s also incredibly delicious and packed with protein and fibre. It’s filling and leaves us enough left overs for lunch the next day. Bonus! The ingredient list may look a tad long, but most of the ingredients are spices you likely have in your pantry. I prefer to use fresh ginger and garlic for this recipe, but ground ginger and garlic powder are just fine. Since I use ginger in a lot of cooking, I like to keep a few pieces of peeled ginger in the freezer. Whenever I need a bit of ginger, I pull a piece out of the freezer, grate enough for my recipe and put the rest back in the freezer. Works great!

Here’s a few of our other favourite 30 minute meals:

Pineapple & Cashew Quinoa Curry Bowls

Sweet & Sour Vegetable Stir-Fry

Roasted Cauliflower and Red Onion Pasta

Veggie Chili Mac

Chilled Thai Noodle Salad

Cheesy Vegetable Tamale Pie

Mexican Mac & Cheese

Moroccan Roasted Vegetable Couscous

Vegetarian Thai Peanut Stir-Fry

What’s your favourite 30 minute meal? (feel free to include a link in your comments!)

30 Minute Cauliflower & Chickpea Curry

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Serving Size: 1 and 1/2 cups


  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of grated ginger (or 1 teaspoon of ground ginger)
  • 2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne (optional)
  • 2 cups of low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 small to medium cauliflower, cut into florets (about 6 cups)
  • 1-14 ounce (398ml) can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup of unsalted cashews
  • 1/2 cup of golden raisins
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parsley or cilantro for garnish
  • 4 cups of cooked brown rice or basmati rice


  1. Cook rice according to package.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and sugar. Sauté for 6 minutes, or until the onions are soft and translucent. Add the garlic, ginger, balsamic vinegar, curry powder, cumin and cayenne. Stir until the spices and onion form a paste. Whisk in the vegetable broth.
  3. Add cauliflower florets and chickpeas. Bring curry to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes on low-medium heat. Add the cashews and raisins. Cook for 5 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper (about 1/4 teaspoon each).
  4. Serve curry over brown or basmati rice. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley or cilantro.

Source: loosely adapted from Canadian Living Magazine 


    • thefigtree says

      Me too! I love meals where you can throw some veggies and beans together and call it a day. Then you know you are getting lots of fibre, protein, vitamins etc.

    • thefigtree says

      Me too! This is definitely one of my fav curry recipes, because it’s quick yet has lots of flavour. And I love cauliflower in curries. It absorbs lots of the flavour as it cooks. Yum!

    • thefigtree says

      Not a problem! I’m glad you enjoy chickpea curries too! This is my fav for a quick week night meal :)

    • thefigtree says

      Me too! 30 minute meals are the best – especially healthy ones with some beans and veggies. Then you know you’re getting enough protein, fibre and vitamins. Sometimes it’s tough to make quick meals where you get enough of everything you need.

  1. says

    I am definitely going to try this soon! I agree, I only make more time consuming recipes on weekends; this looks perfect for weeknight cooking and I love chickpea curry! I also love your idea of keeping ginger in the freezer – why didn’t I think of that!

    • thefigtree says

      I saw the ginger trick on some cooking show and it’s been a huge help! I used to buy ginger, use a small piece and the rest would go bad. Now I just peel it and keep it in a freezer bag in the freezer. It grates perfectly into recipes as needed :)

  2. Muna A says

    I made this yesterday for dinner and it turned out great! I’ve never cooked a curry before so was really pleased with this dish. As a vegetarian I am having fun introducing my new non-veggie husband to tasty vegetarian/vegan dishes, he loved it too!

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