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Cauliflower and chickpea stew

Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Stew

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My family’s favorite chickpea stew is loaded with beautiful roasted cauliflowers, carrots, and tomatoes. The warm Mediterranean spice mixture, including turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, and paprika deeply flavors this comforting vegan chickpea stew.


  • 1 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 1/2 tsp  ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp Sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp ground green cardamom
  • 1 whole head cauliflower, divided into small florets
  • 5 medium-sized bulk carrots, peeled, cut into 1 1/2″ pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • Private Reserve extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 14-oz cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes with its juice
  • 1/2 cup parsley leaves, stems removed, roughly chopped
  • Toasted slivered almonds (optional)
  • Toasted pine nuts (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the spices.
  3. Place the cauliflower florets and carrot pieces on a large lightly oiled baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper. Add a little more than 1/2 of the spice mixture. Drizzle generously with olive oil, then toss to make sure the spices evenly coat the cauliflower and carrots.
  4. Bake in the 475 degrees F heated-oven for 20 minutes or until the carrots and cauliflower soften and gain some color. Remove from the heat and set aside for now. Turn the oven off.
  5. In a large cast iron pot or Dutch oven, heat 2 tbsp olive oil. Add the onions and saute for 3 minutes, then add the garlic and the remaining spices. Cook on medium-high for 2-3 more minutes, stirring constantly.
  6. Now add the chickpeas and canned tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the roasted cauliflower and carrots. Bring everything to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover part-way and cook for another 20 minutes. Be sure to check the stew, stir occasionally, and add a little water if needed.
  7. Remove from the heat and transfer to serving bowls. Garnish with fresh parsley and the toasted nuts (optional.) Enjoy hot over some quick-cooked couscous or with a side of warm pita bread.


  • How to Serve this chickpea stew? This chickpea stew goes very well on top of quick-cooked couscous or  Lebanese Rice. If nothing else, grab a piece of warm pita or some good crusty bread to sop up all the goodness.
  • Leftovers? This recipe makes enough to a small crowd of 6 or so. It will last well packed in a tight-lid container and refrigerated for 4 days or so. And because there is no cream involved here, you can easily freeze leftover cooked chickpea stew. Be sure the stew is completely cooled before freezing in freezer-safe containers.
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  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean