Monday, January 31, 2011

Meatless (Vegan) Monday: Vegan Curry Chickpea, Cauliflower and Kale Crockpot Recipe

Day 31.

This one is a vegetarian option to start, but I've added a bit of optional "meat" to make it more husband friendly. I was looking for things to do with my CSA vegetable box, which included kale and cauliflower among other things, and found this great Indian fusion dish. I've made some extension alterations, including turning it into a crockpot recipe.

Chickpea, Cauliflower and Kale Curry
2 Tbsp. olive oil oil
1 medium onion
3 large cloves garlic
2 anaheim peppers (optional)
1/2 C "sausage" slices
1 head cauliflower, chopped
1 bunch kale, chopped
3 C cooked chickpeas
1 jar tomato paste
1 Tbsp. curry
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 Tbsp. salt
1 can coconut milk OR 1 1/2 C coconut water and 1/2 C almond milk

Put all ingredients into crockpot and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Serve over rice.

Recipe adapted from original here.

The Results
Yum. I love curry and chickpeas. So curried chickpeas is kind of a no-brainer. I normally would've just added coconut milk to this, but what I had was leftover coconut water from my bacon experiment. So, I used that with a little almond milk instead. It's not as thick and creamy, but the flavor's great. Normally I skip or reduce the salt in most recipes (I halved it here, but initially put in less). With the soaked and cooked dried beans it really needed the salt. But, if you used canned chickpeas, you might want to taste first and add the salt later, if needed.

I hope you're all having a great Meatless or Vegan Monday. What are you having for dinner tonight? Be sure to check out the Meatless (Vegan) Monday link-up for even more meatless recipe ideas.

This post is linked at Just Another Meatless MondayHappy Homemaker MondayHomemaker MondayMeatless MondaysMingle MondayDelectable TuesdayTempt My Tummy TuesdayDelicious DishesReal Food Wednesday and Hearth and Soul.


  1. Hi Kristi. Wasn't sure where we were supposed to link up, but mine is here: Thanks for the invite :D

  2. Hi Kristi,
    That Sesame seed Pita and chickpeas saute looks yummy! I don't have anything meatless today, but maybe next week. Stay warm!

  3. Thanks for coming by Miz Helen. Hope to see you back next week with something tasty!

  4. This looks so good! cannot wait to pop into my crockpot!

  5. You know, I don't think I've ever made any meatless meals in my crockpot. But I sure do love a curry, especially if there is kale and coconut milk involved. Thanks for linking up with the Hearth and Soul hop. I'm your newest follower :)

  6. It looks like you've got a dish to warm the cold winter nights just fine....Looks great and love the combinations.

    Thanks for sharing at the hearth and soul hop.

  7. Crock Pot vegetarian, yeah I'll have to try that! Sounds great!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Just Another Meatless Monday.

  8. Em and Lib--It is super yummy and versatile. I made it into bread and that was sooo good.

    Butterpoweredbike--Curry is fabulous for veggie meals. Maybe you should try meatless crockpot Mondays? :)

    JL -- Thanks! It is warming and the bread made fantastic grilled cheeses to go with toasty warm winter comfort-food Tomato "Bacon" Soup.

    Laura--So easy and delicious. And, bonus, if you forget about it and leave it in the crock all day, it is very difficult to spoil veggies. :) Not that I'd EVER do that with two kids under 2 running amuck in the house.