Indian spiced cauliflower with cumin rice pilaf

The beauty of this vegetarian dish is not only in the powerful Indian flavors, but also in the bright yellow color that the cauliflower takes on from curry...

By: Anna Decker / 08/22/2016

Thick yogurt is used as both a marinade and a sauce to serve alongside. While cauliflower softens in the oven, chickpeas crisp up for a great textural contrast. And a fragrant cumin seed rice pilaf is the perfect accompaniment. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

What you'll need: 1.5 lbs cauliflower 1 large yellow onion 1 can chickpeas 7 oz 2% Greek yogurt 2 tsp curry powder 1 tsp cumin seed ¾ cup basmati rice ½ oz cilantro olive oil coarse salt freshly ground black pepper

Equipment: strainer 2 rimmed baking sheets small saucepan

Recipe steps: 1. Prep ingredients Preheat oven to 450ºF. Arrange oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven. Cut cauliflower into large florets. Halve, peel and slice ¾ of the yellow onion. Dice the remaining quarter. Drain and rinse chickpeas.

  1. Make yogurt marinade Whisk half of the yogurt, 2 tablespoons water, 2 tablespoons oil, curry powder, ½ teaspoon salt, and a few grinds black pepper in a large bowl until combined. Add cauliflower, sliced onion and chickpeas; toss until evenly coated.

  2. Roast vegetables Grease 2 rimmed baking sheets with oil. Divide cauliflower mixture evenly between the baking sheets and roast until tender and golden brown, rotating and shaking pan halfway through, 25–30 minutes.

  3. Make pilaf Heat 1 tablespoon oil in small saucepan over medium-high. Add diced onion and cumin seeds and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in rice and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Stir in 1¼ cup water and ¼ teaspoon salt, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover, and let cook for 15 minutes. Keep covered until ready to use.

  4. Make yogurt sauce Pick cilantro leaves from stems. Finely chop half and place in a small bowl (reserve remainder for garnish). Add remaining yogurt and 2 tablespoon water to small bowl with chopped cilantro and stir to combine; season with salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Fluff rice Fluff rice using a fork and divide between 2 plates or bowls. Top with roasted vegetables and chickpeas. Garnish with cilantro and serve with yogurt sauce. Enjoy!

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