Spiced cauliflower with chickpeas, herbs & pine nuts

Spiced cauliflower with chickpeas, herbs & pine nuts

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 4
Roast cauliflower with cumin and caraway then serve with healthy chickpeas and herbs in this Middle Eastern-style salad

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal407
  • fat29g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs19g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre10g
  • protein17g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 1 large head cauliflower, broken into florets (about 1kg in total)



    A brassica, like cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower is a mass of tiny, tightly packed flower…

  • 2 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tsp each caraway and cumin seed
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
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  • 400g can chickpea, drained and rinsed
  • 100g pine nut
  • small bunch each parsley and dill, leaves torn


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Toss the cauliflower, garlic, spices, 2 tbsp oil and some seasoning in a roasting tin, then roast for 30 mins.

  2. Add the chickpeas, pine nuts and remaining oil to the tin, then cook for 10 mins more. To serve, stir in the herbs with your chosen dressing.

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Comments (10)

notmyname's picture

Just made this with a slightly tired cauliflower - tasted great. I did tweak it a little - I used less caraway and added a couple of big shallots at the start. Had to reduce the cooking time but maybe because the cauli was soft to start with! I served it with a simple yogurt/lemon dressing (2Tbs yogurt, 2Tbs lemon juice, 2Tbs olive oil, 1tsp dijon mustard, a pinch of salt and a tiny drizzle of honey). I swapped in mint in place of the dill because I don't like dill. It served 2 of us as a late lunch. Will make again because it's so easy.

dhartmann's picture

@PRW - Thank you, implemented all your suggestions and added Chili Flakes and Lemon Juice. Served with Basmati Rice. Yummy!!!! Served 2 instead of 4 as a mains.

PRW's picture

Taking into account previous postings I:
Preboiled the cauliflower for one minute,
Added chunks of sweet pepper and chopped chalottes to roasting cauliflower,
Also used fennel(1 tsp) and mint,
Added the juice from the can of chick peas.

Result-really tasty.

Rusty_67's picture

Boring. The cauliflower wasn't cooked. The pine nuts were nice. Needed a sauce or something.

padraicwhelan's picture

The cauliflower did not soften sufficiently. I would suggest parboiling for five minutes before roasting

saralough's picture

I cooked to recipe but found it a bit bitter. Not sure if this is due to overcoming the herbs or garlic! Mixed couscous into it and that helped the taste a bit

bowdenei's picture

Would like to try it. What do you suggest for a dressing Good Food?

reichem's picture

Very easy and tasty. Nice to have something different to do with cauliflower. Used fennel seeds in place of caraway and mint instead of dill. Finished with a dash of lemon juice.
Cooking times are a bit long for my oven - I reduced by about 1/3.

whatkatiedoes's picture

Delicious and really easy. I added some cubed potatoes to roast to bulk it up a bit, and also added some lemon juice at the end.

joannewall's picture

Pleasantly surprised. Tasty. Didn't have any Dill. Used mint. Would do it again.

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