RECIPES & STORIES
"It's the Simple things in Life"
This is our go to vegan stew during the cool winter months and when one of us is down with the cold. The warm fragrant spices and nutrient dense veggies are truly welcomed by our bodies.
Like I mentioned in my article “Cooking with the Planet in Mind”, pre-cooking garbanzo beans in a big batch and storing them in the freezer in these easy to stack and clean containers, helps keep the carbon foot print of this dish tiny and saves you a lot of money. I use the pressure cooker to both pre-cook the garbanzo beans and cook this Indian Cauliflower stew, but even if you don’t own a pressure cooker you can still easily make this stew by using canned garbanzo beans and cooking the strew in a pot on a stove.
In this Indian Cauliflower Stew recipe the garbanzo beans serve as a hearty base for the stew, which is superb served over top of quinoa, couscous or rice. Even though a lot of spices are used in making this dish, it’s very mild when it comes to heat. My 2 year old really enjoys eating this stew. You can serve this to the pickiest of eaters pureed in a blender in order to hide the kale and the cauliflower. They will never know the nutrient dense veggies are there, but will get all the benefits of eating kale, which is high in calcium content and antioxidants and cauliflower, which is high in folic acid and vitamin C. For a grown up version with a lot of kick add 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and you will be sweating buckets.
3 tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion finely chopped
6 garlic cloves minced
2 tsp curry powder
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tbsp ground cumin seeds
1 tbsp garam masala*
1 to 2 tsp of sea salt (to taste)
1 - 13.5 fl ounce can of coconut milk
1 - 24 ounce jar of Bionaturae Organic Strained Tomato Pure**
1 medium sized head of cauliflower chopped into tiny pieces
1 - 2 cup container of cooked garbanzo beans straight from the freezer (or two 2 - 15 ounce cans of garbanzo beans)
1 bunch (2 packed cups) of kale, cleaned, stemmed & chopped into small pieces
*garam masala is mix of different Indian spices and essential to this dish. I purchase this spice by weight at my local Sprouts grocery store, but you can also buy it online.
**If you don't have this brand of tomato pure available on hand you can use canned crushed tomatoes. My local Sprouts sells it for a very reasonable price and I have also seen it sold at Whole Foods. Personally, I'm head over heels in love with Bionaturea Strained Tomato Pure because it's so pure. Just organic tomatoes, which come in a beautiful, tall glass jar, which I then reuse for storing and freezing a big batch of veggie broth I make in my Instant Pot, holding (and sometimes gifting) freshly whipped up Cashew Milk or use as a vase to hold flowers. We love eating pasta and pizza in our family (what kid doesn't love pizza or pasta?) and I simmer down this jar of tomato pure with lots of garlic, basil and salt to my taste to create marinara sauce. These strained tomatoes are also an essential ingredient in my Borscht recipe.