Spiced cauliflower and chickpea with a maple coconut sauce

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chickpea, maple coconut sauce
6 portions


For the coconut sauce

  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 1 lime leaf
  • 6 fresh mint leaves, shredded
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup (preferably amber syrup for its rich taste)

Other ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 2 tbsp mild curry powder
  • 500g chickpeas
  • 4 large tomatoes
  • 5 tbsp pomegranate seeds
  • 200g rocket leaves
  • Large bunch of flat leaf parsley, chopped


For the coconut sauce

  1. Mix coconut milk, maple syrup and a lime leaf in a pan and bring to the boil
  2. Reduce mixture by half to remove impurities as they rise to the top of the mix
  3. Stir in shredded mint leaves and a pinch of salt

For the salad

  1. Preheat oven to 200ºc or gas mark 7 and in a bowl, pour olive oil, cinnamon, cumin seeds, curry powder and cauliflower florets and hand mix
  2. Once florets are fully coated, place on a baking tray and cook for 15 minutes
  3. Using the same mixing bowl, place chickpeas and diced tomatoes; add cooked cauliflower florets and mix
  4. Place contents on baking tray and cook for a further 15 minutes
  5. Tip contents into serving bowl and drizzle with coconut sauce
  6. Dress with pomegranate seeds and flat leaf parsley

Indian flavours abound in this simple, delicious salad where the earthiness of the cauliflower and chickpeas contrasts with the fragrance of the coconut milk, fresh mint and lime leaf

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