Have you ever tried to sauté chickpeas? If not, don’t. I have and it is pretty scary. The chickpeas are full of moisture so they will pop out of the pan and hit you. Roasting them is another story.
I tested a recipe for Indian-Spiced Nachos at Bon Appétit last year. They were so decadent and full of so many great flavors but not healthy at all. On of the toppings was a mix of roasted curried potatoes and chickpeas. I couldn’t stop snacking on them. They almost didn’t make it on to the finished dish I had to present to the editors.
In an effort to still enjoy the flavors yet lighten things up a bit, I decided to create this roasted cauliflower and chickpea dish with minty yogurt. It’s great for lunch or as a side dish with dinner. I added a touch of sugar to the yogurt because I think the sweetness balances out the flavors. The lemon zest and mint really brighten things up and I like the contrast between the cold yogurt and the warm cauliflower and chickpeas. I hope you like it too!
Guest author Jackie Ourman, who writes at CAFE Celiac & Allergy Friendly Epicurian and I tested these out myself while taking the photos and we LOVED this recipe although I added some fresh garlic! Visit her site for more gluten-free recipes.
Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas with Minted Yogurt
- Heat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit, line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, toss cauliflower florets, drained chickpeas, olive oil, curry powder, salt and pepper together and spread on baking sheet.
- Roast in oven, 30 minutes, tossing halfway through, until golden brown.
- Meanwhile, mix yogurt, mint, sugar and lemon zest together. Add kosher salt and pepper, to taste.
- To serve, divide yogurt and spread on the bottom of each plate, top with roasted cauliflower and chickpeas.