Today’s recipe is a fantastic mash-up of sorts. It’s an Insta-friendly riff on the Chickpea Cauliflower Korma recipe in Jennifer Iserloh’s The Healing Slow Cooker. I paired it with the high-impact Indian-spiced Simmer Sauce from Coco Morante’s The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook. If you have a simmer sauce on hand, whether it’s this aforementioned one, or a store-bought version you love, this couldn’t come together more quickly. It’s the perfect vehicle to get all sorts of goodness into your body in one, delicious sitting.
I love this recipe because it’s absolutely packed with power ingredients, including a nice range of fragrant spices. I like to think I get a lot of spice in my diet, but I think the real key is integrating spice blends into lots of meals. Not just a few times a week, but daily. For example, the simmer sauce has coriander, cayenne, cumin, turmeric, paprika, and whatever spices are in your garam masala blend. It’s how you shift from single notes to a chord.
No problem if you don’t have an Instant Pot, a stovetop version is a breeze as well, and I’ll include guidelines for that down below!
Side note – Another way to get a medley of spices and power-ingredients into your meals are pastes. That’s part of the reason I love strong curry pastes like this one, or a boosted miso paste like this one.
You can certainly use chickpeas cooked from dried, use about 2 cups. To keep it vegan,
use your favorite non-dairy yogurt for topping.
2 cups Indian-spiced simmer sauce, or favorite korma curry sauce
1 large head of cauliflower (2 lb.), cut into florets
1 14-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 14-ounce can of diced tomatoes, (fire-roasted, optional)
1 small onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
One 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
1 cup chopped cilantro
for serving (any/all of the following): lemon olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, salted-smashed garlic yogurt, lemon zest, fresh herbs (cilantro, dill, etc.)
Pour the sauce into the bottom of the Instant Pot in an even layer. Add the cauliflower, chickpeas, tomatoes, onion, garlic, and ginger. Give it all a little bit of a stir, and close the pot. Secure the lid, set the pressure release valve to SEALING. Press MANUAL for 4 minutes at high pressure. When cooking is complete, carefully QUICK RELEASE. Gently shake or tap the pressure cooker, and then carefully open away from you. Stir in half of the cilantro, and reserve the rest for serving. Scoop the korma into deep bowls and add as many toppings as you like.
To make on a conventional stovetop, bring the sauce to a simmer, stir in all the other ingredients (except cilantro), cover, and cook until the cauliflower is tender – 5-7 minutes or so. Proceed with the recipe as written.
Adapted from Jennifer Iserloh’s The Healing Slow Cooker.
Prep time: 10 min – Cook time: 4 min