Indian Cauliflower and Bean Curry

Indian Cauliflower and Bean Curry

This is a soup-like spicy Indian curry for vegetarians. It can be prepared in 30 minutes.

Ingredients: 4 servings

1 head
Your choice of beans (red kidney beans, chickpeas, etc.)
1 can
2 cloves
30 g
Olive oil
1 tablespoon
Canned tomatoes
250 g
Water (optional)
50 ml
1/2-1 teaspoon
☆ Garam masala or curry powder
3-6 teaspoons
☆ Mustard seeds
1/2-1 teaspoon
☆ Coriander
1/2-1 teaspoon
☆ Cardamon
5 pods
☆ Curry leaves (optional)
☆ Bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon or more
a small amount
Apple and Cranberry Chutney Recipe ID: 640042 / Homemade Chutney Recipe ID 958843
2 teaspoons
Yoghurt / Soy milk cream
50 ml
Nan or rice
one serving for each person


1. Finely mince the garlic, ginger, and onion. Chop the cauliflower into small bite-sized pieces. Heat the oil, and stir-fry the cumin seeds until they start to pop.
2. Over medium heat, stir-fry the garlic and ginger until aromatic, then add the onion. Add the ☆ spices, reduce to low heat, and continue to stir-fry.
3. Add 20-50 ml of the canned tomatoes and the cauliflower, cover with a lid, then simmer over medium heat.
4. Add the beans (I used canned) and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add chutney, if available. Add the yoghurt or heavy cream, and remove from heat.
5. Here it is with user "caramel-cookie"'s cheese nan. The curry also tastes great if you add a little grated cheese.
6. Served with basmati rice.
7. These are curry leaves. I keep a stock of dried leaves, since they are convenient. They're sold fresh where I live.
8. Remove the cardamon from the pods (discard the pods) and lightly crush them in a grinding bowl. I use them as-is, but don't eat the pods.
9. It goes well with cardamon seasoned rice. Recipe ID: 890664
10. Here is a recipe for an easy pilaf-style mixed rice Recipe ID: 958843
11. This is apple and cranberry chutney Recipe ID: 640042. Adding a small amount to curries makes them milder and richer.
12. Here is a recipe for zucchini, cauliflower, tomato, and date chutney Recipe ID: 948305. Just serve it as a side to curry without cooking it in.

Story Behind this Recipe

I wanted to eat a vegetarian Indian curry so I made it myself.