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Flower Vatana nu Shaak (Cauliflower and Pea Curry)

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I love easy it is to cook this simple cauliflower curry. It is super healthy and it takes just a few minutes of prep and less than 20 minutes to cook from start to finish. It is a weeknight staple in our house.

Cauliflower and Pea Curry (Flower Vatana nu Shaak) by Indiaphile.info
Cauliflower and Pea Curry

Flower Chana nu Shaak (Cauliflower and Garbanzo Bean Curry)

A simple sauté of cauliflower, garbanzo beans and Indian spices
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 8
Calories 177 kcal


  • 2 to 3 to matoes
  • 1 dried red chili
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 large onion sliced pole to pole
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 small potato cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 cauliflower cut into florets
  • 1 15 oz can garbanzo beans or chickpeas
  • 1 bay leaf
  • handful of chopped cilantro to garnish


  • Toss the cumin seeds onto a cast iron pan (or any other kind of pan that is not non-stick will work) and heat over medium high heat until you can smell the fragrance of the seeds. Keep a eye on it and stir often so that the seeds don’t burn.
  • Toss the dry roasted cumin seeds into a blender with the tomatoes and dried red chili. Puree and set aside.
  • In a large pot, toss in the oil and sliced onions with a pinch of salt. Saute until translucent.
  • Add in the turmeric. Stir and cook for about a minute.
  • Add in the tomato puree. Stir and cook until the puree begins to look more like a paste. About 5 minutes.
  • Toss in the cauliflower, potato, garbanzo beans, bay leaf and salt.
  • Add in 1.5 cups water and stir.
  • Cover and cook for about 15 minutes.
  • Take off lid and continue to cook uncovered until liquid thickens and the cauliflower is soft. About 10 minutes.


Calories: 177kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 8gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.01gSodium: 321mgPotassium: 605mgFiber: 7gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 286IUVitamin C: 46mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 3mg
Keyword cauliflower, shaak, subzi
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  1. Oh yummy! I just made a Green Curry with Summer Squash and Fresh Peas the other night, but I will have to try this. It looks so good and cauliflower is so healthy. Do you typically serve yours over rice, or just with bread? Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Katie. Your green curry sounds delicious! This is a dry curry, we Indians usually eat dry curries with flat bread. We’ll eat wet curries with either bread or rice. But I eat dry curries with rice all the time! 🙂

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