Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas in Ethiopian Spices
Cauliflower is a perfect blank canvas vegetable; It’s nutty, round, subtle flavor means it will never overshadow what you add to it. Instead, the addition of all of our spices allows for each one of them to shine in a beautiful way. Then you have the chickpeas, which add in textural variety and a wonderful crispiness to the dish. And be warned, you WILL end up drinking the excess oils from the pan, and I just wanted to tell you to not judge yourself too hard for it, because odds are I’m doing the same thing at home in my kitchen.
INGREDIENTS1 head of cauliflower
1 can of chickpeas
3-4 tablespoons Olive Oil
2 tablespoons Berbere
1 tablespoon Ird
1 tablespoon Afrenje
2 teaspoons Senafitch (Ethiopian Mustard Seed), or brown mustard seed
1 teaspoon Mekelesha
3 tablespoons Niter Kibbeh
Sea salt to taste
Rinse and drain the chickpeas thoroughly. Use a paper or dish towel to pat them dry. Too much remaining liquid will stop the chickpeas from getting crispy. Cut the head of cauliflower into bite-sized florets.
- Preheat oven to 400°F
- In a medium-sized bowl, toss the cauliflower and chickpeas with oil, adding in spices until the florets and chickpeas are thoroughly coated
- Spread the contents of the bowl evenly onto a baking sheet, and place small scoops of Niter Kibbeh on top of the cauliflower and chickpeas until you have used all of the 3 tablespoons.
- Transfer the baking sheet to your preheated oven and roast for 30 minutes, or until crispy.
- Add salt to taste and enjoy!
Serves: 2-3 | Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cooking Time: 30 minutes