Cauliflower Chickpea Korma

Korma is one of the mildest Indian curries out there, but we’ve kicked it up a notch with fiery fresh chiles. You can take the cayenne down to ¼ tsp if you prefer a slightly milder version. A combination of soaked and blended cashews and yogurt give this satisfying vegetarian main an ultra-creamy texture. Serve with whole-grain naan.

Photo: Darren Kemper

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Prep Time
35 min
Cook Time
35 min
70 min


  • 1/2 cup raw unsalted cashews, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp each coriander seeds and cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp each garam masala, turmeric and paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 green finger chile peppers (or serrano pepper), seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups jarred unsalted puréed strained tomatoes (aka passata), divided
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro + additional for garnish
  • 1 2-inch piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, halved
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp safflower oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into bite-size florets (about 6 cups)
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced (TIP: Halve larger carrots lengthwise and thinly slice crosswise.)
  • 1 15-oz BPA-free can unsalted chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
  • 1 3/4 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup whole-milk plain yogurt


1. To a heat-proof bowl, add cashews and enough boiling water to cover. Let stand for 30 to 45 minutes. Drain, reserving 2 tbsp soaking water.

2. Meanwhile, heat a Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed saucepan on medium-low. Add coriander, cumin, garam masala, turmeric, paprika and cayenne pepper and cook, stirring often,
until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a food processor.

3. To food processor with spices, add cashews and reserved soaking water and process until finely ground. Add chile peppers, 3 tbsp strained tomatoes, cilantro, ginger, garlic and salt. Pulse, stopping to scrape down side of bowl, until a smooth paste forms, 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside.

4. Wipe out Dutch oven. In Dutch oven on medium-low, heat oil. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until soft and light golden, 6 to 7 minutes. Stir in cashew mixture, cauliflower, carrot and chickpeas.

5. Add broth and remaining strained tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until cauliflower and carrot are tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat; gradually stir in yogurt, a spoonful at a time, until smooth. Garnish with additional cilantro.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories 367
  • Carbohydrate Content 47 g
  • Cholesterol Content 6 mg
  • Fat Content 5 g
  • Fiber Content 12 g
  • Protein Content 17 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 3 g
  • Sodium Content 272 mg
  • Sugar Content 14 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 5 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 4 g

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