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vegan butter chicken with chickpeas and cauliflower

Vegan Butter Chicken (Chickpeas and Cauliflower)

This vegan take on an Indian food favorite, vegan butter chicken with chickpeas and cauliflower is a hearty and delicious meal.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 207 kcal


  • 2 cans chickpeas or about 3 cups cooked
  • 1/3 cup cashews soaked for 2 hours
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 15 oz can chopped tomato
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ head cauliflower, cut in florets
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • tsp cardamom powder
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste


Roasted Cauliflower

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Cut the cauliflower into bite-sized florets and place on a lined baking sheet.
  • Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.

Make the Cashew Cream

Make the 'Butter' Sauce

  • In a large skillet, melt the coconut oil.
  • Add the chopped onion. Saute until browned and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and spices. Cook for another minute, mixing in well.
  • Add salt and pepper as well as the canned tomatoes. Then stir in the cashew cream.
  • With an immersion blender or the high-speed blender, blend together the contents of the skillet till smooth.


  • Place the sauce back in the skillet on the stove. Stir in the roasted cauliflower and the chickpeas.
  • Simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes.
  • Serve with roti or rice. Garnish with lemon juice, cilantro, salt, and pepper.


You can use canned coconut milk in place of the cashew cream, but it'll be sweeter than the cashews. You can also omit the cardamom and nutmeg. 


Serving: 1bowlSodium: 181mgCalcium: 75mgVitamin C: 49mgVitamin A: 704IUSugar: 6gFiber: 4gPotassium: 579mgCalories: 207kcalSaturated Fat: 10gFat: 16gProtein: 5gCarbohydrates: 16gIron: 3mg
Keyword Chickpea 'butter' chicken, Vegan Butter Chicken
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