Spiced Cauliflower, Kale & Chickpea Stew

Created by Laura Wright
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This spiced cauliflower, kale and chickpea stew is a healthy vegan dinner option for the cooler months. It's also adaptable to what you have on hand.

cauliflower, kale + chickpea curry pot // @thefirstmess
cauliflower, kale + chickpea curry pot // @thefirstmess
cauliflower, kale + chickpea curry pot // @thefirstmess
kale // @thefirstmess

So I spent the last weekend at my first ever blogger conference in Pennsylvania with some funny, passionate, smart, and encouraging people. Lots of hugs, smiles, introductions, inspirational messages, and totally delicious things to eat. I think it’s possible (and totally normal) to be an introverted extrovert, and being in that environment really pushed it for me!

After the conference, my road trip partner and I took a drive to Philadelphia to meet and stay with a friend. We had less than 24 hours, but that didn’t stop us from having three sit-down meals, two drink outings, and one perfect almond milk latte before we left. It was a nice, quietly familiar ending to a high-energy, ecstatically social weekend.

When I got home, I had a sad looking cauliflower in the fridge and a bunch of garden kale still going. With some pantry stuff, I made this! Deep-nourishing and relatively quick comfort. Lots of vegetables, spice, stew-y tomato richness, tender greens, and the heft of chickpeas to fill it out. I know I’ve featured a couple stews/soups similar to this in the past, but with the frequency that I make this on my mind, it just felt right to share. Stay cozy out there, all. xo

cauliflower, kale + chickpea curry pot // @thefirstmess
adds the kale // @thefirstmess
cauliflower, kale + chickpea curry pot // @thefirstmess

Spiced Cauliflower, Kale and Chickpea Stew

This cauliflower, kale and chickpea stew is a healthy vegan dinner option for the cooler months. It's also adaptable to what you have on hand.
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Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 4 -6


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, small dice
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • small jalapeño or cayenne pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 cup waxy potatoes, ½ inch dice
  • 3 cups small cauliflower florets
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1-2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 1 bunch Lacinato/Tuscan kale, stems removed and chopped
  • sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • chopped leafy herbs to finish (parsley, cilantro etc)


  • The amount of vegetable stock you use depends on how thick/thinned out you want this. I went for something in between :)


  • Heat the coconut oil in a heavy + large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onions and cook slowly, lowering heat if necessary. Cook until very soft, translucent and almost breaking down, about 6-7 minutes.
  • Add the curry powder and bay leaf and cook, stirring often, for 3 more minutes. Add the garlic, ginger (if using), and jalapeño to the pot. Stir and cook until fragrant, constantly stirring to avoid burning the garlic.
  • Add the potatoes and cauliflower to the pot and stir. Season with lots of salt and pepper. Add the crushed tomatoes to the pot and stir once more. At this point, add 1 cup of vegetable stock (you may want to add more later). Stir the pot, place a lid on top, and bring to a boil.
  • Lower the heat on the stove to a simmer and remove the lid. Cook until the potatoes are just-tender, about 40 minutes. Add the chickpeas and diced kale,, and simmer for 5 more minutes or until greens have wilted.
  • Check the stew for seasoning, adjust, and serve hot with bread, naan, cooked brown rice, quinoa, millet etc. Garnish with chopped leafy herbs.
02/10/2014 (Last Updated 08/01/2023)
Posted in: autumn, chickpeas, earthy, gluten free, kale, main course, nut free, refined sugar-free, salty, soup, sour, spicy, tomatoes, vegan, winter


Recipe Rating

  • Collin Lovas

    What a great recipe — and completely made with whole foods. I did replace the crushed tomatoes with tomato paste and added dark and light miso for that umami flavor. Additionally, I sauteed the onions, curry, garlic and bay leaf in a fry pan and then added that, plus the rest of the ingredients to a pot-in-pot and dropped it into the instant pot and set it for 15 minutes. Perfecto! No mess! I’ll be looking for other one-pot recipes. Thank you for this extremely tasty and healthful recipe!

  • Helen

    made this last night for lunches during the week and OMG!!!!! This is simply amazing! The flavor and yet the simplicity to make this dish is out of this world!!

    Thank you for this tasty dish!

  • CAT

    making it now. Had cauli rice in the freezer, i know it will be different, but…. thanks for the recipe! smells and looks great. may add spinach and second on the coconut milk idea.

  • Josette

    Oh my gahhhh… This was soooo good!! My family loved it!! Thank you!!

  • Rebecca

    This turned out delicious! I used collard greens instead of kale and skipped the jalapeno because I’m a wimp and can’t do spice but I absolutely loved it! Will definitely double the recipe next time!

  • Lacey

    This curry was exactly what I was craving, so good! I added a half cup-ish of coconut milk because I had it in the fridge – highly recommend that! I served it with millet and had to cook it a bit longer (about an hour) to get my taters cooked through. Worth the wait :)

  • Andre

    Can I use frozen red potatoes in lieu of regular ones?

    • Laura

      Yeah I think that would be okay. Might be best to thaw them out first though!

  • Atari

    I made this tonight – it was delicious! Thanks for sharing this with the world.

  • Nicole

    I liked this recipe a lot, but it definitely did not make enough for 4-6. I’d say 3, tops. I’m doubling the recipe next time! Also, the potatoes cooked in about 20 minutes, not 40, but perhaps that’s because my pot isn’t that thick.

  • Amber

    Great recipe! It’s tasty and I find it filling enough to not need a starch (ie. rice, quinoa, millet) on the side.
    I added more ginger, bay leaves, and some cinnamon to kick it up a notch

  • Carolyn

    Made this tonight, and it was soooooo good and warm and comforting!!!! I LOVE your blog and everything I’ve made so far has been wicked pissah. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!

  • Nina

    Hi, greetings from the UK. Love your blog! This curry looks amazing. I am hosting a ‘curry night’ this weekend and I going to add your fab recipe to the list of dishes I am preparing. Where I live I can only find bags of kale cut up (not on stems) any ideas of how much in weight to use in your recipe. It would speed things up for me as I don’t have time to experiment as I am making other dishes. Thanks in advance.

    • Laura

      Hey Nina! I would use 3 solid handfuls of chopped kale for this.

      • Nina

        Hi Laura, thanks for the information and for replying to my question so quickly! Very much appreciated. Have a good weekend.

  • Renee

    This looks amazing.. I really wish someone would just make this for me tonight, I feel like it would definitely become a favourite of mine

  • Lauren

    I absolutely loved this recipe!! I made it last night for my boyfriend who is a chef, and he devoured the whole bowl! I did however, make a few tiny adjustments; I added turmeric, cumin, coriander and cinnamon to the curry with the onions, and I used sweet potatoes instead of waxy potatoes. I also roasted the cauliflower and sweet potatoes beforehand and then added them in at then end. Thank you so much for this amazing recipe!!!

  • Keri

    Just made this for dinner tonight and I loved it! I added 1 tsp of cumin because I love the flavor it brings to curry, and 1 tsp of crushed red pepper because I like a little heat. Nothing better than a good curry. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Sonya

    Hooray for healthy one-pot meals! I made this tonight for the whole family and it was a hit! It was so good, used ingredients we have on hand, and so simple. Love it, and thank you!

  • Sonya

    Hooray for healthy one-pot meals! I made this tonight for the family and it was a hit! Even our 3 year old ate it:) It was so good, used ingredients we have on hand, and so simple. Love it, and thank you!