Dinner/ Recipes/ Vegetarian

Biryani with Cauliflower & Chickpeas

This biryani is such an easy weeknight dinner! It's made up of beautifully spiced rice with tender cauliflower and chickpeas. I love mine topped with a runny boiled egg and nigella seeds. #biryani #cauliflower #vegetarian #thecookreport

This biryani is such an easy weeknight dinner! It’s made up of beautifully spiced rice with tender cauliflower and chickpeas. I love mine topped with a runny boiled egg and nigella seeds.

 Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have recommended. 

I love cooking with rice! Will and I have been known to stand in the kitchen eating mouthfuls of leftover rice after dinner just because somehow plain rice is still incredibly delicious.

It’s one of those versatile ingredients that I can easily end up eating every night of the week while still travelling around the world with my dinner choices.

Biryani with Cauliflower & Chickpeas on a plate with a spotted cloth on a wooden tray

This was one of those easy weeknight dinners I made when Will was out for the evening. I love cooking a lot (obviously) but I especially love cooking when I’m cooking with Will. He makes everything more fun and one of the reasons I got so into cooking when we moved in together was because it was the most quality time Will and I got to spend together.

Now excuse me while I get super lame and cringy for a second but when Will and me have nights in together I spend all day looking forward to going home and cooking together. He loves cooking and coming up with fun twists on recipes almost as much as I do so it’s always my favourite time of day.

Biryani with Cauliflower & Chickpeas on a plate with a spotted cloth on a wooden tray

Anyway, sometimes when I’m in on my own I get super into a recipe and end up cooking for hours but more often than not I want to get something on the table (ok, ok, my lap in front of the TV) in a matter of minutes. Especially since nights without Will are a good opportunity to get as much work done as possible.

That’s why recipes like this biryani are exactly the kind of dinners I like to throw together when I’m on my own.

Close up of a boiled egg on top of Biryani with Cauliflower & Chickpeas

It’s quick, easy, healthy and O.M.G so full of flavour. There’s something so perfect about cooking rice with loads of spices. Rice is like a big old flavour sponge and it gets all those punchy flavours cooked right in there so that by the time you come to eat it it’s just so crazy delicious.

Ingredients you need to make this biryani with cauliflower & chickpeas:

  • Butter
  • Onion
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Coriander
  • Curry Powder
  • Cumin
  • Cinnamon Stick
  • Bay Leaves
  • Cloves
  • Cauliflower
  • Chickpeas
  • Basmati Rice
  • Vegetable Stock
  • Nigella Seeds
  • Boiled Eggs

Keep scrolling to get the full recipe for this biryani with cauliflower & chickpeas…

Plates of Biryani with Cauliflower & Chickpeas on a blue spotted cloth and wooden tray

In case you haven’t noticed we’re having a bit of a moment with cauliflower at the moment <<< I mean isn’t the whole internet having one of those right now? Will and I have gone from disgust at people who try to pass off cauliflower as a good substitute for meat to actually doing it right here in this creamy cauliflower curry which was my take on a vegetarian butter chicken.

A few weeks ago will made me battered and fried cauliflower and I think I actually told him that it was the best thing I’ve ever eaten. What is happening to me?!

Biryani with Cauliflower & Chickpeas on a plate with a spotted cloth on a wooden tray

I also love chickpeas more than any normal person. Will is not much of a fan but I keep including them in meals when I can convince Will they’ll be perfect and this biryani was one of those very meals.

So we’ve got the rice cooked with spices, the cauliflower all tender and the chickpeas to add a bit of bite. After all that I topped a plateful of biryani with a runny boiled egg.

Close up of a plateful of biryani with cauliflower & chickpeas on a blue cloth

Let’s talk about how bad I am at making boiled eggs for a second. I had to throw away the first boiled egg I made for this biryani because even though I’d cooked it for 6 minutes some of the whites were still raw. Seriously. After that I only had one egg left so I had to get it perfect.

Fortunately it turned out alright but I’ve come to realise over the past few weeks that I truly suck at making boiled eggs. I made one for ramen the other day and it was really over cooked. There’s something about the mystery of boiled eggs that stresses me out, I mean, you have no idea how they’re cooked until you break into it and then there’s no going back. I think I’m sticking to poached and fried from now on.

Biryani with Cauliflower & Chickpeas on a wooden tray and blue cloth

But for this you should definitely take the risk and boil an egg. Pop it on top and enjoy this biryani with cauliflower & chickpeas.

WONDERING WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVER INGREDIENTS YOU’VE GOT FROM MAKING THIS BIRYANI WITH CAULIFLOWER & CHICKPEAS?

If you’re anything like me then you’re always looking for ways to save money and avoid food waste so I want to make sure you’ve get plenty of ideas on how to use up any ingredients that are leftover from my recipes!

Creamy Cauliflower Curry in the Pressure Cooker

Bowl of creamy cauliflower curry with rice on a hesian mat

Garlic Pasta with Broccoli, Chickpeas & Chorizo

This garlic pasta is a simple weeknight meal packed with garlicky flavour and topped with delicious roasted broccoli, crispy chickpeas and chorizo. Finished with a poached egg.

Biryani with Cauliflower & Chickpeas on a wooden tray and blue cloth
5 from 3 votes
Print

Biryani with Cauliflower & Chickpeas

This biryani is such an easy weeknight dinner! It's made up of beautifully spiced rice with tender cauliflower and chickpeas. I love mine topped with a runny boiled egg and nigella seeds.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 246 kcal
Author Amy

Ingredients

  • 50 g Butter
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger
  • 1 tsp Garlic
  • 2 tsp Coriander
  • 2 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 4 Bay Leaves
  • 4 Cloves
  • Salt
  • 1 Cauliflower cut up into florets
  • 2 tins Chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 400 g Basmati Rice
  • 800ml-1 litre Vegetable Stock
  • Nigella Seeds and Chilli Flakes to serve
  • Boiled Eggs done to your liking to serve

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a large pot with a tight fitting lid then add the onions and cook gently until the onions have softened. Add the ginger, garlic, all the spices and the salt. Cook for a couple of minutes until fragrant.

  2. Add the cauliflower, chickpeas and rice. Stir to coat in the spices. Pour in the vegetable stock, adding enough to cover the rice. Turn the heat up a little to bring the liquid to a simmer then put the lid on and cook for 15 minutes trying not to remove the lid too much. 

  3. When the 15 minutes is over turn the heat off and leave the lid on for 10 minutes then fluff the rice before serving with a boiled egg, nigella seeds and chilli flakes sprinkled on top. 

Recipe Notes

Did you make this recipe?

Make sure you follow The Cook Report on Instagram and tag #TheCookReport so we can see what you've made!

Nutrition Facts
Biryani with Cauliflower & Chickpeas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 246 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 453mg 19%
Potassium 136mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 44g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 7.6%
Vitamin C 10.2%
Calcium 3.3%
Iron 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Equipment you need to make this recipe…

You Might Also Like

4 Comments

  • Reply
    Emily
    11/04/2018 at 12:12 PM

    I love food like this, healthy and comforting. All the spices in this sound perfect!

  • Reply
    Claudia
    11/04/2018 at 12:17 PM

    this is so delicious looking I would love this. I will be trying this soon for sure!

  • Reply
    Danielle
    11/04/2018 at 12:27 PM

    All the delicious flavors! I love this! And that egg…So cute that you and Will enjoy cooking together. My boyfriend hates to cook and really only joins me when I give him a task. But he does do all the cleaning so I consider myself lucky!

  • Reply
    Felesha Bell
    11/04/2018 at 12:54 PM

    Never tried Biryani before! Looks like a great place to start!! Yum!

  • Leave a Reply