Roasted Cabbage Wedges With Tomatoes & ChickpeaCourse: MainCuisine: VeganDifficulty: Moderate
Roasting cabbage gives you charred, crispy edges with tender, sweet layers underneath. This recipe spices the crucifer with curry and tops the wedges with a quick combination of saucy chickpeas and tomatoes. A pinch of sugar helps with browning and to balance the flavors of the sauce, but leave it out if you’d prefer.
5 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
3 teaspoons curry powder, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 small-to-medium head green cabbage
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
2 cans no-salt-added chickpeas, undrained
300g grape or cherry tomatoes, halved if small and quartered if large
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup plain nondairy yogurt
- Position a rack in the lowest position of the oven and preheat to 260c.
- In a small bowl, whisk together 4 tablespoons of the oil, 2 teaspoons of the curry powder, the sugar, 1 teaspoon of salt and the pepper. Halve the cabbage through the core, and cut each half — again, through the core — into four equal-size wedges, leaving the core intact as much as possible. (This helps keep the wedges from falling apart in the oven.)
- On a large, rimmed baking sheet, arrange the cabbage wedges in an even layer. Brush them all over with the oil mixture. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and roast for 10 minutes. Remove the foil and roast the wedges, uncovered, for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cabbage is tender and the sides touching the sheet are well browned.
- While the cabbage is roasting, in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil until shimmering. Add the garlic, ginger and remaining 1 teaspoon of curry powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Add the chickpeas and their liquid, followed by the tomatoes, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat slightly so the liquid is at a gentle boil. Cook, stirring frequently, until the tomatoes begin to break down and the liquid has thickened, 7 to 9 minutes. Taste, and add more salt if needed.
- Divide the cabbage among individual plates and spoon the chickpea mixture on top. Sprinkle with cilantro, dollop with the yogurt, if using, and serve hot.
- The cooked cabbage and the tomato sauce can be refrigerated, preferably separately, for up to 5 days. The sauce can be frozen for up to 3 months; freezing the cabbage is not recommended.