I’m a little cauliflower obsessed (sorry kale, I’ve moved on for a bit). Cauliflower is a really lovely canvas for all kinds of big flavors. This is a version I’ve been making a lot lately: roasted cauliflower with whole cumin and coriander seeds and chiles de arbol. You could substitute for ground spices, but I really suggest using whole spices– it truly transforms a dish with so few ingredients. I also always have these on hand and use them in a variety of dishes so they’re worth having around. Topped off with a cool tangy cilantro-garlic yogurt, this roast cauliflower dish will become a regular in your dinner rotation!

Roast cauliflower


  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 15-ounce can of cooked chickpeas, drained and patted dry with paper towels
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds
  • 2-4 chiles de arbol (if you like spicy, add even more!)
  • 6 ounces of plain thick yogurt, like Greek yogurt
  • small handful of cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely minced
  • olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit with the rack at the highest position. In a mortar and pestle or with a spice grinder, grind the spices into a coarse dust.


Core the cauliflower and slice into irregular wedges and slices. Transfer to baking sheet lined with parchment, add chickpeas, spices, torn up chiles de arbol, a generous pinch of salt and pepper and a couple glugs of olive oil. Toss with hands until everything is coated in oil.

Cut cauliflower

Roast cauliflower in the oven for about 20 minutes, using tongs and tossing the cauliflower half-way so both sides brown. Blast them under the broiler for a couple minutes more at the end if you want more browning.

Roasted cauliflower and chickpeas

While you wait for the cauliflower to roast, make the yogurt sauce by combining the yogurt, cilantro, garlic, and a small pinch of salt. Add just a tiny splash of water to thin out the yogurt to the consistency of your liking and mix. Personally, I like it just a little bit runny so I add a couple splashes of water.

Cilantro garlic yogurt

Plate cauliflower and dollop yogurt over the vegetables.

Cauliflower and yogurt


Roast cauliflower with chickpeas
(images by HonestlyYUM)