Grilled Cauliflower and Chickpea-Curry Vegan Toastie

Let’s take the two best ideas in the world and put them together: curry and toasties! Curries are just delicious and every curry day we are thankful for the Internet and its endless source of curry-inspiration! The same goes for toasties: the variations are endless and once you start seeing the potential of these two slices of toasted bread… WOW! So much to try! So here we are with our Grilled Cauliflower and Chickpea-Curry Toastie Recipe! 

Because when you got things between bread in your head…

Recipe Inspiration

Curry recipes are sooo delicious and easy to prepare! On top of that, cauliflower is definitely one of our favorite veggies, and chickpeas are just… Heavenly! So, like I said, we had to combine those ingredients into a toastie. 

Just as we were wondering how to make this toastie recipe happen, Jack had a brilliant idea: since he is addicted to hummus, we figured we could make a “curry-hummus”, but then slightly different, with basically just chickpeas, coconut milk and curry paste. And that worked out prettttttty, pretty well. 

Why We Love It

Favorite kind of food + favorite kind of sandwich = this vegan grilled cauliflower and chickpea-curry! It is that easy! 🙂 

Equipment

In order to grill the cauliflower to perfect taste, we decided to make this entire recipe on the sandwich grill. We didn’t try to make this recipe on the toastie maker.

However, we totally believe it is possible, if you just grill the cauliflower separately (in a pan or in the oven) and make sure your sandwich doesn’t get too big for the toastie-maker to close. Let us know how it goes in case you do try this recipe on a toastie-maker! 

  • Tefal: Inicio Grill (Awesome for Toasties and All Grilling Needs)
  • Blender Tefal: Infiny Force Premium (Hand Mixer Set)
  • Spatula (Any Brand Is Fine)

If you don’t have a sandwich grill you’ll have the following options for grilling the cauliflower: 

  • Grill Pan (Any Brand Is Fine) 
  • Oven (Any Brand Is Fine)
  • Toaster Oven (Any Brand Is Fine) 

Curry Paste

OK, let’s start with the tricky part: choosing your curry paste. You will probably have a million different options. We ended up with a delicious Indonesian veggie paste.

You could also opt for a green, yellow or red curry. Or a massaman curry. Or make your own, home-made curry-paste! (Check out this endless list of options from our hero Jamie Oliver.)

Things to keep in mind: not all curry pastes are vegan! They will often use fish stock or other additives that can be an animal source food! 

Our suggestion: an organic, vegan, yellow curry paste does the trick well for this recipe. 

To Butter or Not to Butter

Nah, nah! What actually tastes very well in this recipe is coconut oil! We used it to spread it on the back of our slices of sandwiches and to grill the cauliflower. It gives the same crispy crusty bread as butter does, but without any of the non-vegan stuff in it! 

Make sure to soften the coconut oil slightly before using it. If not softened, it could be tricky to spread it evenly on the bread. 

Cauliflower

Are you wondering how we got those perfectly cut slices of cauliflower? Admittedly, it took me a couple of attempts before I figured it out, but basically, you want to make sure the cauliflower is big enough to cut decently sized slices. 

So… How do you do that? Well, cut off the biggest heads on your cauliflower, as close to the stem as you can get. Then, cut the part of the actual head that doesn’t connect directly to the small stem of the individual head (one side only!). Then, cut again about 7 mm away from that.

This should give you a slice as thick as your pinky (or do I have really thin fingers?). Cut again, and again if the head is big enough. Every head should give you about 2 or 3 nice slices. 

Pro Tip #1

Make sure the slices are evenly cut! If not, the grill won’t actually grill them evenly and you’ll end up finding some raw cauliflower slices (not so nice!).

Pro Tip #2

Grill the cauliflower on the grill that you’ll use for the sandwich: It will A) make the sliced cauliflower look gorgeous and B) leave some of the extra coconut-oily taste for the bread! 

Ginger Cilantro Ketchup

This recipe is super delicious with a special ketchup! Ketchup?! Yes! Ketchup! Most curries are made with tomato paste anyways, so ketchup goes extremely well with it! To spice it up add some grated ginger, or ginger syrup and finely cut cilantro. Mix and enjoy! 

Feeling Creative? 

Chickpeas, coconut, more grilled cauliflower… The possibilities are endless! I love to sprinkle some coconut flakes over this recipe to make it look pretty! Because admittedly, this recipe doesn’t really win the toastie-beauty contest with its looks… So coconut flake it up!

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Let Us Know What You Think

Suggestions? Recommendations? Want to share the love? Reach out to us! We love to hear what you think of this recipe and we definitely like to see more people doing some experimentoasting

If you have any ideas for a toastie recipe that your would like us to make, let us know that, too. We love to try all varieties of toasties… like, all of them! If we choose your toastie idea we will give you a shoutout in our articles and YouTube videos. 

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Grilled Cauliflower and Chickpea-Curry Vegan Toastie


  • Author: Toastie Lab
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x

Description

Let’s take the two best ideas in the world and put them together: curry and toasties! Curries are just delicious and every curry day we are thankful for the Internet and its endless source of curry-inspiration! The same goes for toasties: the variations are endless and once you start seeing the potential of these two slices of toasted bread… WOW! So much to try! So here we are with our Grilled Cauliflower and Chickpea-Curry Toastie Recipe!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of brown bread
  • 1 pack of curry paste (or one or two tablespoons if you’re making it yourself) 
  • Several cauliflower heads that are big enough to cut in slices of about 7 mm thick. 
  • 100 gram of chickpeas (pre-cooked) 
  • Dash of coconut milk
  • Coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Cut the cauliflower into slices of about 7 mm thick. Make sure they all have the same thickness. 
  2. Put some coconut oil on the grill and use a brush to spread evenly.
  3. Place the cauliflower-slices onto the grill and grill until done. They’ll be done when they have the grill-brand and are feeling soft (not too soft!). 
  4. Take the cauliflower of the grill (carefully – you don’t want to break them!) and put aside. 
  5. Now, put the chickpeas, a tablespoon or two of the curry paste and a dash of coconut milk in a blender or mixer. Blend, blend, blend. And taste to see if the seasoning is present enough. If not, add a little more of the paste! 🙂
  6. Make sure not to add too much coconut milk – only very little is needed!
  7. Take two slices of bread. Put coconut oil on the outsides. Make sure you put the coconut oil to soften slightly before you spread it on. If it’s too hard, you can apply the oil directly to the grill and use a brush to spread it out.  
  8. Flip the bread and put the chickpea-curry paste on one slice. 
  9. Place the grilled cauliflower slices on top. 
  10. Put the other slice of bread on top of that. 
  11. Place the toastie on the grill and grilllllll on for a minute or five – or wait until done.
  12. Take the toastie off the grill carefully. Garnish with coconut flakes. 
  13. Serve with Ginger Cilantro Ketchup and enjoy!

Notes

  • Bread Tip: Brown bread, something multigrain or whole-wheat
  • Sauce Tip: Ginger Cilantro Ketchup
  • Category: Comfort Food, Vegan, Snack, Lunch, Dinner
  • Method: Toasted Sandwich
  • Cuisine: Curry

Keywords: Comfort Food, Vegan, Cauliflower, Chickpea, Curry, Toasted Sandwich

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Toastie Lab is the collective effort of Jack and Eveline. We love making, experimenting with, and eating toasted sandwiches.

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