This is one of my all time favourite dishes of mine, the flavours are phenomenal and the textures are perfect, the crunchy bits on the cauliflower, and the sticky cloves of garlic and the pop of the chickpeas…I can wax lyrical about this one for hours….!
The marinade/sauce is sharp and spicy. If you need to take the edge of the sourness, or to add some sweet stickiness, add a spoonful or two of honey to the mix.
I love it freshly cooked, cold the next day, reheated, or whizzed up into a dip if there’s any left (it’s a rarity!). If you try it, I hope you love it too…
1 whole head of a medium cauliflower
1 can/jar chickpeas, drained
3-5 lemons, squeezed for the juice
16 cloves garlic, peeled
150ml olive oil
3 tsp mayonnaise/natural yoghurt
1 tsp Harissa paste/spice mix
1 tbsp tomato purée
Salt and pepper
Separate the cauliflower florets and cut them into similar small/medium sized pieces.
Mix all of the ingredients except the cauliflower and chickpeas together in a large dish to marinate in (I sometimes use a large oven proof dish that I can then put straight into the oven, but not always) then add the cauliflower florets and chickpeas and mix it all together well.
Put a lid on it and put it in the fridge for 24 hours.
The next day, preheat the oven to 200C/390F fan/convection.
EDIT: if you read this post previously, after making this again I have amended the way to cook it for greater ease and simplicity:
Either remove the cover and cook it all in the dish you marinated the ingredients in, or tip it all out onto an oven tray/cookie sheet/open wide baking vessel, using a spatula to scrape out every last fabulous drop of the marinade, all onto the tray.
Cook, uncovered for 45-60 minutes until the cauliflower is roasted, with some crunchy edges and cooked through. Give it all a stir or move it all around halfway through to mix the flavours up again and get the cauliflower pieces evenly roasted.
Leave it for as long as it takes for the cauliflower to get charred crunchy edges, and the chickpeas to darken and get crunchy too, and the garlic to get really sticky!
Eat on it’s own straight from the pan like I end up doing, or serve on its own, or with salad leaves or as a side dish with whatever you’re eating.
Try it with a drizzle of tahini too! So so good!