Vegan Christmas Dinner Main Dish – Baked Cauliflower with Spicy Lentils
Whole Spiced Roasted Cauliflower with Spicy Lentils, a great vegan main dish!
1-2tbsp vegetable oil
1tsp Chilli Powder
1/4tsp Ground Cumin
1tsp Smoked Paprika
1-2tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 Cloves Garlic
1 Green Bell Pepper
2tsp Chilli Powder
1cup (200g) Black Lentils
3 + 3/4 cups (900 ml) Vegetable Stock
1can Crushed Tomatoes
3tbsp Tomato Paste
1/2tsp Chilli Flakes
1/2tsp Cocoa Powder
Prepare the cauliflower first. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Peel the leaves off the cauliflower and cut the bottom of the stalk off so you can lay the cauliflower flat on the base.
Mix together the oil and the spices and rub all over the top of the cauliflower. Cover the cauliflower in tin foil and place in a baking tray. Bake for 60/90 minutes until cooked through.
While the cauliflower is cooking, prepare the lentils.
Finely dice the shallots and green pepper. Fry the shallots for 2-3 minutes in a large stock pot, then add the minced garlic and fry for another 2 minutes. add the green pepper and chilli powder and continue to fry until the pepper is soft.
Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 30-35 minutes until the lentils are cooked and the mixture is thick.
Serve the cauliflower on a bed of lentils and top with some freshly chopped coriander, pomegranate seeds and flaked almonds.