Rose Harissa Chickpeas with Roast Cauliflower and Dill Yogurt

This dish is the perfect winter warmer but with an added light touch, which is perfect for this weird weather we are currently having. I’ve added my favourite spice – Rose Harissa to one of my favourite ingredients, the chickpea and paired it with roasted cauliflower and a dill yogurt for a comfort dish that I just know you are going to love as much as I do. 

The dill yogurt is such a game-changer. Dill is such an underappreciated herb. I think that is because it has such a pungent taste, similar to that of fennel or celery that it can pack quite an unusual punch of flavour if not used correctly or paired with the right ingredients. It’s such an amazing addition to potato or grain dishes, such as this, or for anything that has a creamy dressing. It’s also really delicious and used commonly in vegan replacement dishes for seafood, cheese or egg. Basil, Chives, garlic and onion all pair great with it too. Which makes it such a versatile ingredient, especially in vegan or plant-based cooking. So, if you haven’t tried cooking with it before. I definitely suggest you try! Why not try my Green Split Pea Soup with Dill Coconut Cream or my Roast Carrot, Shallot and Butter Bean and Dill Salad with Olive Muffins 

Another reason why I love this dish so much is that it has very little prep and the oven does all the magic for you. You only really need to chop a few herbs, blitz the sauce when cooked and coat the cauliflower in your marinade before cooking which makes it the perfect mid-week meal when you just really CBA to cook. Plus, roasted cauliflower is such a magical thing. Roasting it turns the florets general subtle flavour into one that is deep and caramelised that exudes sweetness and a nuttiness that you’re unable to get in any other cooking method. And the marinade sticks and coats to each crevice making sure each bite is a little flavour packed bomb that builds on the back of your palette. 

Once you pair that nutty cauliflower that is soft and tender on the ends but still with a little bite on the stalks with creamy chickpeas that have been fried with smoked paprika, garlic, onion and rose harissa to create the ultimate feel-good comfort food. I actually love making extra of these chickpeas to keep in the fridge and then serve on toast or dip fresh sourdough into for a quick and easy lunch that is delicious as it is filling. I highly suggest you do the same. 

The dill yogurt is another great staple to have up your sleeve and in your cookbook repertoire and also in your fridge to swirl into soups, top curries, stews or dahls with or just slather on top of veggies or in a veggie-loaded sandwich. Once made it keeps for around 3-4 days but in my house, it never even lasts close to that. I’m always just popping into the fridge and dipping whatever I can find into it. It has this delicious zing from the citrus and the aromatic fragrance from the herb that is just oh-so-moorish

This recipe serves two, but you can always double it and make enough to freeze – minus the yogurt topping (but that can easily be whipped up in seconds). Once cooked, combine the roasted cauliflower in small enough chunks to be easily contained and make sure to combine so the cauliflower is coated in enough sauce to survive the freezer. This will stop any freezer burn and will keep in the freezer for around 2 months. Just defrost and reheat in a pan or in the microwave. If you have too much leftover but don’t want to freeze you can easily blend the chickpeas and sauce together and then toss through pasta and add the roasted cauliflower chunks in at the end. Or blend it all together to make a delicious soup. Use coconut cream or your dill yogurt to thin it to your desired consistency and then dip in some delicious homemade flatbreads. I have a masterclass that teaches you how to make my infamous simple 5-minute flatbreads and they will seriously change the game. They are super simple to make, taste delicious and are with ingredients you will likely already have in your cupboard. It means you are only ever 5 minutes away from the fluffiest little flatbreads to be able to scoop up and dip into a wide variety of dishes and just give it that extra layer of comfort.  

If you fall in love with the roasted cauliflower, which really is the star of this dish and fancy adding more roasted cauliflower dishes to your menu, why not check out my Creamy Coconut Roast Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry, my Roast Cauliflower, Courgette, Wild Garlic Pesto and Butter Bean Salad or my most requested dish – a Whole Roast Cauliflower with Smokey Tomato Sauce, Chickpeas and a Cucumber Mint Dressing.

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  2 servings
  15 minutes preparation time
  1 hr cook time


For the cauliflower;

  • 3 tbsp vegan natural yogurt
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp garlic granules
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium cauliflower, sliced

For the chickpeas;

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 400g can chopped tomatoes plus fill the can with water
  • 2 tbsp rose harissa
  • 400g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • 3 tbsp dill, chopped


For the dill yogurt;

  • Juice 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tbsp plain natural yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • 10g dill, chopped


For the cauliflower; 

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180c
  2. Mix all the marinade ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Toss the cauliflower in the mix to coat and then add to a large baking tray.
  4. Bake for approx 45 minutes – turning occasionally.
  5. Set aside

For the chickpeas; 

  1. Add the onion and oil to a pan. Fry for 8-10 minutes until caramelised. 
  2. Now add the spices and garlic and stir to combine, fry for a minute or so.
  3. Add the rose harissa, tomatoes and water. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.
  4. Finally add in the chickpeas, salt, pepper and chopped dill.

To make the sauce; 

  1. Add all the ingredients to a jar and stir to combine,

To serve; 

  1. Serve the cauliflower on the chickpeas and top with the dill yogurt.

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  1. JB on September 13, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Hi, came across you on Instagram and ended up here – thought this recipe looked nice. I don’t understand how long to cook chickpeas for – it seems you don’t cook them at all, just add them at the end but it’s a bit strange. I think chickpeas need at least 20 minutes in a sauce like this.

    I also don’t understand why you use extra virgin olive olive for roasting and cooking – can you please explain? I feel like everyone is talking about its low heat point so maybe it’s best not to use it? Or at least use cheaper regular olive oil for cooking as extra virgin is expensive and is usually used for dips and dressings not cooking?

    The flavours are great but I ended up cooking chickpeas for longer in the end – I think maybe it’s possible to add them together with chopped tomatoes?

    • Niki on September 13, 2021 at 5:26 pm

      Hi there
      the chickpeas are canned and therefore pre- cooked so no extra cooking required.

      Standard olive oil is perfect for roasting
      My best

  2. Rory on August 10, 2021 at 1:55 am

    My partner, friend and I had this for dinner last night & it was amazing! I’m a harissa lover and loved the pairing of dill yoghurt. Thank you so much for this recipe – will definitely be making again in the future x

    • Niki on August 10, 2021 at 11:48 am

      Hi Rory!
      Fantastic! Really happy to hear!
      Love, Niki x

    • Jessica on September 16, 2021 at 7:53 pm

      Do you use Rose Harissa paste or the powder form? Thanks!

      • Niki on September 17, 2021 at 8:39 am

        Hi Jessica
        Its paste.
        Love, Niki xx

  3. Tanya Sutton on June 8, 2021 at 8:43 am

    Oh my word, these chickpeas are heavenly! The whole dish is amazing. I have been making a version of the chickpea part of it for years but this knocks spots of it and I am never going back to my old recipe. This is book marked now as a go to. It’s very healthy but feels indulgent 🙂 Thank you for the recipe Nikki x

    • Niki on June 8, 2021 at 2:58 pm

      Aww thats so amazing to hear!
      Much love, Niki xx

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