Curried Cauliflower Chickpea Wraps

These Curried Cauliflower Chickpea Wraps are a healthy, spicy make-ahead meal! Easily vegan and gluten-free, made with warming Indian spices, these wraps are freezer-friendly to boot! 

A metal bowl with chickpea wraps on a grey background

Friends, how do you like your carbs?

I like carbs – I like them a lot – but I don’t necessarily like carbs on carbs. Like, a side of garlic bread with your pizza? Weird. French fries and pasta? Weird. Or maybe it’s just me?

I should note, though, there was a pizza joint in Vancouver that used to do a spinach fettuccini pizza – yes, that’s a pizza topped with fettuccini – and it was bonkers good. Sat like a brick in your stomach, but man was it ever delicious. Ok, maybe I take it all back…

When it comes to wraps, I find that so often they’re a carb on carb situation… burritos stuffed with rice, and that kind of thing. Although the tortilla is deceptively thin, it packs more of a punch than you might imagine.

I’ve been working on these curried cauliflower chickpea wraps for a while now, and I’m pleased to say that they’re pretty much perfect. They’re kind of like burrito meets samosa, but we’ve replaced the potato that’s typically in a samosa with smashed cauliflower for a wrap that’s way less of a carb-on-carb situation.

Let’s make some Curried Cauliflower Chickpea Wraps, shall we?

chickpeas, spices, cauliflower, onion, cilantro, ginger, tortillas on a grey background

What goes into these wraps?

  • Cauliflower!
  • Chickpeas!
  • Onion
  • Ginger
  • Spices
  • Cilantro

That’s pretty much it! It’s actually a super basic recipe when it comes down to it.

cauliflower cooked in a metal pot

How do you make curried cauliflower chickpea wraps?

We’re going to start by mashing the eff out of some cauliflower. Well, maybe not the eff, we do want some texture. But it gets steamed and mashed and that’s the base of things.

Then you’re going to sauté the onion in a big pot, and after it gets a bit browned you’ll chuck in the ginger and spices.

In goes the mashed cauliflower, the chickpeas, and a good amount of cilantro.

THAT’S IT! Your filling is done and you’re ready to roll!

filling for curried cauliflower chickpea wraps being made

Listen, if wrap rolling stresses you out, feel free to freestyle the situation. Or just put the filling and wraps and accoutrements out on the table and tell your people to get off their lazy butts and roll their own wraps. What are you, their mother?

It’s entirely possible you’re their mother.

If you *are* planning on bulk-prepping these wraps, and in particular if you’re going to freeze them, you’re going to need to brush up on your wrap rolling skills. Here’s a handy wrap-rolling tutorial to get you started.

curried cauliflower chickpea wrap being filled

Like most of my wraps, these can be made in advance and tossed in the freezer. That’s where 4/6 of these wraps are right now.

To pack them for lunch you simply pull a wrap out of the freezer the night before (or morning of) and when lunch time rolls around you can either eat it at room temp, or remove the foil and give it a quick zap in the office microwave.

I’ve served these with a delish garlic yoghurt sauce, which is great for dipping. For packed lunches you can either tuck a small container of the sauce alongside your wrap, or, if you’re freezing the wraps, begin each wrap with a slick of the sauce on the tortilla before the cauliflower filling goes down.

The curried cauliflower chickpea filling is 100% vegan and gluten free. If you want to keep your wraps totally vegan, skip the garlic yoghurt sauce I’ve served them with, or replace the yoghurt with a vegan alternative like cashew cream.

If you’re gluten free, see if you can get your hands on some nice big gluten free wraps, and you’re in business.

curried cauliflower chickpea wraps cut in half with a bowl of filling in the background

Pro tips / recipe notes:

  • Why is there no curry powder in these curry wraps? Excellent question, and one that comes up a lot. Very few authentic Indian recipes actually call for curry powder, the curry comes from in the blend of spices in this recipe.
  • Can this recipe be made gluten free? If you use gluten-free wraps, you’re in business!
  • Is this recipe vegan? It’s totally vegan EXCEPT for the garlic yoghurt sauce. If you’re vegan you can leave that out, sub in plant-based yoghurt, or make a cashew cream instead. You’ve got options!
  • How far in advance can I make this recipe? The cauliflower filling will last for 3-5 days in the fridge.
  • Is this recipe freezer-friendly? You bet it is! Just wrap the wraps in foil or plastic wrap and toss them into the freezer. They’ll be good for up to 3 months.

curried cauliflower chickpea wraps in a stack

Hey Nutrition Lady, what’s the deal with cauliflower?

Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable, in the same family as broccoli, kale, and cabbage, with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory health benefits. Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate. It is a great source of vitamin B5, potassium, dietary fiber, and a good source of protein, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamins B1-3, and iron.

What about chickpeas?

Chickpeas, aka garbanzo beans, are a super food! They contain about 12.5 grams of fiber per cup, which is 50% of the recommended daily intake of dietary fiber.

About two-thirds of the fiber in garbanzos is insoluble, which is great for digestive health, particularly in the colon. The remaining third is soluble fiber, which can help lower our LDL-cholesterol, total cholesterol, and triglycerides; important for cardiovascular health.

Chickpeas are notable for antioxidant nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene, but also contain concentrated supplies of antioxidant phytonutrients such as flavonoids and polyphenols.

A bowl of curried cauliflower chickpea filling on a grey background with two chickpea wraps in a metal bowl

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Black Bean and Quinoa Freezer Burritos
Slow Cooker Chickpea Curry
Mung Bean and Coconut Curry
Slow Cooker Red Lentil Dal 

curried cauliflower chickpea wraps cut in half with a bowl of filling in the background
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Curried Cauliflower Chickpea Wraps

These Curried Cauliflower Chickpea Wraps are a healthy, spicy make-ahead meal! Easily vegan and gluten-free, made with warming Indian spices, these wraps are freezer-friendly to boot! 

Course lunch
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Chickpeas, Curry
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 244 kcal
Author Katie Trant

Ingredients

For the wraps

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower about 900g / 2lbs once trimmed
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 1 Tbsp finely minced or grated ginger
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 x 14 oz can chickpeas or 3 cups cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed well
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro leaves and stems
  • 6 large whole wheat tortillas

Garlic yoghurt sauce

  • 1 cup full-fat plain yoghurt
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Start with breaking down the cauliflower into large chunks.
  2. Place cauliflower chunks into a pot, cover with water, add a pinch of salt, and bring to the boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and simmer until cauliflower is tender (but not mushy!) about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Drain the cauliflower, and using a potato masher, mash it roughly. There should still be some chunks, but mostly mashed. Set this aside to cool a bit.
  4. While the cauliflower is boiling, set a large pot over medium-high heat. This is the pot in which you'll mix everything together in the end, so make sure it's large enough!
  5. Add the olive oil to the pot to heat, then add the onions and sauté for 5-7 minutes, until they're just beginning to brown.
  6. Add the ginger and sauté for a minute more.
  7. Reduce the heat to medium, and then add the salt, garam masala, and cayenne, and sauté for one minute.
  8. Add the mashed cauliflower, chickpeas, and cilantro and stir well, cooking for 3-5 minutes more.
  9. Remove from heat, and let cool slightly.
  10. To make the garlic yoghurt sauce (if using) whisk together plain yoghurt, crushed garlic, and add salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Spoon about 1/6th of the filling into the center of each tortilla. Fold one side over towards the center, fold the edges in, and roll up like a burrito.
  12. Serve with garlic yoghurt sauce if desired.

Recipe Notes

  • Nutrition values are an estimate only
  • For totally vegan wraps, either leave out the garlic yoghurt sauce or replace the yoghurt with cashew cream or another vegan alternative.
  • If you're making these for make-ahead lunches, either pack with a small container of sauce for dipping, or, when you're making the wraps start with a slick of yoghurt sauce on each tortilla before you add the cauliflower filling.
  • These wraps freeze well. Simply cool to room temperature, wrap in foil, and toss in the freezer for a busier day.
Nutrition Facts
Curried Cauliflower Chickpea Wraps
Amount Per Serving
Calories 244 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 811mg 34%
Potassium 586mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 4g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 5.5%
Vitamin C 60.1%
Calcium 12.3%
Iron 11.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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Comments

  1. These look outrageously good! I want one now!

    Those are definitely super woman feats Katie! Especially the speech giving one. I’ve been asked to speak at an event this summer and I’m already in a panic. What’s your secret?

    • No secret, unfortunately, it’s just something I do. I spent many years teaching and am super comfortable speaking in front of a crowd, so I guess I’m just used to it. And yes, these wraps are outrageously good! So looking forward to my lunch today!

  2. Wow! Your three superpowers are the three things I am the worst at! I don’t think I’ve ever even posted a photo of a burrito in it’s wrapped up form, because any attempt I make at that will be hideous. These look perfect though, and they sound delicious. I’m all about swapping out carbs with cauliflower these days – especially when it’s all gonna get wrapped up in more carbs.

    • I think you’re on to something with photographing them in their unwrapped form, wraps and burritos are sooooo hard to make look good! But this filling isn’t particularly photogenic, so wrapped up was the way to go. And yes to replacing carbs with cauli! It’s the perfect way!

  3. These wraps sound fantastic! I especially like the idea of stashing them in the freezer for future lunches. And also, my secret superpower is the ability to make delicious soup out of, say, water and a potato. 🙂 Super powers for all!

    • Ooooh, that’s a great superpower! Yes, wraps stashed in the freezer are a lifesaver, especially during a particularly busy week, or if you’re coming back from a trip and need a packed lunch right away.

    • Wrapping definitely takes some practice, but you’ll get it! It especially helps if the filling is a bit on the sticky side, as it helps the whole thing stay together. Let me know if you try these out, I think you’ll like them!

  4. do you have nutritional data on these? They look wonderful, but we have some medical issues we need to address.

    • Hi Nancy, do you mean calorie counts, etc? I don’t provide that kind of information in my posts because I don’t like to encourage calorie counting, but for those who need or want that sort of info, there are wonderful online recipe calculators. Try my fitness pal or sparkpeople.

  5. I am the worst, when it comes to nail polish, public speech or rolling a burrito. My nail polish is usually cracked even before I finished painting all my nails, I get super anxious whenever I have to make a speech, and I am just not able to make a wraps/burrito/spring roll/tortilla without everything falling out. Please teach me! Seriously 🙂
    This recipe sounds absolutely wonderful, I love the spices! I’ve never thought of adding cauliflower to my wraps, must be amazing!

    • There are some pretty good burrito rolling tutorials online, and it just takes practice! The nail polish and speech giving I have no idea how I do, so can’t help you there. I hope you love these wraps as much as I do!

  6. I made this tonight (only change was I added in some kale, im super anal about always getting my greens!)—- Great flavors (the ginger is delicious), great recipe, loved it

  7. My husband has a potluck lunch tomorrow at work and I had to find a recipe. I stumbled upon this one and decided to make a double batch of it. I also made a garlic cashew cream. Like you suggested, I first drizzled the cream in the wrap and then put the stuffing in it. Holy is that ever good!!! Amazing flavors coming thru and blend perfectly with the cashew cream. I am sure his omni coworkers will never ask if it is vegan and they will devour those wraps! Thank you for the recipe!

    • So glad you liked them, Isabelle! And I’m glad the garlic cashew cream worked out. I sure hope your husband’s coworkers like them as much as we do! I’ve got the last of my batch for my lunch today, and I’ll definitely be making more this weekend. Love these wraps!

  8. I tried them last week – very tasty! Only problem I had was with the tortillas, I think mine were a little smaller so I wound up having 8 servings instead of 6, and my lack of rolling skills led to some loose ends. My solution for the next batch = pita pockets

  9. I made these for dinner last night. So simple, with outstanding flavor! I loved using the cilantro and garam masala. My husband, who hates cauliflower, ate two.

  10. AMAZING!!!
    I made these and couldn’t stop licking the pan I put them in. Very flavorful. And I love putting in the time investment to have lunches for a whole week. I give these five stars! Can’t wait to try another recipe of yours 🙂

  11. I made these wraps for lunches this week. When my husband tried one, he said “Oh my god, these wraps are amazing. Best lunch ever!” I agree with him!! The garlic yogurt sauce is absolutely delicious with the cauliflower chickpea filling, and the heat level is absolutely perfect. Thank you for sharing this recipe! We will definitely be making these again!!

  12. WOW these are delicious!! I halved the spice and mine is still pretty hot – but oh my. What a hit. I have yet put it in a tortilla or added the yogurt mixture as they are fantastic alone. Thank you!

  13. Amazing!!! I doubled the masalas and used tandoori chicken masala instead of cayenne peppers. But these wraps are amazing!

  14. Tasty! I made these last night. I’m kind of clueless in the kitchen but these were nothing i couldn’t handle, even though I’d never cooked with fresh cauliflower or ginger before. However, they were REALLY!! spicy. I like spicy, but this was on the verge of being too much–the only way I could eat them was with very liberal amounts of sauce (which I used greek yogurt for because I couldn’t find plain regular in anything less than like a giabt tub). 🙁
    Tip for all us burrito-wrapping-challenged: I just discovered that if I wrap my sub-parly-wrapped burrito in foil, it keeps it together! Tear the foil down to enjoy. 🙂

  15. Stumbled across this recipe when looking for Sunday meal prep ideas and wow! This is so good! The spice with the yogurt sauce! SO happy I tried this out!

  16. Hi, if i didn’t want to freeze them, how far in advance could i make this (assuming i dont put it in the wrap until rrady to eat). Would 48 hours be too much? Thanks!

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