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Roasted Cabbage Wedges With Tomatoes and Chickpeas

Roasted Cabbage Wedges With Tomatoes and Chickpeas 4.000

Scott Suchman for The Washington Post; food styling by Diana Jeffra for The Washington Post

Weeknight Vegetarian Feb 21, 2021

Roasting cabbage gives you charred, crispy edges with tender, sweet layers underneath. This recipe spices the crucifer with curry and tops the wedges with a quick combination of saucy chickpeas and tomatoes. A pinch of sugar helps with browning and to balance the flavors of the sauce, but leave it out if you’d prefer.

Active time: 25 mins; Total time: 35 mins

Storage Notes: The cooked cabbage and the chickpea-tomato sauce can be refrigerated, preferably separately, for up to 5 days. The sauce can be frozen for up to 3 months; freezing the cabbage is not recommended. Reheat the cabbage in a 300-degree oven and the sauce (after thawing, if frozen) in the microwave or on the stove top.


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Tested size: 4 servings; each serving is 2 wedges and 1 cup sauce

  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 3 teaspoons curry powder, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt, divided, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small-to-medium head green cabbage (2 pounds)
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • Two (15-ounce) cans no-salt-added chickpeas, undrained
  • 1 pint (10 ounces) grape or cherry tomatoes, halved if small and quartered if large
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup plain nondairy yogurt (may substitute dairy yogurt; optional)


Position a rack in the lowest position of the oven and preheat to 500 degrees.

In a small bowl, whisk together 4 tablespoons of the oil, 2 teaspoons of the curry powder, the sugar, 1 teaspoon of salt and the pepper. Halve the cabbage through the core, and cut each half — again, through the core — into four equal-size wedges, leaving the core intact as much as possible. (This helps keep the wedges from falling apart in the oven.)

On a large, rimmed baking sheet, arrange the cabbage wedges in an even layer. Brush them all over with the oil mixture. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and roast for 10 minutes. Remove the foil and roast the wedges, uncovered, for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cabbage is tender and the sides touching the sheet are well browned.

While the cabbage is roasting, in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil until shimmering. Add the garlic, ginger and remaining 1 teaspoon of curry powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Add the chickpeas and their liquid, followed by the tomatoes, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat slightly so the liquid is at a gentle boil. Cook, stirring frequently, until the tomatoes begin to break down and the liquid has thickened, 7 to 9 minutes. Taste, and add more salt if needed.

Divide the cabbage among individual plates and spoon the chickpea mixture on top. Sprinkle with cilantro, dollop with the yogurt, if using, and serve hot.

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Recipe Source

Adapted from “The Complete Plant-Based Cookbook” (America’s Test Kitchen, 2020).

Tested by Joe Yonan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 453

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 21g 32%

Saturated Fat: 2g 10%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 756mg 32%

Total Carbohydrates: 55g 18%

Dietary Fiber: 17g 68%

Sugar: 18g

Protein: 15g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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