This is one of those dishes that taste even better the next day, after the flavors have had time to develop, so feel free to make it ahead of time and reheat it. Most of the seasoning comes from curry powder–a full tablespoon–so be sure to use a fresh, high-quality curry powder (or simply one that you like). My favorite is the Maharajah blend, which contains cardamom and saffron, and is available from both The Spice House and Penzeys. I add it in two stages to give the best flavor.
1small chile peppersuch as jalapeño or serrano, seeded and minced
4cupsvegetable brothor water plus bouillon cubes
1poundsweet potatoesabout 1 large, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1tablespoonmild curry powderdivided
1large head cauliflowerseparated into bite-sized flowerets
115-ounce canchickpeasrinsed and drained or 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
115- ounce candiced tomatoes
1teaspoonsaltor to taste
1/4tspcayenne pepperor to taste
1tablespoonnatural peanut butter
Heat a large non-stick pot (4 quarts or larger). Add the onion and cook, stirring, until it begins to soften, about 3-4 minutes. Add the cumin seeds, ginger, chile pepper, and garlic, and cook, stirring constantly, for another 30 seconds.
Stir in the broth, sweet potatoes, 1 teaspoon of the curry powder, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook over low heat until sweet potato softens, about 20 minutes.
Add the cauliflower, chickpeas, and tomatoes to the pot. Add just enough water to almost cover the cauliflower, probably about 3 cups. Stir in the remaining 2 teaspoons of curry powder, and add salt and cayenne pepper (more if you like things hot, less or none at all if you prefer it not spicy). Cover and simmer until cauliflower is tender, about 15-20 minutes. Stir in the peanut butter and serve hot.
Instant Pot or Other Electric Pressure Cooker Instructions: Follow the instructions in Step 1 using the Saute or Brown setting on your electric pressure cooker. In Step 2, instead of bringing to a boil, close the lid, lock it and make sure the release valve is set to pressure. Use the manual or high pressure setting and set the time for 4 minutes. After the time is up, turn the cooker off and carefully turn the release valve to quick release the pressure. Follow Step 3 using the saute setting on low or medium heat. (You may also try returning the cooker to high pressure for 1 minute and then turning it off and letting the pressure come down naturally.) Stir in peanut butter just before serving.Nutrition Note: The peanut butter adds a gram of fat per serving but gives the soup a richness you won’t want to miss. If necessary, you can leave it out or substitute with cashew butter or another nut butter.One serving of this soup counts as zero Weight Watchers Freestyle points. Additional servings may contain points.