Veggie Tikka Masala
{Hope you are hungry!}

I tried a new recipe....and it's a keeper.  It's healthy and can feed a family of four.  At least....maybe more.

This is one of those recipes that makes a large quantity and it's so delicious but there seemed to be a little something missing.  I tried adding red pepper but that didn't give it the desired....bump.  Turns out a dollop or two of this chili sauce with garlic is just the ticket. Perfect.



We had this for a couple of meals, lunch included, serving it over broth cooked rice. So. Good.  Finally we decided to freeze the rest and that's a win for one of those weeknights when you get home from work and you are dead tired.

Just thaw a little and heat in the oven at a low heat.  Could be served over noodles but I really enjoyed the rice.  Add some naan and you can sop up the sauce. #slurp  And remember....this makes a huge amount but I don't think you can half the recipe as you need a 15 oz. can of coconut milk.  Hard to use half.


Veggie Tikka Masala

  • Large yellow onion (1/2 goes in sauce in blitzed sauce, 1/2 is finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 inch of ginger, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of salt (optional)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of garam masala
  • 16 oz plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 15 ounce can of tomato sauce
  • 1 small container of coconut yogurt, roughly 5 ounces 
  • 1 15 oz can of full fat coconut cream or milk**
  • 1/2 head of cauliflower, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 15 oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • Optional for serving: chopped cilantro, extra yogurt, rice 

1.    In a food processor, combine half of the onion, garlic, ginger, cilantro and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Blitz until fully combined about 1 minute.  Set aside.
2.    In a large skillet, heat the remaining olive oil over medium heat. Add in the chopped onion and spices, stir to combine and cook gently for 10 minutes.
3.    Into the skillet, add the plum tomatoes, tomato sauce, yogurt, HALF of the can of coconut milk and the blitzed onion and cilantro sauce. Cook for an additional 5 minutes over medium heat.
4.    Add in the cauliflower and carrots and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes.
5.    Once the veggies are tender, add in chickpeas, frozen peas and the remaining coconut milk. Stir to combine and let cook for 5 more minutes or until peas are fully heated through.
6.    Serve with rice and (optional) a bit more cilantro leaves and yogurt.
Credit where credit is due – This recipe comes from B.Brittnell at Life. One Meal At a Time .

I am sharing this with Beth Fish's Weekend Cooking Series.


Vicki said...

I love Chicken Tikka Masala but have never tried the vegetarian version. Your's looks really good!

Tina said...

Vicki, you could probably add chicken to this recipe but it's certainly good all veggie!

Katherine P said...

I wonder if I could substitute the coconut milk for something else. My husband is weird about coconut and this sounds amazing so I want to try it. I love Indian food but it's hard to get here. We had an amazing restaurant but it closed a few years ago and all the others are just too greasy and not good. It's weird because we have a huge Indian population here. That chili sauce with garlic looks yummy! I can think of a number of things to add that too!

Tina said...

Katherine, you don't actually taste the coconut milk and yet it is part of the overall dish that I think is necessary. I'm not sure what you could substitute. Doug just told me he didn't think about it when he ate it, no overwhelming coconut taste. We have three or 4 Indian restaurants here, such good food!

Mae Travels said...

It is amazing how the coconut milk adds depth to a curry without making it taste like coconut! Only problem is calories... 600 in a can of full-fat coconut milk. So delicious, too. Your recipe is intriguing, especially the addition of chili garlic sauce.

best... mae at

Tina said...

Mae, that chili garlic sauce gave it a good punch of heat. Not too spicy, just enough. Yes, I agree about the coconut milk, we I'll just walk a little more :-)

Claudia said...

Tina, I tried your link (Wordpress)on The Novel Food site - Simona's, and it wouldn't let me on without signing up with Wordpress. Thought you might like to know. Love curries, and this sounds like a good one.

Simona Carini said...

I like this vegetarian take on tikka masala!

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