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Vegetarian Tikka Masala

Shashi Charles
This easy vegetarian tikka masala is packed with veggies and coated in a tangy, luscious spiced sauce.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 tsps freshly grated ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic diced
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 13.5 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 13.5 oz can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 head cauliflower with florets separated or chopped
  • 2 carrots peeled
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp plain Greek yogurt


  • Saute onions in a pan with olive oil, over a medium/low flame. Stir often to make sure onions are caramelized and not burned. Keep on stirring occasionally and cooking onions for about 20-25 minutes.
  • Add ginger and garlic and saute about a minute or so.
  • Then add in tomato paste, fire roasted tomatoes, coconut milk, smoked paprika, chili, coriander, cumin, turmeric and water and stir till well incorporated.
  • Then add in cauliflower and carrots and let simmer covered about 10 minutes.
  • Add in the green bell pepper and let simmer covered again for another 5 minutes or till cauliflower is tender.
  • Then add in the yogurt, season with salt and pepper and enjoy with naan or rice! *Can be served with a dollop of Greek yogurt and green chillies if desired.