Cauliflower Tikka Masala

Cauliflower Tikka Masala

Cauliflower Tikka Masala

serves 4 cooks in 35 mins difficulty one

The Ingredients

1/2 cup coconut cream

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 tablespoon mild or hot curry powder

1 1/2 teaspoons sweet paprika

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 head cauliflower, broken into florets (about 4 cups)

3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

One 1/2-inch piece fresh ginger, roughly chopped

1 small yellow onion, roughly chopped

1/2 jalapeño, seeded and diced

2 teaspoons garam masala

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

One 28-ounce can tomato puree

1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

2 tablespoons vegan butter (or olive oil)

3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish

6 cups cooked brown rice, for serving

Lemon wedges, for serving


Add 2 tablespoons coconut cream, 1 tablespoon oil, 1 tablespoon water, 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder, 1/2 tsp sweet paprika, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to a medium bowl. Whisk to combine and add cauliflower. Toss to coat evenly. Cover and marinate the cauliflower for 30 minutes on the counter. 

Add garlic, ginger, onion, jalapeño, and 2 tablespoons water to a food processor. Blend until smooth. 

Add remaining oil to a large Dutch oven or heavy pot over medium-high heat. Once hot, stir in onion blended mixture, garam masala, remaining curry powder, remaining paprika, and coriander. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture starts to brown, about 4 minutes. 

Stir in tomato puree, 1 cup water, and bell pepper. Cover with lid and simmer until sauce is slightly reduced and onion mixture is soft about 10 to 15 minutes. 

Preheat broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil and add cauliflower in a single layer. Broil, tossing halfway through, until cauliflower is browned and just cooked through. This will take about 8 to 10 minutes. 

Stir cauliflower into the sauce, along with remaining coconut cream, vegan butter, and cilantro. Cook until warmed through, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

Serve over brown rice with lemon wedges. Garnish with chopped cilantro as desired.

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