Vegetarian Tikka Masala (Indian Cauliflower Masala)

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This Vegetarian Tikka Masala is made with cauliflower instead of chicken! This delicious Indian cauliflower recipe is perfect for vegetarians, but it’s also great for usual meat-eaters. The texture of the cauliflower masala (or Gobi Masala) is perfect, and the flavor of the homemade tikka masala sauce is absolutely delicious! Serve it on basmati rice with naan to complete the dish.

Vegetarian Tikka Masala recipe on a plate

Vegetarian Tikka Masala Recipe

Vegetarian Tikka Masala (cauliflower or gobi masala) is the perfect Indian dish for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. There’s so much flavor in this Indian cauliflower recipe!

Cauliflower Tikka Masala is such an amazing dish. It’s pieces of roasted cauliflower mixed into a tomato-based curry, served with basmati rice and naan bread. YUM!

This Indian cauliflower recipe is a great meat replacement with all of the flavor and texture you would expect from chicken tikka masala. I made my own homemade tikka masala sauce with the perfect level of spice to cover the roasted cauliflower. And it is GOOD if I do say so myself. Indian food is such a fun thing to make (and to eat), and this dish makes for a tasty, healthy dinner.

Whether you eat meat or not, you have to try this vegetarian tikka masala recipe (aka Gobi Masala, aka Cauliflower Tikka Masala). Whatever you call it, it is absolutely delicious!

Vegetarian Tikka Masala made with cauliflower is a super rich and flavorful vegetarian Indian dish you’re sure to love!

Cauliflower Tikka Masala in a skillet

Plates of cauliflower masala, basmati rice, and naan

Cauliflower Tikka Masala (Gobi Masala)

Chicken is the most well-known version of this dish, but it can be made with vegetables instead. Cauliflower is used in this vegetarian tikka masala recipe as a substitute for meat. Since there is no meat, a more accurate name would be cauliflower masala, or Gobi Masala as it would be called in India.

This Indian cauliflower recipe is cooked in a tomato-based curry sauce, and served with basmati rice and naan bread. It’s so flavorful and the texture of the cauliflower is just perfect. This cauliflower tikka masala is great for vegetarians, but it’s also just as good for usual meat-eaters. You won’t miss the chicken with this texture and taste!

Gobi Masala served with rice and naan bread

Vegetarian tikka masala made with cauliflower

How to Make Tikka Masala Sauce

Masala is a tomato-based curry sauce used in many Indian dishes, but it’s probably most known for being used in tikka masala here in the U.S. There isn’t a standard tikka masala sauce recipe, as it can vary drastically and still be considered masala. But I am very happy with the recipe I created for this vegetarian tikka masala. You could use this same sauce recipe to make with chicken instead.

What’s in Tikka Masala Sauce:

  • Tomato Sauce
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Garam Masala
  • Cumin
  • Ginger Cinnamon
  • Turmeric
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Sweet Paprika
  • Sugar
  • Heavy Whipping Cream

It’s a wonderfully spicy, flavorful sauce. I’m kind of obsessed with it! It tastes so good in this Indian cauliflower recipe (gobi masala).

Cauliflower Gobi Masala with rice and naan

Cauliflower cooked in tomato curry sauce

What does tikka masala mean?

Tikka refers to pieces of meat, while masala refers to the curry sauce. More literally, masala just means a mixture of spices, but in this case it is referring to the sauce portion of the dish. So Chicken Tikka Masala is pieces of chicken in a curry sauce. However, in this recipe there is no meat, just pieces of cauliflower.

What spices are in Garam masala?

Garam masala is a mixture of spices intended to heat or warm the body. This spice blend varies depending on where you buy it, but you can expect it to include all or some of the following spices:

  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamom
  • Bay leaf
  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Peppercorns

Cauliflower Tikka Masala with homemade tikka masala sauce

This vegetarian cauliflower tikka masala is going to blow you away! The spicy curry sauce, roasted cauliflower, and basmati rice make one delicious dinner that everyone will love. If you need a little something extra to serve alongside it, try our favorite naan rolls.

See the recipe card below for details on how to make Vegetarian Tikka Masala. Enjoy!

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