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Cauliflower Coconut Masala

Cauliflower Coconut Masala is a flavorful Indian-inspired vegan dinner recipe. This healthy meal is quick and easy to prepare!

Cauliflower Coconut Masala (guest post by Coffee & Quinoa) |

Erica from Coffee & Quinoa is joining us today with her Cauliflower Coconut Masala.

Let’s be frank: I took to Erica’s blog like a hurricane when I first discovered her.  

She and I have obnoxiously similar taste in food, and I pretty much feel like I’m looking in the mirror when I read her posts. 

Over the summer, while it was 12 trillion degrees outside and I was dripping sweat in the confines of my own home and even the probiotic drinks I was brewing were pissed off, Erica was posting all the ice creams ever and it brought me serenity…as I sat there in a pool of my own sweat, wishing I could crawl inside a bowl of ice cream.

Enough irrelevancy…let’s turn it over to Erica so she can talk to you about her Cauliflower Coconut Masala!

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Cauliflower Coconut Masala (guest post by Coffee & Quinoa) |

Hello hello, fellow Roasted Root readers!

My name is Erica, and I share vegan and vegetarian recipes over at Coffee & Quinoa. I’m super excited that Julia is letting me hang out with you all today!

I’ve been drooling over Julia’s inventive recipes and gorgeous photos since I started blogging, not to mention giggling at her crazy sense of humor and very active imagination (ahem, extraterrestrial rhubarb creatures).

I can’t wait to get my paws on her cookbooks when they come out this year!

Julia and I share a love of vegetables, and that’s why I’m bringing you this recipe for Cauliflower Coconut Masala today.

When I started cutting meat out of my diet a few years ago, my favorite recipe for chicken tikka masala (with plenty of butter and cream!) was one of the first things to go.

But I’ve been thinking about it ever since, and recently decided to tackle a vegetarian version featuring cauliflower and coconut milk.

And holy moly, were the results ever delicious! I think this vegetarian masala (vegan with one easy substitution!) could give my old favorite chicken tikka masala a run for its money.

Cooking this dish is pretty magical.

You sauté, you stir, you simmer, and at the last minute, you whisk in a can of coconut milk.

All the sudden you have on your stove a pot of deliciousness that rivals your favorite dish at your favorite Indian restaurant. Pure magic!

The coconut milk tempers the heat from the jalapeno and garam masala and is a great balance for the tender, slightly crunchy cauliflower. It also makes this dish taste unbelievably decadent!

Basically the stuff my dreams are made of.

Cauliflower Coconut Masala (guest post by Coffee & Quinoa) |

I like to serve my cauliflower masala on a bed of jasmine rice with peas and cilantro.

If you’re not a white rice person, that’s cool, and I may or may not enjoy this with quinoa, as well.

But there’s something special about a heap of jasmine rice soaked in this creamy coconut masala sauce. It tastes unbelievably rich and buttery – there’s nothing quite like it!

If I could, I’d deliver you a bowl of this through your computer screen right now. I so wish I could.

Thanks to Julia and thanks to all of you for letting me hang out here and talk about veggies today!

Cauliflower Coconut Masala

A vegan take on classic Indian Tikka Masala, this Cauliflower Coconut Masala is rich and flavorful yet light!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
2 Servings


  • 2 Tbsp butter, use Earth Balance or coconut oil for vegan
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 2- inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 3 Tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 14-oz can full-fat coconut milk

For serving:

  • basmati rice
  • frozen peas
  • chopped cilantro


  • Melt butter in a large pan over medium-low heat. Add onions, garlic and jalapeno and saute until onions are translucent and begin to turn brown around the edges, 6-7 minutes. Add ginger, garam masala, and salt, and saute another 30-60 seconds. Stir in crushed tomatoes and sugar. Cover and bring to a simmer.
  • Stir in chopped cauliflower. Don't worry if it seems like there's no liquid left; this will change as the cauliflower cooks. Simmer until cauliflower is tender, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and stir in coconut milk. Serve over basmati rice with peas on the side, and plenty of chopped cilantro. Enjoy!


Serving: 1Serving - Calories: 697kcal - Carbohydrates: 50g - Protein: 15g - Fat: 48g - Fiber: 12g - Sugar: 30g
Course: Lifestyle
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Cauliflower Coconut Masala, cauliflower recipes, healthy recipes, Indian food, vegan dinner recipe
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 697kcal
Author: Julia
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Wednesday 5th of February 2014

Made this for dinner was AWESOME. Hubby and I totally grubbed it- the sauce would be so delicious on so many things, but the cauliflower was fab. Thanks for the great recipe and for all your other veg inspiration!

Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

Friday 31st of January 2014

Coconut milk...cauliflower...curry...can it GET any better?! I think NOT! I'm still new to the curry world since I just discovered my love for Thai food a little over a year ago, but man OH MAN, I could seriously live off of it! Love this and love Erica!! You two girls are my culinary (and photography) heros! :D


Thursday 30th of January 2014

We are just starting to incorporate cauliflower into our rotation but I can't say this was a winner. I think maybe too strong of a masala flavor in the sauce. It just didn't go well with the cauliflower, made it bitter actually.


Friday 24th of January 2014

magical is an excellent word. Looks so! Im on that cauliflower boat, too :)

Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes

Thursday 23rd of January 2014

Oh myyy! I would never guess in a million years that that was cauliflower by looking at it. This looks insanely delicious!

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