Cauliflower Red Lentil Tikka Masala

Cauliflower Red Lentil Tikka Masala | Healthy Eats by Jennie

If you didn’t know, my all-time favorite Indian dish of all time is Chicken Tikka Masala! Chicken Tikka Masala is not considered a healthy eat, as it typically may include lots of butter and cream! And it also has chicken, which doesn’t follow my weekday vegetarian plan. I have previously made a Vegetarian Tikka Masala Recipe, and absolutely love the flavor of the sauce! I couldn’t wait to have that sauce again and try out different veggie ingredient variations.  This one has made me equally happy! Be sure to check out the tofu version: Veggie Tofu Tikka Masala.

Cauliflower Red Lentil Tikka Masala

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, vegan, vegetarian
Keyword Vegetarian Tikka Masala Recipe


  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 sweet onion chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and chopped
  • 8 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1 T freshly grated ginger
  • 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 15.5 oz can of chick peas drained and rinsed
  • 1 13.5 oz can of reduced fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 3 teas garam masala
  • 2 teas turmeric
  • 1 T ground coriander
  • 1/2 teas cardamom
  • 2 teas salt
  • 1 teas cumin
  • 1 teas chili powder
  • 1 juice of a lemon
  • 2 teas agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (leaves and stems)
  • 1 medium-small head of cauliflower (about 2 ½ - 3 cups)
  • 1 bunch of swiss chard chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 2 cups spinach

• Extra chopped cilantro for topping • Serve with Rice or Pita or Nan


  1. In a Dutch oven or stock pot, over medium heat, sauté onions and peppers with olive oil for 10 minutes.

  2. Add garlic and ginger and sauté for 2-3 minutes more.

  3. Turn heat down to medium low and add crushed tomatoes, coconut milk, lentils, garam masala, turmeric, coriander, cardamom, salt, cumin, chili powder, lemon juice, agave nectar and cilantro – stir well.

  4. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

  5. Add cauliflower and simmer for 15 minutes more.

  6. Add swiss chard and simmer for 15 minutes more.

  7. Serve in bowls with rice and/or nan or by itself!

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