Vegan Keto Tikka Masala

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Vegan Keto Tikka Masala is for all you lovers of spice out there. You know who you are. As the saying goes, “Variety is the spice of life”. And we say it’s the spices that add the variety to vegan keto cooking.

I love spicy food just as much as I love the uncomplicated tastes of completely unseasoned, lightly steamed vegetables. This Vegan Keto Tikka Masala has the Keto King of vegetables as it’s base.

Yip, it’s cauliflower power with a punch!

The Vegan Keto Tikka Masala Origin Story

In one of my other recipe articles, I mentioned a famous Indian chef, Kundan Lal Gujral. Kundan was from Pakistan and migrated to India in 1947. He settled in Delhi and began his culinary journey from a street stall. He passed away in 1997.

But not before turning his humble street stall into a 400-seater eatery! He went from serving pedestrians to serving esteemed dignitaries, actors, and other famous people.

Kundan Lal Gujral is the reason why the West has dishes like Butter Chicken, Tandoori Chicken, and Dal Makhani. For those unfamiliar with Indian cuisine, dal, or dahl, is a mildly spiced dish made with pulses like lentils and split peas.

What we have created is a cauliflower main, with a flavor profile of the original tikka masala. Our Vegan Keto Tikka Masala can be served with creamed spinach, green beans, or a green salad. Add sambals of onion, tomato, and chili for extra heat!

How easy is it to make Vegan Keto Tikka Masala Curry dish?

This dish is not difficult but you’ll need to watch that the spices don’t burn. Having all the spices on hand also makes it easier to prep. As I often say, it’s good to have a well-stocked pantry. If you need a starting point, check out our essentials shopping list here.

Will this recipe break the vegan keto bank?

Yes and no. Yes, if you need to stock up on spices. But once you have your spice rack filled then future Indian/Asian/Mexican based dishes will all be cheaper to put together.

Hero Ingredients

We can’t really have just one hero ingredient here. So I’m going to focus on garam masala. Garam masala is a mix of spices that come ready to use. Usually, you will find blends of cumin, coriander, chili powder, or flakes, ginger, turmeric, and cayenne pepper. Sometimes the addition of cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, and fenugreek will be added.

But not all of them will be present. Masalas are custom blends that go with certain dishes, snacks, or beverages. For the Vegan Keto Tikka Masala, you can see garam masala is used as well as extra separate spices like cayenne, cumin, and ginger.

This brand is a good masala. The spices are non-irradiated and organic. This means the health benefits of the spices will be of greater value than when you use substandard spices. It’s not the cheapest choice though. Another choice is Naturevibe’s 1lb bag of certified organic garam masala Bulk Buy. It costs a fraction of the price compared to the 2oz bottle I mentioned first.

Recipe Tools

  • Mixing bowl
  • Frying pan
  • Oven
  • Silicone baking sheet


I’m feeling feisty so I want something spicy. 😆😅😃

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Vegan Keto Tikka Masala

  • Author: Kind&Keto
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes


For cauliflower:

  • 1 medium cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper


For sauce:

  • 1 ½ cups crushed tomatoes
  • ½ cup coconut cream
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cup minced cilantro
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 garlic cloves


  1. Preheat oven to 220 / 425.
  2. Cut cauliflower into florets.
  3. Place in a mixing bowl and toss with oil and spices until the florets are well seasoned.
  4. Place cauliflower florets on a silicone baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Heat oil in a frying pan. Add onion, ginger, and garlic. Cook until golden.
  6. Add spices and stir well.
  7. Pour crushed tomatoes, water, and coconut cream. Cook for 10-15 minutes until thickens.
  8. Add cauliflower and minced cilantro. Mix well.

  • Category: Dinner

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