Tikka Masala

You guys!!! So I have never made Indian food at home and only truly eaten it like twice ever, I just don’t know what to order… yada yada. WELL I found this recipe for Tikka Masala that happens to be vegan and I made it on Saturday and I just finished it for lunch today and OH MY GOSH This is soooo good! Really even if you are not vegan or are new to Indian food you MUST try this! My Mom is coming to Colorado in a few weeks and I will 100% make this for sure!

Matt loved it just as much as I did, it is full of flavor, earthy, stocked with veggies and I love the tomato base to it! I found this recipe on Food with Feeling

INGREDIENTS

  • Large yellow onion (1/2 goes in sauce in blitzed sauce, 1/2 is finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 inch of ginger, peeled
  • 10 sprigs of fresh cilantro (plus more for serving)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of salt (optional)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of garam masala
  • 400 g of canned plum tomatoes, not drained
  • 1 15 ounce can of tomato sauce
  • 1 small container of vegan yogurt**, roughly 5 ounces (I typically use So Delicious ensweetened coconut yogurt)
  • 1 15 oz can of full fat coconut cream or milk**
  • 1/2 head of cauliflower, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 15 oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • Optional for serving: chopped cilantro, extra yogurt, basmati rice cooked

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a food processor, combine half of the onion, garlic, ginger, cilantro stalks, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Blitz until fully combined about 1 minute. (see photo above) Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the remaining olive oil over medium heat. Add in the chopped onion and spices, stir to combine and cook gently for 10 minutes.
  3. Into the skillet, add the plum tomatoes (with the liquid from the can), tomato sauce, yogurt, HALF of the can of coconut milk and the blitzed onion and cilantro sauce. Cook for an additional 5 minutes over medium heat.
  4. Add in the cauliflower and carrots and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Once the veggies are tender, add in chickpeas, frozen peas and the remaining coconut milk. Stir to combine and let cook for 5 more minutes or until peas are fully heated through.
  6. Serve with rice and (optional) a bit more cilantro leaves and yogurt.

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