Creamy Vegan Tikka Masala

This, hands down is my favorite recipe I’ve ever made. I was actually saving it for my future cookbook, but when Le Creuset sent me this Sea Salt blue dutch oven and saucepan, I just had to make this recipe. The Sea Salt blue against the deep orange of the dal just speaks to me. This dairy-free tikka masala recipe is made with coconut milk, a great source of healthy plant-based fats. Also, lentils are packed with protein, fiber, and potassium.

Creamy Vegan Red Dal made with lentils, coconut milk, and spices galore so it’s packed with plant-based protein and healthy fats.

Creamy Vegan Tikka Masala

easy vegan meal, vegan Indian food, dairy-free dal, vegan dinner recipe


  • 1.5 cups yukon gold potatoes, washed + cubed

  • 1 medium white onion, diced (+ 1 cup water)

  • 1 14.5 ounce can crushed tomatoes

  • 3/4 cup red lentils, washed

  • 1 13.5 ounce can coconut milk (full fat)

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, loosely packed

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/2 inch piece of ginger, peeled + grated

  • 1 teaspoon garam masala

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 - 1 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt

  • additional freshly chopped cilantro (for garnish)


  1. Add 1 cup of water along with the onion, garlic and ginger to a large pot (or in this case a dutch oven) and sauté until onions are semi-translucent.

  2. Pour contents of the pot as well as coconut milk, tomatoes, bell pepper and 1/2 cup cilantro into a blender or food processor and blend on high until creamy.

  3. Pour back into pot and add in all remaining ingredients.

  4. Turn down to a simmer and let cook with lid on for 10 - 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  5. Remove the lid, and continue to simmer until potatoes and lentils are soft.

  6. Enjoy with your favorite rice or naan.

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