Masala is a delicious Indian spice mix that’s used in a variety of dishes, from Chana Masala to vegan Tikka Masala. If you love masala or are looking for ways to incorporate the spice into your meals, we’ve got the perfect list of recipes for you! These 12 vegan masala recipes are perfectly spiced and super flavorful. They’re sure to impress!
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1. Masala Mushroom Bhuna: Indian Spicy Sauteed Mushrooms
This Masala Mushroom Bhuna: Indian Spicy Sauteed Mushrooms by Rinku Bhattacharya takes just 15 minutes to make, but it tastes like it has been slow-cooked for hours. It’s made using a slow-cooking technique called kasha or bhuna, which is cooking without water. This dish applies the same method without the wait time and the result is tender, spicy mushrooms that are ready to be served with rice or flatbread.
2. Wholesome Chana Masala
Source: Wholesome Chana Masala
This Wholesome Chana Masala by Lena Novak is so tasty and comforting. It’s perfectly spiced and will make your kitchen smell amazing. Chana Masala is a great recipe to keep on hand because not only is it tasty, but it’s also hearty. After a long day, you can pull some leftover chana masala out from your fridge, heat it up, and then enjoy a nice and filling meal.
3. Garam Masala Chocolate Oat Cookies
These Garam Masala Chocolate Oat Cookies by Claire Ragozzino are unique and full of flavor! Made with squash puree, rolled oats, warming spices, and chocolate chunks, they’re a hearty and healthy cookie that makes for a great cold-weather snack. Plus, they’re simple to make!
4. Chickpea Masala
Source: Chickpea Masala
If you’re new to plant-based eating, just know that any dish that includes chickpeas as an ingredient (Exhibit A), is a great place to start. You can make curries with chickpeas, falafel, hummus, chickpea pancakes, you can roast them and add them to salads, you can mash them to make a chickpea tuna sandwich and so much more. This Chickpea Masala by Trudy Geneus is an amazing recipe to make with chickpeas!
5. Lentil Masala With Curry Cauliflower
6. Roasted Cauliflower Steak
Source: Roasted Cauliflower Steak
7. Spinach Chana Masala Vada
Source: Spinach Chana Masala Vada
8. Curried Okra – Bhindi Masala
Source: Curried Okra – Bhindi Masala
Indian style okra stir fry with onions, tomatoes and spices! This version uses no oil, and yet has an amazing aroma and flavor. This Curried Okra – Bhindi Masala by Nikki and Zuzana is vegan and gluten-free.
9. Masa Masala Burger
Source: Masa Masala Burger
This Masa Masala Burger by Joni Marie Newman combines the Mexican and Indian cuisines! You can serve this burger on a delicious sweet potato bun, alongside brown rice, lentils and peas with a tahini sauce!
10. Red Lentil Tikka Masala
Source: Red Lentil Tikka Masala
Everything about this Red Lentil Tikka Masala by Kristen Genton is wonderful. The flavors are on point, the texture on point, the satisfaction on point … everything! Red lentils are cooked in a creamy, spicy sauce that will delight your palate and keep you full. Plus, it cooks in just 30 minutes! Such a delicious and filling meal––you have to try it!
11. Tandoori Masala Black Bean Cheeseburgers With Caramelized Onions and Chips
This recipe combines the zesty spice of Indian masala with a classic black bean cheeseburger. Add some caramelized onions and freshly baked potato chips and you have an insanely delicious burger! Oh, and don’t forget to layer on the melty cheese! You have to try these Tandoori Masala Black Bean Cheeseburgers With Caramelized Onions and Chips by Carla Rendon and Jessica Ruiz!
12. Cauliflower 65, Rice Hollandaise, and Podi Masala
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