Tandoori is a cooking style thats name is derived from the type of oven the food is cooked in; however, it usually involves marinating the food in a blend of spices, tandoori masala, and yoghurt. While the traditional version is meat, there are so many vegan tandoori variations to make instead! Tandoori tofu is one of the most popular, but there’s also cauliflower, seitan, and more! Vegan tandoori dishes taste amazing and aren’t too difficult to make. Plus, there are so many amazing options! You will definitely find at least one variation that you love. These vegan tandoori recipes are perfect for bringing something new to the dinner table and spicing up your night. Give them a try!
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1. 4-Ingredient Tandoori Tikki Tofu
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It cannot be stressed enough how yummy this 4-Ingredient Tandoori Tikki Tofu by Melanie Sorrentino is. Tofu is always best if you marinade it, so just throw them into a dish and let the magic happen. These are like fried tofu without all the work! You can simply bake these instead of char them if you don’t want them charred. The flavor profile here is a must try and it’s almost too easy to prepare.
2. Tandoori Tofu Scramble Tacos
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Tired of basic brunch ideas? So are we which is why were are so excited about these Tandoori Tofu Scramble Tacos by Maya Sozer. The tandoori tofu scramble is packed with flavor and just the right amount of spice then placed on a corn tortilla with a bit of arugula, avocado, red cabbage, and red onions. These handheld delights are the perfect way to start out your day.
3. Baked Cauliflower Tandoori
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4. Tandoori Masala Sandwich With Cheese
This Tandoori Masala Sandwich With Cheese by Carla Rendon and Jessica Ruiz is quick, easy, and bursting with flavor. It is comprised of tender chickpeas that are cooked with garlic, onions, a striking blend of spices, and topped off with a slice of vegan cheese. Plus, you will have more tandoori chickpeas than you can fit onto a sandwich so there will be leftovers for another lunch.
5. 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! This Tandoori Masala Black Bean Cheeseburgers With Caramelized Onions and Chips by Carla Rendon and Jessica Ruiz is fantastic!
6. Smoky Tandoori Tofu Tikka
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7. Tandoori Sweet Potato Sandwich
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Put an interesting spin on your usual lunch with this Tandoori Sweet Potato Sandwich by Tina Dawson. Sweet potato is soaked in a flavor-packed marinade and then roasted until perfectly crisp on the outside — and the packs quite a punch! Serve the tandoori sweet potatoes hot with a creamy mint chutney while the crispness still lasts! It’ll still taste great when it goes cold and soft, but then, why would you let such deliciousness sit out for that long without purpose?
8. Tandoori Tofu
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This Tandoori Tofu by Rhea Parsons is seasoned and cooked to perfection. The key is to marinate the tofu so it absorbs all of the different flavors. This results in spicy and moist tofu that tastes better than any tofu you could get at a restaurant. Any leftover marinade can be made into a sauce for tofu, rice, potatoes, veggies, or anything else you’d like! Top you Tandoori Tofu with a delicious Spiced Tomato Yogurt sauce for extra flavor. This really is such a delicious meal––you have got to try it!
9. Tandoori ‘Steaks’
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Tandoori masala is a blend of spices typical to the cuisine of India and Pakistan. The main ingredients are a complex blend of spices popular across India and the Middle East, which provides a deep, rich flavors. The most famous dish that employs this spice blend is tandoori chicken, which is made by marinating chicken in yogurt and spices before baking. This Tandoori ‘Steaks’ recipe by Yana Chistyakova recreates it by replacing chicken with seitan or any type of vegetable meat, such as lentil loaf.
10. Tandoori Seitan Dhansak
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This curry is absolutely delicious. It is textured by tender onions and a Tandori seitan that is out of this world, and all this is simmered in a nuanced blend of fiery Indian spices. This Tandoori Seitan Dhansak by Dan Waters is going to be your new favorite meal.
11. Tandoori Sweet Potato and Tofu Masala
This recipe is the ultimate plant-based tandoori masala. Sweet potato and tofu are combined with aromatic ginger, garlic, and chili in a creamy, spiced yogurt sauce that is punctuated with a squeeze of lime juice. Then, it’s baked until fragrant and crisp and served with cardamom-scented basmati rice. You have to try this Tandoori Sweet Potato and Tofu Masala by Laura Grosch!
12. Tandoori Masala Mushroom Curry
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This spiced curry is brimming with wholesome vegetables. This particular recipe uses carrots, pumpkin, and bell pepper, but you can swap these for your favorites! The coconut milk and ginger-garlic paste give this Indian entrée a uniquely complex flavor. Serve this Tandoori Masala Mushroom Curry by Preeti Tamilarasan with plenty of roti to dip!
13. Easy Naan Pizza With Tandoori Chickpeas
Spice up pizza night with this Easy Naan Pizza With Tandoori Chickpeas by Florian Nouh! Naan is covered with a spicy, creamy, and flavorful green curry sauce and topped with roasted, tandoori-spiced chickpeas. Sliced red onions and cilantro bring crisp, fresh, tanginess to this spicy pizza.
14. Whole Tandoori Roasted Cauliflower
This cauliflower is brushed with a creamy marinade packed with Indian flavor. A whole head of cauliflower is marinated in a sauce of dairy-free yogurt, ginger, garlic, turmeric, and tandoori masala. Then, it’s baked until tender and slightly crisp on top. the You can serve this cut up into small florets as an appetizer with a yogurt dip or eat it with naan or even put it in a wrap with your favorite sauce and salad. Either way, this Whole Tandoori Roasted Cauliflower by Pallavi Gupta sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
15. Tandoori Masala Burger
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Ever crave two cuisines at the same time? Say… Indian and a burger? Well, this Tandoori Masala Burger by Maria Koutsogiannis is the perfect solution! Made from quinoa and chickpeas and flavored with all sorts of yummy Indian spices, you can enjoy the flavors of a curry in hand-held burger form. Yum!
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