Vegetable Masala (Dairy-free)


Vegetable Masala is one of my very favorite Indian dishes, featuring crisp vegetables served in a creamy, spicy sauce.

vegetable masala in a bowl

Traditional Masala sauce is made with heavy cream, but this version calls for coconut milk as a dairy-free alternative.

We love Indian food in our home, but until recently, I’ve always been a bit intimidated to try making it myself. Requiring just a handful of dried spices, this sauce is surprisingly easy to make and not nearly as intimidating as you might expect. The beauty of making your own sauce at home is that you can make it as spicy or mild as you like, so you’ll never be stuck with a dish that isn’t “just right.”

We like things pretty spicy in our home, but feel free to adjust the spiciness to your own taste!

Vegetable Masala (Dairy-free)
serves 4

Adapted from this recipe

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon coconut oil or butter
1/2 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeno, chopped with seeds (about 1/4 cup)
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 cup coconut milk, or more to taste
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

1 lb. assorted chopped vegetables

Directions:

In a large saute pan over medium heat, gently cook the chopped onions, garlic and jalapeno in the melted coconut oil for 5 minutes, until tender. Add in the spices and salt, and saute another minute, until fragrant. Pour the tomato sauce into the pan, and allow to simmer for 15 minutes, until thickened.

making vegetable masala in a pan

Depending on how spicy and creamy you like your sauce, you’ll want to addΒ  gradually add the coconut milk and taste as you go.Β  The more coconut milk you add, the creamier and less spicy the final result will be. I like adding up to a whole can, depending on how spicy the jalapeno has made the sauce! This is also when I like to add a touch of maple syrup, to balance out the spiciness. At this point, be sure to taste the sauce and adjust any flavors you like.

Add the assorted vegetables to the sauce, and toss well to coat. Cover the pan and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes, until the vegetables are crisp, but fork-tender. Serve piping hot over a bed of rice or quinoa, if desired.
vegetable masala in a bowl

4.86 from 7 votes
Vegetable Masala (Dairy-free)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

A creamy, Indian-spiced vegetable dish.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: dairy free, paleo, vegan
Servings: 4
Calories: 218 kcal
Author: Megan Gilmore
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil or butter
  • 1/2 onion , chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 jalapeno , chopped with seeds (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup coconut milk , or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 lb . assorted chopped vegetables
Instructions
  1. In a large saute pan over medium heat, gently cook the chopped onions, garlic and jalapeno in the melted coconut oil for 5 minutes, until tender. Add in the spices and salt, and saute another minute, until fragrant.
  2. Pour the tomato sauce into the pan, and allow to simmer for 15 minutes, until thickened.
  3. Depending on how spicy and creamy you like your sauce, you'll want to add gradually add the coconut milk and taste as you go. The more coconut milk you add, the creamier and less spicy the final result will be. I like adding up to a whole can, depending on how spicy the jalapeno has made the sauce! Add the maple syrup at this point, and adjust any other flavors to your taste.
  4. Add the assorted vegetables to the sauce, and toss well to coat. Cover the pan and allow to simmer for 10 minutes, until the vegetables are crisp, but fork-tender.
  5. Serve piping hot over a bed of rice or quinoa, if desired.
Per Serving: Calories: 218, Fat: 13g, Carbohydrates: 22g, Fiber: 5g, Protein: 5g

Substitution Notes:

Enjoy!

Reader Feedback: What’s your favorite Indian dish? I also love Vegetable Korma, so I’ll probably be attempting that in the future!

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Comments

Meagan

Wow! This looks great πŸ™‚ I can definitely make this one. I am sensitive to tomato, so I may switch it out for pumpkin instead!

Cadie

This sounds really great….I love Indian food but I’ve never made it at home. I might have to try this! Hope all is going well with the pregnancy!

Therese

Just found you site, and this looks delicious! I’m probably gonna be a regular here :)) Thank you!

Sakshi

Wow sounds deli-sh.

You should also try putting tumeric too.

Mindy

This looks amazing! Just wondering… what do use on your hair? I have been looking for a more natural alternative then commercial brands and have had no luck.

Abbi*tarian

Yay! This reminds me some of how I’ve made veggie korma which is my favorite Indian dish! So, I’m going to try this & add toasted cashews & raisins on top, like I do when I make veggie korma! I’m happy to see how it works with quinoa instead of rice, as I’ve rarely ever cooked quinoa & have been meaning to incorporate it into my diet more! I’m excited to see your version of vegetable korma!!!
Also, @Meagan, I like your idea of using pureed pumpkin, instead! I’ve never thought of that, & it’s brilliant! I may try that w/ this recipe or another one sometime!!

Natalie

Hi Megam, love your blog. I visit your site every day. You sure look like a pretty young girl who went to elementary school with my handsome young son in the southeast. Such a talented group of young people! Regards!

Julie

Thank you for the delicious recipe! I made your veggie Masala tonight and it was a huge hit! My husband (who doesn’t usually enjoy Indian food) LOVED it. So did my sons, ages 2 and 4. I left out the jalapenos for their sensitive taste buds and they were in heaven! We served it with quinoa, papadums, and mango chutney. It was amazing!! Thank you, Detoxinista!!

Josie

Looks so easy and super delicious! I LOVE anything with spice–and that is why Indian cuisine is my favorite! I will bookmark this one for this week because I have a ton of veggies from my CSA and already have everything else in my cupboard! Thanks for the recipe. πŸ˜‰

Natalie

Hi Megan, thanks for another great recipe. I love your blog and use it every day. You sure look like the grown up version of a pretty little Megan my son Matthew went to elementary school with in a small mountain town in the southeast. It is fun to think that you are one and the same. Regards!

Kathryn

Looks out of this world – can’t wait to make it!

Penny

I’m excited to try this! I will be leaving the jalapeno out for my toddlers, so I hope that it still tastes good without it.

    Penny

    We enjoyed this! I left out the jalapeno, doubled all of the other spices, and used 1 3/4 cup coconut milk (my toddlers are tomato sensitive). Thank you!

Michelle

This recipe is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing.

Hali

This looks so good!! I get Indian take out every Sunday night (my weekly treat!). I love Behgan Bharta (eggplant dish) and Aloo Palak (spinach & potato dish). I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks for making me feel more confident that I can cook Indian food at home!

Brooke

Just made this dish tonight and it was delicious!! My husband and I both loved it and think it is our favorite Indian dish ever : ) We’ve made a lot of your recipes and absolutely love them (chili, salad dressings, desserts,etc…), so I figured it was about time I commented! Thanks!

Effie

I made this yesterday for my family and it was delicious!!! So easy to prepare and tasted exactly like I hoped it would. Thanks for posting this, it just might be one of my favorite new dishes! Many thanks:)

Luke

I’m crazy about Indian food, and this looks like a great dairy free option! Now if I could just find some vegan naan bread I will be set.

Lisa

Great recipe! My boyfriend and I loved it.

Deanna

I just made this! The sauce is addicting. Perhaps I would double the spices next time……or maybe not because I liked the mellow flavours as is……but if I’m in the mood for something with more excit.ement, I’d double the spices!!! But sooooo good. Served with sweet potatoes and zucchini over red quinoa. Amazing

Samantha

This looks great! I am a dietetic student and may make this with my class for a buffet we’re holding at the end of the semester. Do you happen to know the nutritional information for this recipe?

Thanks!

Kara

Made this tonight for me and my daughter, it was delishes πŸ™‚ Thank you so much! We usually struggle to get tastey meals with the both of us having IBS, but this went down a treat! Will defo be making this again! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Kelly

what vegetables did you guys use, i have not idea what to put in this dish. right now i have broccoli, carrots and peas, that doesn’t seem like enough, help?

janice

I am a sucker for Malai Kofta! Everytime I hit an indian restaurant, I go in with the intent to try something new, but then my self control takes a nose dive and I order the Malai Kofta again. However, because we go family style, I can also admit to loving Paleek/Saag Paneer and the coconut curries…My daughter recently tried the Masala and is a huge fan, and now I am as well! This recipe is so easy to throw together and the flavors are great (I did half the jalepeno for smaller taste buds) My family requested this one two nights in a row. Fantastic! Thanks Megan!

KatIe

Hi, Megan! As always, thanks for this recipe. I cooked this tonigt and DANG it’s good!! I used broccoli and cauliflower, as well as the full can of coconut milk and a tsp of turmeric. This will definitely be added to my go-to dinner list. Thank you!

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