Vegan Rogan Josh

Vegan Rogan Josh

Vegan Rogan Josh is a plant-based take on a Kashmiri lamb curry cooked in a creamy tomato-based sauce and spices. If you’re using tofu, we recommend marinating it in advance. If you want to skip out on the coconut milk, you could use just tomato sauce or try an alternative milk such as heavy cream. The recipe is referenced from the book Fake Meat by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.


Serves: 4-6 Time: 45-55 minutes

Vegan Rogan Josh

  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 heaping Tbs fresh ginger, peeled & minced
  • 2 cups seared seitan, tempeh, or baked tofu
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 15 oz. coconut milk
  • 1 Tbs curry powder
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika & smoked paprika
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 Tbs tomato paste
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • Optional toppings: pickled red onions, sliced almonds, minced cilantro


  1. Begin by preparing your protein in a skillet, then set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium pot (at least 4-quart), set heat to medium.
  3. Once hot, lightly coat the bottom of the pot in olive oil and begin sautéeing the onion with a pinch of salt for 5-7 minutes. Next, add the fennel and bay leaves. Sauté together for another minute before adding garlic and ginger and cook for 2 more minutes.
  4. Next, add the curry powder, garam masala, paprikas, and toss them to coat the onion, garlic, and ginger. Pour in a little bit of the vegetable broth to deglaze the pan.
  5. Then, add the lentils, 1 tsp salt, tomato paste, and the remainder of the vegetable broth. Cover the pot with a lid and bring to a boil.
  6. Once boiling, reduce heat to a low simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the lentils are tender.
  7. Next, add in the coconut milk, lime juice, and your seared protein. Turn off the heat, but cover with a lid and allow it to rest for 10 minutes.
  8. Remove the bay leaves before serving, taste, and adjust seasoning as desired.
  9. Top with optional toppings if desired and enjoy!

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