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Tandoori Vegetables

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Tandoori vegetables are great served as a side or main course.

When I’m cooking tandoori chicken or lamb raan, I also like to serve tandoori vegetables as a side. These tandoori vegetables can be made with the vegetables of your choice. You will get great results every time!

Tandoori vegetables

Are you hungry for your veggies yet? These vegetables are so good!

About this recipe for tandoori vegetables

You can prepare this easy recipe in different ways. Whether you cook them outdoors on the barbecue or in your oven, you are going to love the flavour.

The tandoori marinade is simple and subtle so you get a nice hit of spice while not losing the natural flavour of the vegetables you choose.

Why do you put gram flour in the marinade?

The gram flour adds both flavour and a delicious appearance to the tandoori vegetables. It makes the marinade thicker which looks great when grilled.

You could also place these tandoori vegetables on a lightly oiled baking tray and cook them in a hot oven until lightly charred and cooked through. Personally though, I enjoy the smoky flavour and char that comes from cooking them over hot coals on skewers and the gram flour adds both to their flavour and appearance.

Which Vegetables?

You can use any vegetables you like for this recipe. If using harder vegetable such as carrots or potatoes, you might want to simmer then until fork tender before adding them to the marinade.

This will help ensure that they cook in the same time as softer vegetables. Really, it’s down to you and your personal preference.

Can you make these vegetables ahead of time?

Yes! You can prepare the marinade and marinate the veggies a good day ahead of cooking. It will actually add to the flavour.

What do you serve these tandoori vegetable with?

Like anything tandoor, these grilled vegetables are great with naans and I have a lot of naan recipes for you. Why don’t you try   instant naansPeshwari naansstove top naanskeema naansgarlic naanstandoor naans (if you have a tandoor oven), or if you’re cooking outdoors, karahi naans.

If chapatis are more your thing, try thesereally  homemade chapatis with a good side sauce such as mint and coriander chutney.

These veggies are also great served with tarka dal or the slowly simmered makhani dal.


Making Tandoori vegetables

Par-boil for a couple of minutes. Not too soft now!

Tandoori vegetables

Smother the vegetables with the marinade.

Tandoori Broccoli, Cauliflower and onion

Almost ready.

Tandoori vegetables.

Oh yes!

You might like to try these tandoori vegetables in one of these famous curry sauces!

You can substitute these tandoori vegetables to curry sauces to make vegetarian versions of some of the most popular curry house curries.

Chicken Korma
Chicken Madras
Lamb Rogan Josh
Lamb Vindaloo
Chicken Chilli Garlic
Chicken Patia

Yield: 4

Tandoori Vegetables

tandoori vegetables
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 head of broccoli cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 head of cauliflower cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 red onion – quartered
  • 3 tablespoons gram flour
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • Juice of on lemon
  • Salt to taste


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the broccoli and cauliflower florets. Boil until 50% cooked. About a two or three minutes should do. Remove the vegetables from the water to cool.
  2. Mix all of the marinade ingredients and place the broccoli and cauliflower in a large mixing bowl with the sliced onion and pour the marinade over it all. Stir so that all of the vegetables are equally coated.
  3. When ready to cook, prepare you barbecue grill. Skewer the vegetables and cook directly over the hot coals until cooked through.
  4. Season with salt to taste and serve immediately.

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Saturday 10th of December 2016

Can you oven this recipe Dan ?


Saturday 30th of January 2016

Dan, can a broiler be used instead of a grill if all we have is an oven? thanks,N

Dan Toombs

Wednesday 24th of February 2016

Hi Nalini

You sure can. Just watch it closely.

Thanks Dan


Monday 9th of November 2015

Yummy looking so good and healthy! Thanks for the recipe!

Love Katie

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