Vegetarian Laal Maas

In Indian subcontinent, the state of Rajasthan is famed for its rich regal culture and heritage. The arid nature of the region, the extreme climatic conditions, scarcity of water and vegetation has witnessed evolvement of unique cooking styles and food habits of the natives that is noticeably different from other Indian cuisines. The Rajasthanis have molded their culinary styles in such a way that many of their dishes can be shelved for several days and served without heating. There is a wide variety of delectable and exquisite Rajasthani dishes starting from a range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, to sweet and savory delicacies. Items like Dal-Baati-Churma and Bikaneri Bhujia have garnered both national and international popularity among foodies. 

Also some other quintessential Rajasthani dishes are Gatte ki Sabji, Laal Maas, Ghevar, Mirchi Vada, Mohan Thal and lots more as well. Among all Laal maas is a popular non-vegetarian dish from Rajasthani cuisine. This is a mutton curry which gets its color from the chilies used to cook it. Here I have prepared a vegetarian version of this tasty as well as eye catching meat curry as Vegetarian Laal Maas. Instead of meat / lamb, I have used jack fruit pieces. The taste and the look of the dish is same as that of the laal maas but totally a vegetarian dish.

This can be relished with bajra ki roti or even with either any aromatic rice or Indian flatbread. The unique feature of this hot, spicy and rich preparation is its fiery red color which it gets from the liberal use of red chilies. Completely gluten free dishis this and one should try this during jack fruit seasons particularly. 

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Laal Maas, Vegetarian dish, Gluten free, Side dish, Main course, Jack fruit, Rajasthani Laal Maas

Gluten free, Side dish, Main course, Vegetarian



Vegetarian Laal Maas

a vegetarian version of the tasty and eye catching Laal Maas using raw jack fruit.

prep time: 30 Mcook time: 50 Mtotal time: 80 M


  • Jack fruit (chopped and deseed) 3 cups
  • Onions (finely sliced) 4 no.
  • Ginger-garlic paste 1 tbsp
  • Bay leaf 1 no.
  • Cinnamon 1 inch
  • Cardamom 3 no.
  • Black cardamom 2 no.
  • Clove 3 no.
  • Cumin seed 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder 1 tsp
  • Mustard oil 4 tbsp
  • Salt as needed


  • Yogurt(well beaten) 1/2 cup
  • Ginger-garlic paste 1 tbsp
  • Chili paste (soak, boil & make a paste of kashmiri dry red chilies) – 3 tbsp
  • Mustard oil 2 tbsp
  • Cumin powder 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
  • Salt as needed


How to cook Vegetarian Laal Maas

  1. In a deep non-stick pan, heat enough water. Add the chopped jack fruit, salt and cook over medium heat for 12-15 minutes or till jack fruit pieces turn a bit soft. Do not over cook, the pieces should cook till soft.
  2. Drain the water using a strainer and transfer the jack fruits into a plate. Keep aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl take yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, chili paste, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt, mustard oil and mix well using a spoon or hand whisk.
  4. Next add jack fruit pieces and mix everything again so that each jack fruit pieces are well coated with the marination. Cover the bowl and keep aside for an hour in refrigerator.
  5. Then heat oil in a deep pan.
  6. Add bay leaf, cinnamon, cardamom, black cardamom, clove, cumin seeds and allow to crackle.
  7. Add sliced onion and saute till the onions turn golden brown.
  8. Next add 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste and saute for a minute or till raw smell goes out.
  9. Then add marinated jack fruit pieces along with all the marination.
  10. Saute over medium-high heat till 5-6 minutes.
  11. Add 1 cup hot water, salt and give a stir.
  12. Cover the pan and allow to cook over medium heat, stirring in between.
  13. When the jack fruit pieces are cooked thoroughly, add garam masala.
  14. Stir well everything and then turn off heat.
  15. Serve this vegetarian laal maas hot as a side dish with steamed rice or any pulao or plain rotis or bajra rotis !


Seeds of the dried kashmiri red chilies can be taken out if the less spice prefer.
Also half-half proportion of chili paste and red chili powder can be opted if you are not in a more spicy mood. The result is a deep red color but with a less spice.

Well, the July month challenge in the food group named as ‘Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge‘ was from ‘Rajasthani Cuisine’ and my partner was Priya. I gave her as Cardamom powder, Milk and mine are CardamomCurd. As usual, using mine two ingredients I had to prepare a dish from Rajasthani cuisine. So I have come up with this twisted dish as Vegetarian Laal Maas.

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  1. Priya Iyer

    Laal Maas is one of the traditional, best known dishes of Rajasthan. Love that you have come up with a vegetarian version of the dish. It looks so flavourful!

  2. Shobha

    What a lovely curry with a variation. Jackfruit must be tasting equally yummy.

  3. Kalyani

    What a fantastic idea to come up with Jackfruit as a meat substitute, Sasmta ! I have heard cooked jackfruit has a close resemblance to pulled pork too ! the colour and texture of this gravy is wonderful. Did u use the ripe fruit or the unripe one ?

    1. Sasmita

      Kalyani the jackfruits here used are the unripe ones 🙂 Do try sometimes if you get raw jackfruits 🙂

  4. Priya

    I am always on a look out for interesting recipes incorporating jackfruit .. ..this i am definitely going to make…yumm

  5. Sharanya palanisshami
    Sharanya palanisshami

    Vegetarian Laal maas sounds delicious , the colour of the dish was so addictive……

  6. Swati

    Very rich and flavorful vegetarian version of popular Rajasthani Laal Maas.. adding jackfruit as vegetarian substitute is a cleevr idea making it a treat for the vegetarians.

  7. Poonam Bachhav

    Loved your twist here of using unripe jackfruit for meat in this Rajasthani delicacy. The color of the dish is very appealing !

  8. Mayuri Patel

    Making a veggie version of Laal Maas is urging me to use jackfruit. You are right about it being a good replacement for meat as I've tasted a Thai curry with jackfruit in it.

  9. Narmadha

    The gravy looks so tempting and Mouthwatering. Love that you have used jack fruit as vegetarian option. It would taste so good

  10. cookwithrenu

    Love the fiery red colour of the gravy. Looks super tempting, will go well with roti , naan or rice. A perfect dish when you have guest at home.

    1. Archana

      Love the use of unripe jackfruit. It must have tasted awesome. I plan to do this next season but for we say goodbye to them currently.

  11. jayashree

    This looks delicious and loved the addition of jackfruit to it. I would love to try this one.

  12. Vasusvegkitchen

    Loved Ur vegeterain version Laal maas,the twist of using jackfruit is very innovative.Gravy looks very rich, colorful and tasty, can't even think that jackfruit is thr in it.. Superb ��

  13. Unknown

    Perfect… I love jackfruit and loved the transformation of this hardcore meat recipe into s delectable vegetarian one.

  14. Sujata Roy

    Your vegetarian laal maas looks super tempting Sasmita. I have made meatless meat loaf and here you made vegetarian laal maas, wow! Really loved it. Now I have to try this vegetarian version of laal maas.

  15. Rafeeda AR

    I am totally in love with this fiery looking laal maas that actually has no maas! What a substitute raw jackfruit is… just makes it look very authentic…

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