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Easy Chickpea Tikka Masala

Chickpea Tikka Masala - Dinner is on with this yummy & saucy Indian motivated vegan tikka masala recipe! It's lusciously creamy and easy to make right at home in 1 pan using simple ingredients!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dinner, Entrée, gluten free, lunch, Main Course, Simmer, Stovetop, vegan
Cuisine: Indian, vegan
Keyword: creamy tomato curry sauce, Easy Chickpea Tikka Masala, vegan tikka masala recipe
Servings: 6 serves
Calories: 304kcal
Author: Feodora Nastashia


  • 2 tablespoons olive-oil-or-1/4-cup-water/broth
  • 1 large-onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin-seeds
  • 3 – 4 garlic-cloves minced
  • 2 inch-piece-of-ginger minced-or-grated
  • 1 tablespoon ground-coriander optional
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon heaping-garam-masala
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon mineral-salt
  • 2 cans 14oz diced-tomatoes, with-juices (or 4 tomatoes chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato-paste
  • 2 cans 14oz chickpeas-(garbanzo-beans), drained-and-rinsed
  • 1 can 15oz. coconut-milk (full-or-low-fat – cream is ok too)

To Serve

  • 1/2 cup chopped-fresh-cilantro
  • grain-of-choice rice, quinoa, couscous
  • homemade-vegan-naan


  • In a large kettle, heat water or oil over moderate heat, add onions and cumin seeds, then cook 5 -- seven moment, until onions are browned around the edges. Add the garlic and ginger, cook 1 to 2 minutes longer. Add the garam masala, turmeric, garam masala, cayenne and cook for 1 -- two minutes, or until aromatic and sweet. Add tomatoes and cook 4 minutes, until they breakdown a little. Add tomato paste, chickpeas and coconut milk, then stir to blend and bring to a gentle simmer, stirring periodically. Adjust seasonings to taste.


Optional add-ins: For a veggie filled meal add in one or more of the following with the chickpeas.
  • 1 sweet potato, diced into 1/4 – 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup sliced carrots