Chickpea Tikka Masala

Chickpea Tikka Masala

Background and History

Chickpea Tikka Masala is a vegetarian twist on the classic Indian dish, Chicken Tikka Masala. Originating from the Indian subcontinent, this flavorful and aromatic dish features chickpeas simmered in a creamy and spiced tomato-based sauce. It has gained popularity worldwide for its rich combination of spices and the hearty texture of chickpeas, making it a favorite among both vegetarians and non-vegetarians.



2 cans (15 oz each), drained and rinsed.


2 cups, pureed.


1 large, finely chopped.


4 cloves, minced.


1 tablespoon, grated.


1/2 cup, plain.

Heavy Cream

1/4 cup.

Garam Masala

1 tablespoon.


1 teaspoon.

Turmeric Powder

1/2 teaspoon.

Cumin Powder

1 teaspoon.

Coriander Powder

1 teaspoon.

Chili Powder

1/2 teaspoon (adjust to taste).

Vegetable Oil

2 tablespoons.

Fresh Cilantro

Chopped, for garnish.


To taste.

Cooked Basmati Rice or Naan

For serving.




Preparation Time

15 minutes

Cooking Time

30 minutes

Total Time

Approximately 45 minutes


Sauté Onion, Garlic, and Ginger

In a large pan, heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Sauté chopped onion until translucent, then add minced garlic and grated ginger. Cook until aromatic.

Add Spices

Stir in garam masala, paprika, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, and chili powder. Cook for 1-2 minutes to enhance the flavors.

Simmer Chickpeas

Add the drained chickpeas to the pan and coat them in the spice mixture. Cook for 5-7 minutes.

Introduce Tomato Puree

Pour in the pureed tomatoes and cook the mixture until the oil starts to separate from the tomatoes.

Create Creamy Base

Reduce heat and stir in plain yogurt and heavy cream. Simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.

Adjust Seasoning

Taste the Tikka Masala and add salt as needed. Adjust the chili powder for desired heat.

Garnish and Serve

Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve over basmati rice or with naan.

Nutrition Facts

(Values may vary based on specific ingredients and variations)

Calories: ~300 per serving

Protein: ~10g

Fat: ~12g

Carbohydrates: ~40g


Customize the spice level according to your preference.

For a vegan version, substitute dairy with plant-based alternatives.

Experiment with adding vegetables like bell peppers or spinach.

Allergy Warning

Check yogurt packaging for allergen information.

Adapt the recipe to accommodate specific dietary restrictions or allergies.

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