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Vegan Chickpea Tikka Masala Recipe

This Vegan Chickpea Tikka Masala recipe is an easy-to-make and healthy dinner. Tastes amazing and makes big batches perfect for meal prep, or feeding a crowd. An Indian-styled dish that is popular for a reason!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Indian, Vegan
Servings 6 Servings


  • Non-stick Skillet


  • ½ diced white onion
  • ½ diced red onion
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 cm piece of freshly grated ginger freshly (a little less than an inch)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 heaping tsp garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 can of tomato puree (800g / 28 oz)
  • 1 can of coconut milk (400ml / 14 oz)
  • 2 cans of chickpeas (2x425g / 2x15 oz)

To serve

  • cilantro for topping
  • cooked grain of choice (rice, quinoa, couscous etc.)
  • other serving options: vegan naan bread, lime, toasted nuts etc.


  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Once heated add onions and cook for 3 – 5 minutes until translucent. Add cumin, ginger, and garlic. Cook for another 2 minutes. Then add seasonings: garam masala, turmeric, cayenne, salt and cook for 1 minute, until nice and fragrant. 
  • Add chickpeas and fold around, so they’ll be covered in spices for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Then add tomato puree and coconut milk, stir to combine, and bring to a gentle simmer. Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes over low heat. Then stir and simmer 10 minutes uncovered. 
  • Cook rice or other grain of choice.
  • Add seasonings to taste. Serve hot over a bed of rice with sliced naan. Garnish with fresh cilantro. Enjoy!
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