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30 minute Chickpea Tikka Masala- hearty, simple, pocketbook friendly, stick-to-your-ribs comfort food that just happens to be meat, dairy, and gluten free from foodiewithfamily.com
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Chickpea Tikka Masala

The fragrant and perfumed Garam Masala and sautéed garlic and onions make this vegan Chickpea Tikka Masala every bit as inviting as its meaty, dairy-packed counterpart.  The defining flavor profile, Garam Masala, is a fragrant Indian spice combination that usually includes cumin, coriander, cinnamon, black pepper, cardamom, and other goodies.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 66kcal
Author Rebecca Lindamood


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion peeled and diced
  • 4 garlic cloves peeled and finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon Garam Masala
  • 2- inch piece of fresh ginger grated
  • 1 fresh jalapeno pepper stem and seeds removed, finely minced
  • 2 cans chickpeas drained and rinsed in a colander or 3 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 2 cans petite diced tomatoes 14.5 ounces each
  • 1 cup of full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro leaves coarsely chopped

Optional for serving:

  • hot cooked rice
  • additional fresh cilantro for garnish


  • Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan (2 quarts or larger) over medium heat. Add the diced onions and garlic and a pinch of salt and stir. Sautee the onions and garlic until partly translucent and slightly browned around the edges, about 4 minutes. Stir in the Garam Masala, the grated ginger, and the minced jalapeno and cook for another minute, or until very fragrant. Add in the chickpeas and diced tomatoes, bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk and return to a simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro. Serve like a soup, over hot rice, or noodles, garnished with additional cilantro, if desired.


Calories: 66kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 63mg | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.7mg