(Vegan) Easy Chickpea Tikka Masala

March 2, 2016

(Vegan) Easy Chickpea Tikka Masala


I had a group of friends over for dinner on Saturday night. One of the guests was vegan, which I actually love because it’s always a bit of a challenge.
As I was planning the menu, I knew right away I wanted to make my super delicious Easy Pumpkin Masala that wins rave reviews and sometimes even a standing ovation (seriously, I am not kidding!)
I also wanted to make some tikka masala. But I couldn’t make my award-winning chicken tikka masala. Because, you know, chicken and THEN the gravy (made with yogurt or cream) - so yeah, not vegan at all.
But then I thought that it’s such a shame that vegans miss out on something delicious like tikka masala.
So I got down to it and made this delicious and vegan Easy Chickpea Tikka Masala.
Chicken is replaced with chickpeas (the meatiest legume ever) and coconut milk is used instead of heavy cream.

Chickpeas


Now I understand that chickpeas are NOT paleo-friendly; but I decided to cook this dish anyway because I wanted to serve some sort of heart-healthy protein to my guests.
Plus, I figured since hummus is not a paleo-diet killer (or is it?), the chickpeas themselves are okay for the occasional consumption of legumes. Not to mention that even the paleo Almighty Chris Kresser believes that “eating a few servings of legumes a week is fine as long you tolerate them well.
Last — but definitely not least — not all of you guys follow the paleo diet. Actually, I think that just a fraction of my readers are cavemen.
So, why not chickpeas, for once...

(Vegan) Easy Chickpea Tikka Masala


Here’s the lowdown about this dish: rich, spicy, hearty, delicious. That’s it. So good. You might even say that this (Vegan) Easy Chickpea Tikka Masala is fleek.
If you love my Chicken Tikka Masala, I’m sure you’ll love this one too.
The gravy is delicious and works perfectly with the chickpeas.
All of my guests forgot they were eating vegan as they polished this off. You might just do the same.

(Vegan) Easy Chickpea Tikka Masala


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Ingredients
Serves 8

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 2-inch piece of ginger, finely chopped
1 tablespoon Garam Masala
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 (15 oz / 425 gr) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 (14.5 oz / 410 gr) cans diced tomatoes
1 can full fat coconut milk (I used BPA-free Natural Value)
1 teaspoon arrowroot powder or cornstarch
Salt to taste
Fresh chopped cilantro

Directions

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions, a pinch of salt, and sautè until translucent, about 6 minutes stirring every now and then. Add garlic and sautè for 1 more minute.
Add ginger and spices and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Add chickpeas and diced tomatoes, bring to a boil, lower to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
Stir in coconut milk and simmer for 5 more minutes.
In a small bowl whisk cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water. Stir in the chickpea mixture and cook for 5 more minutes or until the gravy has thickened.
Take a taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
Remove from the heat, sprinkle with chopped fresh cilantro and serve.

Nutrition facts

One serving yields 393 calories, 13 grams of fat, 60 grams of carbs, and 15 grams of protein.

43 comments:

  1. I had to come by after I saw this on IG - and dude - WOW!
    I adore making masala with coconut milk - but haven't ever added cornstarch or arrowroot to it before - so gotta try that!

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    1. I like to use it because it makes the gravy super thick and creamy. Do give it a try!

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  2. Yum! I love everything with chickpeas,I bet that your guests liked it very much!

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    1. They did, actually they (almost) licked their plates!

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  3. This looks amazing! Channa masala is such winter comfort food and yours looks seriously delish :) Pinning!

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  4. This looks gorgeous!Love the recipe :-)

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  5. I don't follow a paleo or vegan diet, so I eat all the things.. especially chickpeas in mass quantities. LOVING this tikka masala, Mike! Total flavor bomb of deliciousness going on here! I could eat this for dinner daily and be a very happy camper! Cheers, buddy!

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    1. I'm sure you'd love this, it's truly delish!

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  6. You have me drooling here and it’s 8am! This has me super excited as we leave for India in 2 weeks, can’t wait. In reading the recipe and looking at these photos I am a fan of this easily. Not paleo or vegan either. :) #WolfpackInternational

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    1. I might even add #WolfpackGreatness. Agree?

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  7. I don't follow a paleo or vegan diet either, and I happened to be a huge fan of chickpeas. I've never combined chickpeas with coconut milk, and this sounds (and looks) amazing!

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    1. This IS amazing my friend. You should totally give it a try!

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  8. Hi Mike, this is one of my favorites, I can see why it was a big hit, looks delicious!

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  9. I love the challenge of cooking for a Vegan as well, (since I don't follow any particular diet myself) but I don't think it will be a challenge next time because I'm definitely making this!

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  10. Hi mike,good to see that you tried tikka recipe. I like chickpea recipes a lot and you might be surprised that i never used coconut milk in my recipes yet...I am very excited to try this tikka recipe in your way....

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    1. That's awesome. When you do try it, please report back. I'd love to hear your thoughts about it!

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  11. Yummers! This sounds and looks awesome definitely getting pinned!

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    1. Well, hello stranger! I'm so glad to "see" you. Thank you so much for stopping by Tam!

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  12. Lovely meal, such comfort food!

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  13. Hello! I wonder if you could swamp Xanthum Gum for Cornstarch? ....I have a ton I'm trying to use up!

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  14. I'm scaling this down to serve just two people. Is it simply making everything with 1/4 of what you have here? Or do you recommend I keep some ingredients the same? Thank you! Looking forward to trying it :D

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  15. Looks yummy! Do you know if it can be frozen?

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  16. This is an Awesome recipe and a great way to enjoy a vegitarian meal without sacrificing flavor!

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  17. Do you drain the tomatoes or leave the juice?

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  18. 12 inches of ginger?! A foot of ginger? Is that right, or is it 1 2-inch?

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    1. It's 1 2-inch piece of ginger, definitely not a foot of ginger :D

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    2. Thank goodness! I also read it as 12 inches of ginger, and I am not a big fan of ginger. Can you please suggest how much ground ginger to use as a substitute for the fresh ginger? Thanks.

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  19. This is out of this world! I'm trying to eat better and your recipes are seriously helping! Made your pizza for the family a few nights back and they loved it. Did the Chicken Enchilada casserole kinda botched it. Pretty sure I burned the spices for the sauce.

    This however, is amazing! Served it with some brown basmati rice and the flavors were perfect. Repeating an earlier question, does this freeze well?

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  20. Hi, I was wondering, is that carb count including the rice? Because otherwise this over cauliflower would be legit and hopefully lower the overall carb count, right?

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  21. I made this for dinner tonight, and WOW! DELICIOUS! Thank you so much for the recipe. I used brown rice and it was fantastic. I also didn't use cornstarch or arrowroot as my sauce was already pretty thick.

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  22. You can use coconut milk in a vegan recipe??. I'm new to this vegan stuff.��

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  23. My daughter said she wants to be a vegan so I was searching for easy vegan recipes. I notice the recipe calls for coconut milk. Coconut milk is ok to use in a vegan recipe?

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  24. This dish was amazing!!! I omitted the paprika and cayenne (feeding 6&8 year olds) and the dish was still flavorful!!! It went perfectly with homemade naan and spiced rice. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful dish!!!

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  25. This recipe is almost unprecedented but it is also very healthy. Gotta give it two thumbs up!

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  26. I am making this tonight.... but is that one 2" piece of ginger or a 1/2" piece?

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  27. This was delicious! The flavors came together so nicely, it had a great consistency and was super filling!! My husband and I loved it, plus we will have leftovers for the rest of the week and probably weekend! Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe!! Cant wait to make this for all of our friends!!

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