Chickpea tikka masala. Although this comforting curry is 100% vegetarian, it tastes just like your takeaway favorite. To amp up the flavor and color, chickpeas are roasted separately in the oven. Each spoonful of this curry is beautifully creamy with an added surprise crunch factor. Pair with fluffy naans or flatbreads for a delicious feast!
Cooking vegetarian doesn’t have to mean compromising on lip-smacking flavors. Contrary to the popular belief, vegetarian food can be utterly delicious, vibrant and rich in flavor. Plus, greens and pulses are loaded with goodness. And making the best vegetarian curry is simply a matter of fine-tuning the different flavors.
This chickpea tikka masala is super simple to make and comes together in about 20 minutes. Having said that, remember dried chickpeas always require more cooking time. Canned chickpeas is the magic ingredient in this recipe.
Crispy chickpea tikka
Roasted crunchy chickpeas add a different dimension of flavor to this recipe. To make chickpeas super crispy, coat them in beautiful spices like ground cumin, garam masala and red chili powder. Toss in a little oil and bake until crispy perfection.
Creamy tikka masala sauce
Start with browning onions in a little oil, and fry ginger and garlic. Next up, the spices. Ground turmeric, ground coriander, paprika and a touch of red chili powder. To impart that vibrant color to this chickpea tikka masala, you’ll need to add in tomato paste and canned tomatoes.
Once this mixture comes to a boil, add a splash of lemon juice and fresh cream. Pour in enough water to make a thick sauce. Oh, don’t forget to season. Simmer this sauce for a few minutes.
Now it’s time to add the final magic touch to this chickpea tikka masala. A generous sprinkle of garam masala and a handful of coriander (cilantro) leaves. Heat through. Finally, the roasted chickpeas go into the luscious sauce. And you’re done! Super easy to make, right?
And incredibly delicious!!
Well, how do you serve this chickpea tikka masala?
The classic pairing of naan and tikka masala sauce is a winner here. Or choose from your favorites – lachha paratha, Malabar parotta, butter naan, bullet naan, garlic naan. Again, it also tastes amazing with simple cooked rice, cumin rice or ghee rice.
The perfectly comforting and delicious dinner made at home. Ready to toss out your takeaway menus?
More chickpea curry recipes:
- Indian Butter Chickpeas
- Kadala Curry | Black Chickpeas Curry
- Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry
- Chickpea Masala | Easy Chana Masala
- Vegan Chickpea Korma
- Chicken Chickpea Curry