Happy Meatless Monday! Another chickpea recipe to the rescue. Many of you have been loving my Spicy Tomato Chickpeas with Quinoa recipe, that I was feeling inspired to make some other meal prep friendly, vegan but filling, chickpea recipes. Vegan Chickpea Tikka Masala makes a big enough batch for 4-6 servings aka one for lunch or dinner for all week long. It uses pantry staple ingredients, requires very little prep, and comes together quickly.
Pantry Ingredients Needed:
Garama Masala or Tikka Masala spice blend – read below for tips on this!
Ground Cayenne Pepper – omit if you don’t like a little heat.
Canned Diced Tomatoes – I prefer petite diced for this recipe, but regular diced will work just fine.
Can of Tomato Paste
Can of Coconut Milk
Rice for serving
Easy Steps to make the Vegan Chickpea Tikka Masala:
Start by sautéing the onion in olive oil.
Once the onions are tender, add the garlic, ginger, and spices. Saute for another minute. This brings out the flavor of the spices and lets the garlic and ginger cook.
Add the tomato paste, diced tomatoes, chickpeas, and coconut milk. Stir together and bring to a simmer.
Allow the chickpeas to simmer for about 20 minutes until thickened.
Serve with rice or other grain, sprinkle with fresh cilantro, and enjoy!
Garam Masala or Tikka Masala Seasoning Blend – Where to find it:
Check in the ethnic aisle of your grocery store.
Visit out your local ethnic supermarket. If you’re in the Twin Cities area, I buy a lot of my global spices and other ethnic ingredients at Bill’s Imported Foods in the Lyn-Lake neighborhood of Minneapolis. So many spice and seasoning blend options for an affordable price.
Not wanting to make a special trip? You can make the seasoning blend yourself using some staple spices. Here’s a great recipe to make your own blend.