Vegetarian Tikka Masala

by simplylife on February 11, 2012

It’s no secret that my husband and I love Indian food.  We were fortunate enough to visit India a few years ago and while I left for the trip liking Indian food, I came back obsessed.  I’ve even gone so far as to take a Vegetarian Indian Cooking Class, which helped me become much more comfortable using different Indian spices and cooking techniques.

I love the way Indian food is filled with so many spices, tons of vegetables and of course, served with one of my favorite things ever: warm naan.

If you’re intimidated to cook Indian food, the best thing you can do is get familiar with the spices.  I was able to find the most common spices at a small, local Indian grocery store (yes, I know this is the luxury of living in a city, but you can find them at your grocery store, they just may be more expensive).  Some of the most common spices are garam masala,cumin seeds and curry powder.  You can even cheat and get an “all in one” deal from buying an Indian spice blend from Penzeys Spices.

While this dish still doesn’t compare to what we ate New Dehli, Varanasi or Jaipur it at least allows me to relive the amazing experience and temporarily satisfy my craving for Indian food.

Vegetarian Tikki Masala

by Simply Life

Keywords: slow-cooker entree vegan vegetarian potatoes Indian



  • 1 15 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbs. tomato paste
  • 2 tsp. garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. curry powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 red potatoes, peeled and cubes
  • 3/4 cup peas (I use frozen)
  • 1 cup brown basmati rice
  • Naan, to serve with


1. In slow-cooker, combine all ingredients except rice. Cook on low for 7-8 hours, until potatoes are cooked through and tender.

2. About 30 minutes before cooking time is over, prepare rice according to package directions. Serve with naan, over warm rice and enjoy!

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~Do you like Indian food?  If so, what is your favorite Indian dish?

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  • Lauren

    this is such a good recipe 🙂 I love tikki masala, veggie curry or chana masala

  • Kalpana

    wow too good recipe..

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    I love Indian food and have experimented a few times making it at home. How awesome that you got to visit India! I bet it was amazing.

    • Simply Life

      Yes! It was amazing!!!

  • Hillary

    Naan is one of my favorite foods ever—which is hilarious in and of itself. I love me some bread!

    My favorite Indian dish is Chicken Vindaloo. So, so spicy!

  • Reva

    Tikki masala looks super good… loved the whole platter..

  • Belinda

    I love these flavors! What a beautiful dish!

  • Heather

    I have never tried Indian food but really want to – your recipe sounds not intimidating at all!

    Thank you for posting!

  • Arielle Hattan

    I haven’t tried a whole lot of Indian food but this looks so good and easy to make!!

    • Simply Life

      It is!

  • Anonymous

    Ive only had indian once and had a bad experience. I need to give it another go. Naan is awesome

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes

    I love Indian food! Your dish looks fantastic!

  • The Cookie Sleuth

    I love slow cooker recipes! Unfortunately I haven’t had much luck with Indian food…

  • gliding calm

    gorgeous!!! I am obsessed with Indian food, esp. after visiting India and trying the real deal!! It has been one of my favorite cuisines since I was 4 years old!! My favorite is chicken tikka masala, tandoori chicken, dal soup, samosas, and aloo gobi! 😀

    • Simply Life

      After naan, samosas are my next favorite!!!

  • Emma @ All The Pieces Of Me

    Yum that looks good!
    I love Indian food, but I’ve always been hesitant go into the kitchen and make some myself.. It just seems like a whole different league.. 😛 some ingredients I wouldn’t know where to get or what to do with really.. 😉
    But I’ve been planning to soon take the big leap and make a curry myself! 😛

    • Simply Life

      You should definitely give it a try! I was intimidated too but then I learned that it’s really the spices that are the only really “different” ingredients!

    • Simply Life

      by the way- I would love to see your blog but don’t see a link. what is it?

  • Mom

    I’m so glad you were fortunate enough to have authentic Indian food and then follow your passion and learn how to prepare it yourself! Now you’re teaching and sharing your experiences with all of us! IT’S GREAT; YOU’RE GREAT!!!

  • Yummychunklet

    How delicious looking! This looks great!

  • Baking Serendipity

    I have been intimidated by Indian food in the past. Usually, I don’t have the ingredients on hand, and steer towards food that is a little less spicy. This is a totally approachable recipe though. Thank you!

  • Anonymous

    Wow! This looks amazing. It’s frequently difficult to style curries, but you did a terrific job!

  • Kari

    I feel like I could enjoy Indian food if I discover the right dishes for my taste preferences. I might look to you for inspiration – this certainly looks appealing!

  • Deepa

    Veg tikki masala looks amazingly tempting and mouthwatering. Great to know that you liked Indian food while in Northern India. India is a melting pot of colorful cultures and cuisines. I surely hope that next time you would visit South of India like Mysore, Goa, Kerala, Pondicherry would taste completely different preparations what you have tasted. Would be glad to show you around and taste other recipes whenever you plan your next trip.

    • Simply Life

      Yes! I would LOVE that! 🙂 My husband was able to go to Southern India and he still talks about the food there and wanting to take me back because he knows I would love it so much!

  • Kiran @

    I am an Indian, so naturallly I’ve got to love Indian food no matter what. And you my dear, has made me so proud with this recipe. Bravo! That looks amazingly delicious. With a dollop of chill yogurt for each serving, its delish too 🙂

    • Simply Life

      Thanks for the kind words! I would love any tips I can get to make it even more authentic!

  • Reem | Simply Reem

    U did a great job!!!
    This looks really good….

  • Gina (Candid RD)

    This sounds amazing!! I need to try more Indian foods so Nick can learn to like them. HE has tried it a couple times and still isn’t convinced that he likes it (but both times he did eat everything!). I think this sounds like a great dish, especially because it has starchy potatoes, and it’s served with even more starch (Nick’s favorite).

    • Simply Life

      Agreed! This really is a great “entry” into making Indian food- you can totally change the “stars” of this as well- add chicken instead/with the potatoes, not use peas, etc. It’s the spices/sauce that really makes it and serving with rice and warm bread basically means it will get eaten 🙂

  • Allie

    How cool that you got to visit India! I love Indian flavors! Yum 🙂

  • Anna @ Food Fitness Frolicking

    There are so many cool things about this post! For one, how cool that you visited India! Any particular place you visited or just for vacation? Two, you took indian cooking classes? What an awesome idea! I never would have thought of that! And third, tikki masala is probably one of my top favorite indian thank you for a great recipe! Maybe I’ll make it for my French family? Hmmmm 🙂

    • Simply Life

      Yes! You should definitely make it for your family!

  • Jolene (

    Indian food is one of my favourite cuisines. I absolutely LOVE samosas. They are in my top 3 favourite foods EVER.

  • JoJo

    Very neat that you have been there! I have been to India too, they have so much to offer! Cultures (different all over the country too!), great food.. More than anything I really felt ALIVE when I was there! Naan is one of my favorite too, still looking for a perfect recipe 🙂 Yumm.. Masala…

  • Ranjani

    This looks great! I love that you used the slow cooker

  • Kim

    Yes, Naan is simply delicious. I’ve only ever had it homemade, but it never ever ever fails.

  • Thehealthyapron

    I LOVE indian food but I couldn’t tell you my fav dish. Naan? haha

  • Julie

    Very all tikka recipes!!

    Erivum Puliyum

  • camille

    Just last night I went out for Indian food with a friend since we both love it and both our husbands are either indifferent or actively dislike it. I don’t know what my favourite is, although any of the breads are awesome and samosas pretty much got me through college.

  • Emily @ A Cambridge Story

    I love this idea!! Tikka masala is so junky out at restaurants — and many recipes take forever to make at home. This looks like the best of all worlds.

  • Tigerfish

    I like Indian food so much that it’s hard for me to say my favorite. If vegetarian, I will go with Aloo Gobi being my favorite dish.

  • Anonymous

    Looks really good! I recently tried a frozen Paneer Tiki Masala dish from Trader Joe’s, fully expecting to realize that I had made a terrible mistake during my lunch hour, but I actually liked it! It’s fun to find different cuisines that you enjoy, keeps life interesting.

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