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5 from 9 votes

Chickpea Tikka Masala

Drowning in a creamy and fragrant sauce, this Chickpea Tikka Masala is easy to make on the stove or in the Instant Pot. Serve it with rice and naan for a comforting Indian-inspired meal.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian-inspired
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 341kcal
Author: Nora Taylor


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 14 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 13.5 ounce can full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup water, as needed to thin the sauce
  • (2) 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed

For serving

  • 4-5 cups cooked white or brown rice
  • Vegan Naan
  • chopped cilantro, parsley or green onions


  • In a large pan, warm the olive oil over medium-high heat. Sauté the onion for 3-4 minutes, then add the garlic and ginger and cook for 1 more minute.
  • Now add the spices, salt, tomato sauce, coconut milk and drained/rinsed chickpeas. Stir until smooth and combined, then simmer, uncovered, for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Taste; add more salt or spices as desired. Serve immediately over rice with Vegan Naan and enjoy!

To make it in the Instant Pot

  • Sauté the onion for 3-4 minutes in the IP using the sauté feature, then add the ginger and garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Turn off the IP. Add the rest of the ingredients and give it a good stir. Cook on high pressure for 8 minutes, then let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes or longer. Release any remaining pressure, open the lid, stir and serve over rice.


  1. Leftovers will keep for up to 5 days in the refrigerator, so it's perfect for meal prep! You can also freeze chickpea tikka masala. 
  2. Consider adding some vegetables to the dish, such as sliced zucchini, chopped and peeled sweet potatoes, cauliflower florets or carrot rounds. Spinach or kale would also be good thrown in.
  3. Nutrition information does not include added rice.


Serving: 1of 6 servings | Calories: 341kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Sodium: 747mg | Potassium: 471mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 328IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 4mg