Tikka masala is one of our favorite dishes because it can be paired with a variety of tasty, nutritious, crunchy or creamy vegan delicacies. It’s easy to make, simple to store and use as leftovers and can be shared amongst friends at a gathering or dinner. Whether you make it super spicy or opt for a heavier, heartier recipe, it’s bound to make a serious impression on your taste buds.

1. Tofu Tikka MasalaTofu Tikka Masala

This Tofu Tikka Masala is made of button mushrooms, coconut milk, vegetable stock, spinach leaves, and plenty of firm tofu. When served over a bowl of brown rice, it makes for the perfect filling lunch option.


2. Roasted Cauliflower Tikka MasalaRoasted Cauliflower Tikka Masala

This Cauliflower Tikka Masala recipe is fantastic to pair with vegan cashew yogurt. It’s high in protein, fiber, and infused with rich Indian curry flavor!

3. Red Lentil Tikka MasalaRed Lentil Tikka Masala

The red lentils in this Red Lentil Tikka Masala are cooked in a creamy, spicy sauce that will delight your palate and keep you full. Plus, it cooks in just 30 minutes! The flavors, textures, and heartiness of this meal are well worth the creation.

4. Paneer Tikka MasalaPaneer Tikka Masala

Don’t get intimidated by the list of spices in this Paneer Tikka Masala, the beauty and flavor of authentic Indian food is in the variety of fragrant spices. Also, here’s a tip for beginners: buy the spices from the bulk section of your local grocery stores.

5. Tempeh Tikka MasalaTempeh Tikka Masala

This Tempeh Tikka Masala dish is full of creamy, tomato goodness. The meatiness of the tempeh adds perfect texture and the coconut gives it a fantastic creamy base. Serve this up over rice or your choice of carb for a great meal.


6. ‘Butter’ Masala With Roasted Sweet Potato and Cauliflower‘Butter’ Masala With Roasted Sweet Potato and Cauliflower

The buttery sauce on this Butter Masala With Roasted Sweet Potato And Cauliflower recipe is so easy to make. It’s made in mere minutes because all you have to do is mix all the ingredients together and simmer it until it’s hot. It doesn’t get any simpler than this. The sauce coats the roasted vegetables, making an indulgent meal that will surely warm your heart and soul.

7. Masala Moong Dal KitchariMasala Moong Dal Kitchari

This Masala Moong Dal Kitchari dish is the definition of Indian comfort food. It is packed full of warming spices, hearty vegetables, and rice of course. All these complex flavors blend together seamlessly to make an extremely tasty meal.


8. Healthy Chana MasalaHealthy Chana Masala

This Healthy Chana Masala is very healthy, nutritious, delicious, and easy to make. Chickpeas and tomatoes are simmered with a mixture of garlic, ginger, onion, and traditional Indian spices like cumin, garam masala, coriander, and turmeric.

9. Tempeh Tikka MasalaTempeh Tikka Masala

This Tempeh Tikka Masala will leave you with all the comfort feels minus all the heavy feels. Make this delicious Indian dinner right in your own home.

10. Chickpea Masala Curry Chickpea Masala Curry

This spicy, creamy Chickpea Masala Curry has a smoother sauce than its traditional chunky dish, which allows the texture of the chickpeas to really stands out from the rest. The best things about curries is that they taste the best after the first day.

11. 30-Minute Chana Masala30-Minute Chana Masala

This 30-Minute Chana Masala is a hearty mixture of stewed chickpeas and a nuanced blend of spices and the coconut cream makes it rich, decadent, and delicious. This is a perfect dish to serve before a party as a dip or to put over rice for dinner. 


12. Masala Lentils (Sabut Masoor)Masala Lentils (Sabut Masoor)

The spices and garlic are blended to a paste and fried in the oil in this Masala Lentil dish. A hot sauce (chiles, garlic, and vinegar) in the tadka is another secret to getting the right flavor profile.

13. Punjabi Channa MasalaPunjabi Channa Masala

This Punjabi Channa Masala is not a regular channa masala. This is super special. No garlic/tomatoes. Cooked with tamarind, it is one of those curries which will definitely stand out in the lot.

14. Tandoori Sweet Potato and Tofu Masala

This Tandoori Sweet Potato and Tofu Masala recipe is the ultimate plant-based tandoori masala. Sweet potato and tofu are combined with aromatic ginger, garlic, and chili in a creamy, spiced yogurt sauce that is punctuated with a squeeze of lime juice. Then, it’s baked until fragrant and crisp and served with cardamom-scented basmati rice.

15. Tofu “Meatball” MasalaTofu “Meatball” Masala

These balls in masala sauce are a perfect blend of Indian cooking and vegan food, they’re so full of flavor, you won’t believe it’s meat-free. The next time you want something a little special for dinner, opt for this Tofu Meatball Masala recipe.

Whether you’re craving something savory, light, or really healthy, tikka masala can be used in almost any dish! Also, be sure to download our Food Monster App for more miso recipes. The app is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!

Lead image source: Paneer Tikka Masala