This Indian style tadka pasta needs just a few ingredients to make and tastes absolutely delicious. This 30 minute meal is perfect for a quick meal or pack for lunch.

Indian Style Tadka Pasta [Vegan]








  • 1 cup Penne or Shortcut Pasta 
  • 2 teaspoon vegan butter or coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1-2 Dry Red Chilies, broken
  • 6-8 curry leaves
  • 1 medium Onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 Garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 3 cups Spinach, chopped
  • 1 cup Cooked Chickpeas
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garam Masala, optional
  • Salt to taste


  1. Cook pasta accordingly to package instructions. Drain the pasta and reserve the cooking liquid.
  2. In a pan, melt the vegan butter/oil and add the mustard, cumin seeds, red chilies and curry leaves; once the seeds start pop, add the onions and garlic. Cook until fragrant and the onions are getting lightly browned around the edges.
  3. Add spinach and chickpeas; cook till spinach is wilted, about 3~4 minutes.
  4. Season with salt and add the pasta. Stir in the pasta cooking water to get the desired consistency. Serve hot and ENJOY!!

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Nutritional Information

Per Serving: Calories: 280 | Carbs: 45 g | Fat: 8 g | Protein: 11 g | Sodium: 89 mg | Sugar: 5 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.