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Paneer Tikka Masala [Vegan]

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Tikka masala is a popular North Indian entrée that is usually served with naan and basmati rice. The most popular of tikka masalas is chicken tikka masala, so much so it is the national dish of Britain. Vegans, you don’t have to feel left behind, here’s an equally tasty, healthy and authentic tofu tikka masala for you, I promise you won’t miss the chicken. Paneer is Indian cottage cheese which doesn’t melt at high temperature and extra firm tofu replaces paneer beautifully in this vegan recipe.

Don’t get intimidated by the list of spices, 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. Some of them even carry organic spices in bulk, it’s cheaper, fresher and is not going to clutter your pantry. Enjoy this Tofu tikka masala with a side of naan and fragrant basmati rice, make sure to stock on enough Malbec to wash it all down.

Vegan Paneer Tikka Masala

This Recipe is :

Dairy Free Vegan




For the Curry:

  • 1 package extra firm tofu, cubed
  • 3 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, cut into1-inchh pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1-inch piece ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon dried fenugreek (kasoorimethi)
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground fenugreek
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 1-inch piece of cinnamon
  • 2 cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 green cardamom pods

For the Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup plain soy yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  1. Combine all the ingredients listed under marinade in a bowl and whisk until smooth.
  2. Add cubed tofu and green bell peppers and coat well with the marinade. Leave this at room temperature for about an hour. You can also make this ahead and refrigerate it for up to 8 hours.
  3. Place the marinated tofu and green bell peppers on a foil-lined baking tray and broil for 5minutes or until the edges start turning a little black. The yogurt will keep the tofu moist.
  4. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan and when oil is hot, add all the whole spices and powdered spices and cook for 5 minutes or until a nice aroma fills the kitchen. The spices may burn easily, so keep a close watch.
  5. Add onions and cook till they turn soft.
  6. Add ginger and garlic, cook for a minute.
  7. Add red bell peppers and cook till they turn soft.
  8. Add chopped tomatoes and a pinch of salt and cook till tomatoes turn mushy.
  9. Blend the contents of the pan until smooth and transfer it back to the pan.
  10. Add a cup of water and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Add more water depending on your preferred consistency.
  11. Add salt and broiled tofu/green pepper cubes and mix well.
  12. Garnish with finely chopped cilantro leaves.





A lacto-ovo vegetarian since birth, occasional vegan, food blogger, recipe developer and a voracious eater. Eat, live, burp was started in September 2012 to keep a journal of all the delicious food I have cooked over several years. Now it has more than 200 vegan/vegetarian recipes, all of them tried and tested in my kitchen.



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30 comments on “Paneer Tikka Masala [Vegan]”

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Marium Khan
1 Years Ago

Actually, tikka masala is NOT an authentic North Indian dish at all! It was invented by a British chef of Pakistani origin, in Great Britain, many years ago.

Boots Duvall
1 Years Ago

TOFU (vegan masala)? You gotta\' be kiddin\' . What will they think of next: ant cheese?

lydia c
1 Years Ago

Where is the list of ingredients for marinating?

3 Years Ago

What can you sub the soy yogurt with? I live in a very rural community and do not have access to the plain soy yogurt. Thank you.

Connor Paul Wallace
3 Years Ago

Tikkia masala really is not the national dish of Britain.

Finn Osinchuk
4 Years Ago

Sarah Osinchuk

Lali YCox
4 Years Ago

ok stop it. after the cashew frosting cheese cake i say, desert first and now this. yummy

Earyll Guest
4 Years Ago


Caitlin Anne
4 Years Ago

Marco Antonio Diaz yum!

Danielle Moro
4 Years Ago

Me gusta.


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