Easy Chickpea Tikka Masala

8 servings


15 minutes

active time

35 minutes

total time


2 tablespoons coconut oil (or any oil or vegan butter)

½ large red onion (diced)

½ tablespoon fresh ginger

3 cloves garlic (minced)

sea salt and ground black pepper (to taste)

2 teaspoons ground cumin (I used roasted geera)

2 teaspoons ground coriander

1 ¼ teaspoons turmeric

2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (reduce to 1 teaspoon if you can't handle heat)

2 teaspoons paprika

1 tablespoon garam masala

1 teaspoon sea salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

1 ½ tablespoons tomato paste

2 teaspoons coconut sugar (optional - to balance out the acidity (or any sugar))

28 ounces tomato sauce (jarred or canned or fresh)

2 cans chickpeas (drained (2 cans) (32oz/454g))

1 cup coconut milk (the thick creamy white part separate from the coconut water)

juice of 1 lime (about 1 tablespoon)


In a large sauce pan over medium high heat, add the oil.

Once the oil is heated, add in the onion, garlic, and ginger. Reduce to medium heat. Grind a sprinkle of sea salt and ground black pepper over the mixture and stir together. Saute until the onions are translucent and the ginger and garlic are fragrant, about 4 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium. Add in the ground cumin, coriander, turmeric, cayenne pepper, paprika and garam masala. Stir into the onion mix to combine. Add in the tomato paste and add in a splash of water and saute it all together, heating up the spices to bring out more flavour, for about 3-4 minutes. Feel free to add more splashes of water to keep it moving.

Add in the tomato sauce. Stir everything together. Reduce to a steady simmer and let it all simmer together for about 5 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat and carefully pour the contents into a blender. If your blender is a glass blender let it cool much more before blending. Add in your 1 teaspoon of sea salt, ½ teaspoon of black pepper, and the sugar now. Blend for about 1 to 2 minutes until everything is fully blended and smooth. Pour the sauce back into the pan.

Add the chickpeas. Stir to combine. Bring the curry to a boil, and then reduce to medium-low so that the mixture continues to simmer for 8 to 10 more minutes. Cover slightly with lid but not completely to allow the steam and excess water to escape.

Pour in the coconut milk and stir to combine. Allow to simmer for about 3 more minutes. Taste the curry and season with salt and pepper if you desire. Remove the curry from the heat and squeeze the lime over the top of the curry, stirring to combine. Don't skip this step!!

Allow to cool slightly and then serve. Serve with some rice and some naan as great pairing options. Enjoy!


Serving Size



219 kcal

Total Fat

11 g

Saturated Fat

9 g

Unsaturated Fat


Trans Fat





591 mg

Total Carbohydrate

25 g

Dietary Fiber

7 g

Total Sugars

8 g


7 g

8 servings


15 minutes

active time

35 minutes

total time
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