Chickpea & Spinach Tikka Masala (Vegan) // Recipe

Today’s recipe is one I am currently obsessed with! It came about on accident one night when I veganized an old recipe I had for tikka masala. The result = AMAZING! My fiancé happily inhaled his portion and swiftly went back for seconds, as did I 🙂

We are both big fans of Indian food, and I mean who isn’t?! It’s delicious, comforting and so so satisfying. And I love it even more when I can create Indian style food at home. So since this recipe tasted so scrummy I just had to share the recipe with you all!

This is so simple to throw together and is a great 30min mid-week meal. Packed full of protein and bursting with flavour from the combination of spices it will definitely hit that sweet spot in your tummy. And I bet you’ll even have most of the ingredients in your pantry already 🙂

Chickpea & Spinach Tikka Masala

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Author: Everyday Nourished NZ


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp ground chili
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp ginger, chopped or grated
  • Zest of ½ lemon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1x 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp sweet chili sauce
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • ½ c coconut cream
  • 3 large handfuls baby spinach
  • To serve: Cooked brown rice and fresh chopped coriander


  1. Heat large pan and cook onions for 6-8mins until soft and starting to turn brown, adding a little water if they start to stick. (Start cooking your rice now too).
  2. Add spices, garlic, ginger, lemon zest and salt and cook for a further 1-2 mins.
  3. Add chickpeas, tomatoes, sweet chili sauce, lemon juice and coconut cream, cover and simmer for 5-10mins until the sauce is slightly thickened. You can add up to 1/4c water at this stage if you want it saucier.
  4. Add spinach one handful at a time, once wilted season with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve over brown rice and top with fresh coriander.

What’s your favourite Indian style dish? Mine (apart from this lush creation) would have to be a good dahl! Let me know in the comments below what yours is 🙂

I hope you enjoy! Much love xx


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