Vegan Tikka Masala (made within the sluggish cooker!)

Busy seasons of life name for additional straightforward, nourishing dinners. Don’t you assume? It lastly appears like fall right here in Chicago and with back-to-back cookbook photoshoots, I’ve been craving the entire warming recipes.

This straightforward vegan tikka masala recipe is one which Abra and I perfected 5 years in the past now and scarfed down just about proper after it got here out of the sluggish cooker. It’s DANG good. Candy, savory, filled with texture (because of all of the veggies), and extremely cozy for a chilly night time.

And right here’s extra excellent news: there are many cold-fighting substances concerned (garlic, ginger, turmeric), making it an excellent recipe to make if you’re feeling underneath the climate.

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vegan tikka masala in bowls

What’s tikka masala?

Tikka Masala is a well-liked Indian dish made up of rooster in a curry-spiced tomato-based sauce that’s sometimes infused with heavy cream and/or butter. On this vegan tikka masala recipe, we’re swapping the rooster for tofu and utilizing creamy coconut milk as an alternative of any dairy!

For those who’re not vegan or vegetarian, be happy to attempt my superb Sluggish Cooker Hen Tikka Masala.

ingredients for tofu tikka masala in a slow cooker

Elements on this vegan tikka masala

Oh child, this tofu tikka masala is filled with superb taste, veggies, and protein. It’s slightly candy, slightly spicy and so scrumptious that you simply received’t be capable to cease consuming it. Right here’s what you’ll must make it:

  • Tofu: I like to make use of the extra-firm tofu on this recipe in order that it doesn’t collapse within the sluggish cooker. See beneath for tips about prepping the tofu! You could possibly additionally add chickpeas for an extra increase of protein.
  • Veggies: YESS. This recipe includes a hearty dose of veggies together with carrots, potatoes (or candy potatoes), cauliflower, purple bell pepper, and onion. I additionally prefer to stir in peas! It’s good for ya so eat it up.
  • For the sauce: the flavorful tikka masala sauce consists of tomato sauce, coconut milk, recent ginger, garlic, a contact of maple syrup, and spices.
  • For the spices: The spices are a mix of garam masala (a spice mix out there at most grocery shops), cumin, coriander, turmeric, paprika, and cayenne pepper. I’m very into it.

vegan tofu tikka masala in a slow cooker

Don’t neglect to prep your tofu

I like to make use of the extra-firm tofu on this recipe in order that it doesn’t collapse within the sluggish cooker. To prep it earlier than including it to your sluggish cooker:

  1. Wrap your additional agency tofu block with a dish towel and place it on a plate
  2. Place a wood reducing board on prime
  3. Put one thing heavy on prime of the reducing board like a pot of water, books, and so on. in order that the water begins to squeeze out into the towel. Press for a minimum of 10 minutes. Then dice the tofu and use it as written within the recipe!

Alternatively, you too can use a tofu press particularly designed for squeezing out tofu!

slow cooker vegan tikka masala

Find out how to make vegan tikka masala within the sluggish cooker

This sluggish cooker tofu tikka masala recipe couldn’t be simpler to make. It’s actually three steps! Right here’s tips on how to make it:

  1. Combine the sauce & veggies. Add your entire veggies, sauce substances, and spices to your slow cooker and provides all of it a stir.
  2. Add the tofu. Rigorously fold within the tofu chunks, then cook dinner the tikka masala on excessive for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-7 hours.
  3. End & serve. For those who’d like stir within the frozen peas about 5-10 minutes earlier than you’re able to eat. Then serve the tikka masala together with your fav sides!

tofu tikka masala in bowls with naan

Our fav methods to serve tikka masala

This tofu tikka masala is scrumptious by itself, however we find it irresistible on prime of:

tofu tikka masala in a bowl with naan

Storing & freezing suggestions

Retailer this vegan sluggish cooker tikka masala within the fridge for as much as 4 days in an hermetic container.

  • To freeze: Let the tofu tikka masala cool utterly earlier than transferring to a freezer-safe container or bag. Freeze for as much as 2 months. I’d not advocate freezing the tikka masala with rice.
  • To reheat: thaw the tikka masala within the fridge. Whereas the curry is thawing, be happy to make rice, cauliflower rice or quinoa to serve with it. Reheat on the stovetop by bringing it to a simmer or within the microwave for two minutes till heated by.

General, it is a actually scrumptious, straightforward plant-based recipe to get extra veggies in. I counsel serving it on recreation days, at events, or simply prepping on your weekly lunches/dinners. Oh and don’t neglect to serve this with slightly naan on the facet, as a result of you understand the saying — once I dip, you dip, we dip!

vegan tikka masala in a bowl

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Vegan Sluggish Cooker Tofu Tikka Masala

tofu tikka masala in a bowl

Prep Time 30 minutes

Prepare dinner Time 3 hours

Whole Time 3 hours 15 minutes

Serves4 servings

This unbelievably nourishing vegan tikka masala recipe is filled with veggies and loads of protein from tofu! It is an excellent recipe for crowds or to make for meal prep and is scrumptious with a facet of naan bread for dipping. Use your sluggish cooker for a simple meal with little cleanup!


  • 1 (16 ounce) bundle additional agency tofu, drained, pressed and lower into ½ inch cubes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 purple bell pepper, lower into chunks
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 ½ cups diced gold potatoes* (from about 2-3 medium gold potatoes)
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 ounce) can lite coconut milk (also can use full fats coconut milk)
  • ½ tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • ½ tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon floor turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, plus extra should you like issues slightly spicier
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly floor black pepper
  • ¾ cup frozen peas
  • Recent chopped cilantro, for garnishing


  • In a big slower, add garlic, diced onion, sliced carrots, cauliflower florets, diced potatoes, tomato sauce, coconut milk, maple syrup, recent ginger, garam masala, cumin, coriander, turmeric, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper. Stir to mix. Add in tofu cubes, and provides a delicate stir. Prepare dinner on excessive for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7 hours.

  • Earlier than you might be able to serve, stir within the frozen peas and permit to cook dinner uncovered for 5-10 extra minutes. Serve with as is with a facet of naan bread, or with brown rice or quinoa. In case you are not vegan, I counsel serving with yogurt! Garnish with cilantro earlier than serving. Serves 4-6.

Recipe Notes

*Be happy to sub cubed candy potatoes or cubed butternut squash for the gold potatoes.
See the total put up for suggestions, tips, and storing directions!


Serving: 1servingEnergy: 303calCarbohydrates: 35.7gProtein: 14.8gFats: 11.5gSaturated Fats: 5.7gFiber: 8.7gSugar: 13.1g