Easy Tikka Masala

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How about some comfort food? I was craving this hearty, spicy and creamy tikka masala. So I made "tikka" free masala 😆 Honestly, this is delicious with lentils, chickpeas, white fish, chicken, or just vegetables!

I made mine vegetarian and added celery root cubes which turned out to be a great addition!

This is really easy to make at home...


  • 1 TBSP coconut oil or ghee for frying

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped

  • 1-2 garlic cloves

  • 5 cm piece of fresh ginger, grated

  • 400ml plum tomatoes or cubed tomatoes (1 tin)

  • 200ml full fat coconut milk

  • 1 tsp cumin seeds or powder

  • 2 tsp garam masala and coriander powder

  • sea salt to taste (or chicken or vegetable broth - no sugar and yeast!)

  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika powder

  • chili to taste

  • vegetables of your choice: I used 1 leek, 1/2 celery root cut in cubes. Spinach or kale would go well with this as well or green cabbage

  • protein of your choice: 1 tin of lentils, chickpeas or 500g of chicken breast or white fish


  • fry some onions over medium heat until brown and add garlic and ginger and cook for about a minute

  • if using meat or fish, you can place your breasts or filets in an oven safe dish and pour the mix over your meat/fish and bake it for 20-30 minutes in the oven at 180°C or cut it in small cubes and add to the dish before adding the tomatoes. In this case you would fry it on both sides until almost done.

  • add garam masala, coriander and cumin spice and stir well

  • add tomato cubes

  • add sea salt or vegetable or chicken stock

  • add vegetables of your choice and cook for 5 minutes

  • add 200 coconut milk

  • add lentils or chickpeas and let simmer at low heat for about 20-30 minutes

  • add smoked paprika and chillies to taste at the end

  • serve with fresh coriander over rice or quiona

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