nutritional information

Per 1 1/2-cup serving:

  • Calories: 328
  • Protein: 16 g
  • Total Fat: 9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 52 g
  • Cholesterol: 2 mg
  • Sodium: 582 mg
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Sugar: 11 g

Chickpea Tikka Masala

Chickpea Tikka Masala

Serves 4

30 minutes or fewer

This mild veg version of an Indian restaurant favorite shows that Indian food doesn’t have to be ultra-spicy to be good.
  • 1 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • ½ medium onion, diced
  • 1 Tbs. garam masala
  • 1 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1 serrano chile, minced
  • 2 15-oz. cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • ½ cup low-fat Greek-style yogurt
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro

1. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add 
onion, and sauté 5 minutes, or until softened. 
Add garam masala, tomato paste, ginger, and 
serrano chile, and season with salt, if desired. 
Sauté 1 minute more.

2. Stir in chickpeas and tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in yogurt and cilantro.

March 2014 p.24

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Anna - 2014-04-06 22:24:55

I was really looking forward to this but the spices were off even after doubling them. I also added a good teaspoon of garlic powder. A small can of tomatoes and extra spices would fix it in my opinion. I added kale and peas to minimize the sauc-y-ness. My family liked it but tikka masala was not the outcome here.

Katie - 2014-03-31 22:05:19

I made this recipe without any substitutions and found the results to be as many have already said, tasting too much like crushed tomatoes with some spice. Disappointing. Also, I used a 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes as instructed and it turned out that the dish was mostly tomatoes (which was not clear from the picture in the magazine).

Michelle - 2014-03-26 18:47:49

This was really good but I upped it up on the masala because if you don't add enough it tasted only of tomatoes. Overall though very good, definitely making it again!

Julie - 2014-03-26 02:11:22

I made this tonight, and I am somewhere in the middle of the polarized reviewers! After adding the yogurt and the cilantro at the end, it did, much more, have that "restaurant" tikka masala flavor, which was impressive, but I have to agree that it tasted a bit too much like the main ingredient of plain 'ol crushed tomatoes! Probably adding additional spices like cumin and coriander would help, as well as clarified butter, which someone else suggested. I once made a very simple (but VERY fatty :p) paneer makhani and it was much more delicious (sorry V-times, you normally do me right). If I am to be honest, this recipe was amiss for me, too tomato-saucey! And too many chickpeas. Very heavy dish also.

Sandygal - 2014-03-25 07:32:50


Sandra - 2014-03-20 03:13:43

Nice n tasty

Parul Saluja - 2014-03-20 02:17:30


mecca - 2014-03-20 01:15:13

Oh that looks so yummy

lisa bogle - 2014-03-19 19:45:05


Teri - 2014-03-19 18:04:28

chickpea masala

shari harrison - 2014-03-19 17:14:37

After making some changes, we liked this a lot. I used half a jalapeno instead of the serrano. Added a little (maybe 1/2 tsp each)curry powder, cumin, coriander and a pinch each of cinnamon and cloves. Did not used crushed tomatoes because didn't want the heavy puree. Substituted whole tomatoes in juice that I crushed myself. Reserved the juice and only added about 3/4 of it. A lot of changes, but it was tasty.

Carole - 2014-03-07 13:16:08

We liked this very much! I used a whole medium onion, went heavy on the garam masala (prob tbsp & 1/2) & ginger (1 tbsp) and salted well. I substituted coconut greek yogurt to make it vegan and substituted a jalapeno for the Serrano as I couldn't find a Serrano at the grocery store. I found fire roasted crushed tomatoes which added a nice flavor. We will definitely make this again! I'm looking forward to adding some siracha as suggested by another reviewer.

Melissa - 2014-03-02 14:39:35

My 2 year old, 10 year old and husband were all really pleased with this. I added sriracha. It was a good combination of spices for so many different palates.

Carissa - 2014-02-26 06:08:55

I was really excited to see this idea for a recipe, but it was pretty terrible. I agree that it was super bland and just tasted like tomato. I added cumin, curry powder, garlic powder, onion powder, turmeric to give it a little taste. Very disappointed.

Liz - 2014-02-25 03:04:44