Instant Pot Tikka Masala is a hearty, flavorful vegan meal that is approved by meat eaters! Made with cauliflower, chickpeas, and peas, this recipe for Vegetarian Tikka Masala is on the table in less than 30 minutes.
1medium head of cauliflowercut into 2 inch florets--about 4 cups
2cupscooked chickpeas1 (15 ounce) can drained and rinsed.
1/2cupcanned coconut milk
Instant Pot Directions
Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting and let heat until it reads hot. Add the oil and onion and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add in the garlic, and ginger and saute for one minute longer. Add the spices and tomato paste and saute for 1-2 minutes, or until spices are fragrant. Be careful not to burn. Turn the Instant Pot OFF.
Add in vegetable stock, and scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the inner pot.
Add in the diced tomatoes and chickpeas. Place cauliflower and on top of the mixture.
Close the lid and set to cook on high pressure for 2 minutes. (Hit Manual or Pressure Cook and adjust time to 2 minutes using +/- buttons.)
Once cook time has elapsed, do a quick pressure release.
Turn the Instant Pot back to saute and add in frozen peas and coconut milk. Simmer for 3- 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce begins to thicken. Turn the Instant Pot Off. Serve warm over rice with minced cilantro if desired.
Stove Top Directions
In a pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until tender, about 3-4 minutes.
Add in the ginger, garlic, garam masala, turmeric, chili powder, cumin, paprika, and cayenne. Cook for just 1-2 minutes until the spices begin to give off their fragrance. Add in tomato paste and cook for 1 minute longer.
Add the stock to the pan and scrape up any browned bits from bottom of the pan. Stir in the diced tomatoes, chickpeas, and cauliflower. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. You may need to add in an additional 1/2 stock as the tikka masala simmers.
Stir in the peas, and coconut milk and cook until heated through and beginning to thicken, about 5 minutes. Serve with rice and a sprinkle of cilantro if desired.
If preparing this recipe on the stove, you may need a full 1 cup of vegetable stock. The Instant Pot seals in all the moisture, while some of that will evaporate when simmering on the stove.
Feel free to increase or decrease the cayenne pepper for more or less spicy.
Store leftover Tikka Masala in the fridge for 4-5 days in a sealed container.
I have had success using regular and lite canned coconut milk.
The peas are optional, but I find they add a bit of sweetness to this dish.