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Tempeh Tikka Masala

If you’ve never tried tikka masala before, I’ve got a treat for you. This flavorful Indian dish is one of my favorites. Although the list of ingredients might look a little long and complicated, I promise that it’s actually pretty easy. Garam masala is a key ingredient in this dish and provides the creamy sauce with a lot of its flavor. I buy mine in bulk at my co-op, but if you can’t find any nearby, it can always be ordered online. Chicken or tofu can easily be substituted for the tempeh.

Tempeh Tikka Masala


Regan @onceamonthmeals.com


  • 1 cup plain yogurt (or make your own)
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala #1
  • 0.5 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ginger #1
  • 12 ounces tempeh, cubed
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 0.5 cup peas
  • 3 teaspoons garam masala #2
  • 0.25 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ginger #2
  • 12 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 0.33 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 cups rice, already cooked, for serving day
  • 4 pieces naan, for serving day


In a large bowl, combine yogurt, garam masala #1, salt, lemon juice, cumin, ginger #1, and tempeh. Make sure tempeh is completely covered by sauce and refrigerate for at least one hour. Remove tempeh from fridge. In a large saucepan, heat butter over medium heat. Add garlic, cooking until golden, about 2-3 minutes. Add tempeh, peas, garam masala #2, turmeric, ginger #2, tomato sauce, whipping cream, and brown sugar. Turn heat down to low. Cook for 20 minutes, or until sauce begins to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro. Service with rice, with naan on the side if desired. 

Freezing Directions:

Prepare as indicated above. Instead of serving, place in a gallon freezer bag, label, and freeze. To Serve: Thaw. Place in large saucepan, cooking over medium heat for 5-10 minutes, or until warm. Serve over rice, with naan if desired.

Servings:  4

**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann

6 Responses to “Tempeh Tikka Masala”

  1. kaye says:

    i <3 going out to eat indian food and attempting to replicate at home. this dish was DELICIOUS! and i had others asking for the recipe. definitely a keeper!

  2. Rae says:

    We have a dairy allergy at home; any suggestions for substitutions for the yogurt and whipping cream?

  3. Katie says:

    After marinating, do I add everything from the bowl to the saucepan or just the tempeh pieces?

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