LIFE Fit Recipes

Chickpea Tikka Masala

Chickpea Tikka Masala – Dinner is on with this flavourful & saucy Indian-inspired tikka masala recipe! It is lusciously creamy and easy to make right at home in one pan with simple ingredients

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 40 min

Total Time: 45 min

Time to have fun

Prepping the onions, ginger, and garlic is the hardest part, the rest is easy, requiring stirring occasionally and then a nice simmer.

Remove the skins and ends from the onions and slice into thin strips.

Remove the skins and ends from the garlic and finely chop or use a garlic press.

Remove the skin from the ginger and grate or finely chop. 

In a large pot, heat the oil or water over medium heat, add onions and cumin  and cook for 5 – 7 minute, until onions are browning around the edges.

Add the ginger and garlic, cook 1 to 2 minutes more.

Add the garam masala, turmeric, ground coriander seed and Smocked paprika and cook for 1 – 2 two minutes, or until nice and fragrant.

Add tomatoes and cook for 4 minutes, until they breakdown a bit.

Add tomato paste, chickpeas and coconut milk, stir to combine and bring to a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally.

Simmer, covered, for 25 to 30 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally. Adjust seasonings to taste.

Now you’re ready to serve with a grain of choice.

Ingredients

  • Olive Oil 2 Tbsp

    or 1/4 cup water

  • Onion 1 large
  • Cumin 2 tsp
  • Ginger 2 Tbsp

    Grated

  • Crushed Garlic 4 cloves

    You can use more or less if you prefer

  • Garam Masala 1 Tbsp
  • Turmeric 2 tsp
  • Ground Coriander Seed 2 tsp
  • Smoked Paprika 2 tsp
  • Chopped Tomato 2 Cans

    or 4 – 5 ripe tomatoes that have been diced.

  • Tomato Paste 2 Tbsp
  • Chickpeas 2 Cans

    Drained or 3 cups freshly cooked

  • Coconut Milk 1 can

Roasted Butternut Squash and Chickpea Curry

Full of flavour and packed with nutrients, this curry is so easy to cook, it is a not only perfect for a mid-week meal, it serves well at dinner parties too.

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 60 min

Total Time: 70 min

Time to have fun

To prepare the butternut squash, cut off both ends and then peel off the skin.

Cut in half length ways  and scrape out the seeds with a spoon.

Cut the squash into cubes about 1 cm square. 

Place on a large baking sheet with a drizzle of oil, salt and pepper.

Place in the oven at 200C/400F for 30-40 minutes until soft through and starting to crisp and brown on the edges.

Whilst the squash is roasting heat a large nonstick pan (you can add the coconut oil if preferred to prevent sticking).

Add the onions to the pan and heat on a medium heat for 2 minutes.

Add the garlic and ginger.

Continue to heat for 2 minutes then add the curry powder, grand masala, cumin, tumeric and chilli Powder.

Mix well, adding a little water to the pan to prevent the ingredients from drying and burning.

Add the tin of chopped tomatoes, coconut milk and vegetable stock. Bring to a gentle simmer and leave for around 10 minutes.

Add the drained chickpeas and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Continue to simmer until the sauce is thick and creamy.

Add the roasted butternut squash and mix gently.

Serve over basmati rice.

To serve, we often add either thinly sliced pan fried red onion or steamed baby stem broccoli for that extra colour and crunch. 

Ingredients

  • Coconut Oil 1 teaspoon

    This is only to stop your food sticking to the pan, so a nonstick pan would be fine or even a splash of warm water can work just as well.

  • White Onion 1 Medium

    How large or small you cut it is up to you. We like it big and chunky.

  • Garlic 1 to 3 cloves

    Finely chopped. The amount is up to you and your personal taste.

  • Ginger 1cm cube

    Grated or finely chopped

  • Curry Powder 1.5 teaspoons

    Or more or less its your choice.

  • Grand Masala 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin 1/2 teaspoon

    For a more authentic feel you can you use seeds instead of or as well.

  • Turmeric 1/2 teaspoon

    Ground

  • Chilli Powder A pinch

    Or more or less its your choice how hot you would like it.

  • Chopped Tomatoes 1 can

    Or equivalent amount fresh if you like.

  • Coconut Milk 1 can

    Or equivalent sized carton

  • Vegtable Stock 1 cube
  • Chickpeas 1 Can

    Or equivalent amount soaked

  • Salt and Pepper To taste

    There is no specific requirement for salt and pepper apart from to change the flavour to suit.

Optional Extras

  • Red Onion 1/2

    Thinly chopped into slices and fried for a crispy garnish.

  • Baby Stem Broccoli

    Steam 3-4 stems of broccoli per person to serve on top of the curry.