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Quick Tofu Tikka Masala

20 min


This dish was inspired by the famous Chicken Tikka masala recipe, that is often served in Indian restaurants across Europe and North America. We wanted to make an easy and quick vegan alternative, for everyone to enjoy at home. It takes very little time to prepare it, and the taste is delicious - slightly spicy, creamy and perfect for a quick weekday dinner.



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  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL)
    vegetable oil, divided
  • 8.8 oz (250 g)
    firm tofu, cut into 2 cm pieces
  • 1
    medium onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp (6 g)
    freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tsp (2 g)
    whole brown mustard seeds
  • 2 Tbsp (13 g)
  • ½ tsp
  • ¼ tsp
    chili powder, or less for less spice
  • 1
    large tomato, chopped
  • ¾ cup (180 mL)
    soy cooking cream
  • ½ cup (120 mL)
    unsweetened soy yogurt
  • ¼ cup (32 g)
    raw cashews, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp (49 g)
    tomato paste
  • ½
    lime, juiced


  1. To a large pan on high heat, add half of the oil and cook the tofu, turning it periodically so it gets lightly golden on all sides, about 8 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, to another large pan on medium-high heat, add the remaining oil and cook the onion for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the ginger and mustard seeds. Cook for 2 more minutes.
  4. Add the masala seasoning, salt, and chili and toast for another minute. The dish is spicy, so omit or add less chili if you're not a fan of heat.
  5. Add the chopped tomato, cooking cream, yogurt, cashews, and tomato paste. Cook for 7 - 8 minutes.
  6. Lastly, add the cooked tofu and stir it through.
  7. Squeeze over the lime juice, stir, and serve with naan or rice. Enjoy!


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Grains & Starches 51%

vegan naan

Proteins 22%

firm tofu

unsweetened soy yogurt

raw cashews

Fruits & Veggies 27%

medium onion

freshly grated ginger

large tomato

tomato paste



firm tofu

unsweetened soy yogurt


vegetable oil

soy cooking cream

raw cashews

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Zz - March 9, 2023, 1:25 a.m.

It’s very bad with coconut milk

PUL Team - March 9, 2023, 6:03 p.m.

Hey there, so sorry to hear the recipe wasn't enjoyed! We've heard many positive reviews with full-fat coconut milk in place of soy cooking cream. If you used light coconut milk instead, it might not have turned out the same way. Light coconut milk is more watered-down than the full-fat variety in case that was used. We hope this helps for now 🤗

Sonja - March 8, 2023, 7:18 p.m.

This looks so good! I love tikka masala and I'll have to try this.

I do have a question: Sadia has mentioned before that European chili powder is pretty different from North American chili powder. Here in the US it's more of a blend that's used in Latin American/Tex Mex cooking. Is the chili powder in this recipe more like pure ground chili peppers?


PUL Team - March 9, 2023, 5:28 p.m.

Hi Sonja! We use a generic chili powder from our local grocery store in the Netherlands which doesn't specify anything else. If you're in North America, it's likely the chili powder is more mild, so you can stand to use more. If you're in the EU, perhaps add less to start and add more to taste when cooking to help avoid too much spice. We hope you enjoy the recipe 🤗

Eline - Feb. 28, 2023, 12:14 p.m.

This recipe is sooo good! Simple and effective: super delicious. I made it once with rice and spinach on the side for a simple evening dinner, and once with two other PUL recipes for a dinner with friends: the garlic naan and the potato and green pea curry. It was just a feast and everybody thought all the food was so delicious. Thank you for sharing these amazing, often fairly easy, recipes!

PUL Team - March 1, 2023, 6:03 p.m.

Aw thank you for the very kind words, Eline! We appreciate it so much 🤗

Ellie - Feb. 23, 2023, 11 p.m.

I made this today, it was so delicious! I love tofu and tikka masala, so this was perfect.

Marike - Feb. 21, 2023, 10:52 p.m.

This is SUCH a good recipe! It's become a staple in our household now and I'm so happy I found it. Even though I'm more of an OG butter chicken fan (but I can't handle dairy), I actually liked this recipe more. It's so filling along with the naan that I sometimes omit the tofu!

PUL Team - Feb. 21, 2023, 11:18 p.m.

We're so thrilled the recipe is being enjoyed, Marike - it means so much 😃

Ecaterina - Feb. 21, 2023, 7:42 p.m.

HOW??? How did I live without this until today??? This is going straight to my "go to" recipe for quick dinners. I had all ingredients ready, and when I came from the gym, in less than half hour the tofu tikka masala was on my plate. I used regular yogurt, but had vegan cream...and oh my sweet Goddess of indian food! Thank you so much for sharing such high quality content for "regular people" :)))

Alyssa - Feb. 15, 2023, 6:24 a.m.

I'm making this tikka masala again tonight, since my Indian husband loves it so much! A couple of weeks ago I made it for his colleagues who came over for dinner, including a couple of other Indians, and yes, they also loved it. I guess that says it all, if Indians love it, than it really must be good. 😉

Ash - Feb. 12, 2023, 8:48 p.m.

First time cooking with tofu and I loved it!! Thanks. When is the app out ? :)

PUL Team - Feb. 12, 2023, 10:31 p.m.

Aww welcome to the tofu club, Ash! We're crossing our fingers that it will be ready to share around the end of May 🤞 If you wish to stay up-to-date on the App and its progress we'd recommend signing up for our newsletters here:

Katha - Feb. 11, 2023, 8:42 a.m.

Actually, I'm not a big lover of Tikka Masala. But I had some leftover Tofu that I wanted to use and as I saw your video with the recipe, I gave it go. For Tikka Masala, it was very delicious. Still not my favorite dish, but I would cook it again and even my husband liked it. Thanks for all the ideas. You inspire me a lot when it comes to the question what to cook during the week.

Love from Germany

PUL Team - Feb. 11, 2023, 5:03 p.m.

So glad it was enjoyed, Katha, Tikka Masala isn't for everyone 🙂 In case you're interested and haven't already seen it, we have a filter for meals with tofu here:…

Katha - Feb. 26, 2023, 6:34 a.m.

Oh thanks, I didn't know about the filter yet. 👍

yoyo - Feb. 10, 2023, 1:59 p.m.

It would be cool if there was a timer for step 3 too!

Charlotte - Feb. 9, 2023, 7:06 p.m.

This recipe is amazing! I’ve been making it ever since you posted the youtube video with the recipe. I only switch the vegan cooking cream and yoghurt with dairy as I’m not vegan, but otherwise I follow the recipe.

Nele - Feb. 7, 2023, 3:11 p.m.

This recipe is divine!
I enjoyed cooking it, the tasting was delicious. Excellent also for kids.
Thank you so much, your channel created a significant added value in my cooking skills.

PUL Team - Feb. 8, 2023, 4:46 a.m.

Thank you for taking the time to share the kind review, Nele!

Aya - Jan. 29, 2023, 4:56 p.m.

Amazing recipe. Again, your repice never disappoints

Mynameiszarah - Jan. 15, 2023, 7:46 p.m.

This is truly an amazing dish... it takes so little time (even if I decided to use the same pot for the tofu and for the sauce, I still doubt it even took 25 minutes from start to belly.) and still comes out so fantastic! It's one of the very best dishes I have tried and a super easy recipe, too - if I could give it 6 stars out of 5, I definitely would.

PUL Team - Jan. 16, 2023, 12:29 a.m.

Awe Zarah you're much too kind! We appreciate the glowing review so much and are so happy to hear 🤗

Danna - Jan. 15, 2023, 6 a.m.

I made this last night and loved it! I haven't access to soy cream so I made cashew cream and it was divine! I fried the tofu in my air fryer and it was perfect and cut down on my time at the stove. Will definitely be making this again and I have leftover spice mix for next time too. For leftovers today I added steamed kale which was yummy and garnished with cilantro! Thanks for another wonderful recipe.

PUL Team - Jan. 16, 2023, 12:28 a.m.

Ooo air frying the tofu sounds lovely, Danna, thanks for taking the time to share your experience with the tikka masala!

Alex - Jan. 14, 2023, 12:15 p.m.

Only five minutes total to press and cut the tofu; chop the onion, tomato, and cashews; grate the ginger; juice the lime; and measure the eight other ingredients? Maybe for The Flash.

I enjoyed the recipe well enough, but dishonest prep times are a pet peeve of mine, and they're rampant on cooking sites. Why? Just be honest, it's okay.

PUL Team - Jan. 15, 2023, 12:03 a.m.

Thank you for taking the time to share, Alex, and our sincerest apologies for any frustration. One key to the speed provided is to prep ingredients while others are cooking. This is what we were hoping to highlight in the accompanying video and in the way we structured the directions. We're so glad the recipe was still enjoyed and we'll be sure to note down the insight to help us improve!

Annamária Gálik - Jan. 14, 2023, 11:53 a.m.

Simply delicious and warm, perfect for a winter day, many thanks for the recipe! I did not have cashews so I used walnuts instead but it was amazing, the gentle sweet taste it gave to the sauce is incredible. Also I did not have the tikka masala ready at home, so I used your recipe to mix the ingredients, the feature to mark the used spices is extremely helpful, you have a fantastic website. The only tricky part was to make golden all sides of the tofu cubes. Is there a quick way or insider suggestion how to rotate the tofu cubes quickly or more effective?

PUL Team - Jan. 16, 2023, 12:26 a.m.

Hey there, Annamária, aw we're so glad the recipe was enjoyed and thank you for the very kind words! Using a non-stick pan, lowering the heat, and adding a touch more oil (such as vegetable oil) can help achieve a firmer texture and more golden colour without the tofu sticking to the pan. It may be tempting to stir tofu a lot, but sometimes letting tofu sit undisturbed at a lower temperature can do wonders. Once the proteins in tofu cook, they naturally "let go" of the pan more easily 😃

Upasana - Jan. 7, 2023, 11:15 a.m.

I made this dish two weeks ago and it was quite good. So I decided to make it again yesterday. My husband bought vanilla flavored soy yogurt instead of plain yogurt and I realised it after I used it in the dish, I was very upset with myself, but when I tasted it, it tasted just the same as the last time, despite using the wrong ingrediënt. For the next time I am tempted to try some other flavored yogurt besides vanilla, jk hehe. Thank you for this recipe.

Amanda - Dec. 12, 2022, 12:36 p.m.

Love this recipe! Quick and easy, perfect to make ahead and enjoy later throughout the week!

PUL Team - Dec. 13, 2022, 1:40 a.m.

We're so glad it's being enjoyed, Amanda - thank you!

Aaron - Dec. 2, 2022, 5:55 p.m.

Thanks for the recipe!

what kind of chili powder do you use? The one I have is not very spicy at all? Just curious.


PUL Team - Dec. 2, 2022, 9:09 p.m.

Hey there, Aaron, we typically use a generic chili powder from our local grocery store. Some varieties can be spicier than others so if you find yours isn't spicy it could help to purchase a fresh powder (ethnic grocery stores often have great options at more affordable prices!) or add more to taste 🙂

Nadia - Nov. 14, 2022, 2:50 p.m.

This is such a lovely recipe! Really quick but very delicious. I have made this twice already the past two weeks, definitely recommend!!!

PUL Team - Nov. 14, 2022, 4:28 p.m.

So happy to hear, Nadia, thank you 🤗

Elli - Nov. 11, 2022, 3:05 p.m.

Made it today and overate like it was christmas, unbeliveable delicious. I had to make some changes because I didn‘t have everything at home: I left out the joghurt and just took more cream (I did the same with the naan) and I swapt the tofu for some dry soy „meat“ I had in my pantry. It worked out perfectly well and I will cook it again a lot of times.
Thank you so much!

PUL Team - Nov. 11, 2022, 6:18 p.m.

We're so glad it was enjoyed, Elli, and thank you for sharing the modifications!

Monica - Nov. 10, 2022, 10:34 p.m.

Wow! Just tried this recipe and it was PERFECT!! We don’t have Indian food widely available in Mexico and I’m just so happy I can now make my own 🥳

PUL Team - Nov. 10, 2022, 11:32 p.m.

It means so much, Monica! Sending hugs to Mexico 🤗

TC - Nov. 6, 2022, 1:34 a.m.

This was AMAZING and so easy to prepare. Didn't have lime so I added your Afghan Chutney to the top (the chutney has been a staple in my house over the last year and has a permanent spot in my fridge) for some acidicy and it was perfect!

I second the below reviewer that said you need a physical cookbook. I would swoop that up and a copy for all my family in a heartbeat! Thank you thank you thank you for these recipes.

PUL Team - Nov. 6, 2022, 6:36 p.m.

So happy to hear, TC, it means so much! Hopefully one day we can share a physical cookbook 🤗

SW - Nov. 3, 2022, 12:26 a.m.


Diana - Oct. 30, 2022, 3:16 p.m.

I just tried this recipe today and I am shocked. And in love because this dish is superior 😍❤️Even my family who isn't the biggest Indian food fan found it delicious...the different textures hit just different. I loved the crunch of the cashews and the softness of the tofu paired with the flavourful sauce😍still in food heaven😊I made it with your homemade tikka masala mix and I think it couldn't have been any better❤️

PUL Team - Nov. 1, 2022, 6:35 a.m.

Aw you're much too kind, Diana! We appreciate the lovely feedback so much more than we can express💛

Ulendo - Oct. 30, 2022, 12:56 a.m.

20/10 !!! This dish right here??? Amazing! I went with the coconut milk substitute and I couldn't find soy unsweetened yogurt so I used vanilla almond milk yogurt 😅. I was nervous about the sweetness but it all balanced out honestly. Another top tier recipe 👌🏾

PUL Team - Oct. 30, 2022, 2:35 a.m.

Oh thank you for the glowing review, Ulendo, it means so much! So happy the recipe was enjoyed 😊

Fernanda - Oct. 30, 2022, 12:13 a.m.

10/10 - so tasty!

Clara - Oct. 29, 2022, 8:45 p.m.

Hi!!! I absolutely loved this recipe.😍😍😍

Ive started to get into cooking just recently and I'd love to try more recipes like this, easy delicious.

PUL Team - Oct. 30, 2022, 2:34 a.m.

We're so thrilled to hear, Clara! Happy cooking 🤗

Charlotte - Oct. 25, 2022, 5:12 p.m.

This recipe was absolutely delicious!! All the flavours and textures came together so perfectly and I made the PUL naan recipe to accompany it too which was so tasty. I already cannot wait to make this again!

PUL Team - Oct. 26, 2022, 5 a.m.

Woop woop 😃 It means so much, Charlotte - thank you!

Janine Seto - Oct. 24, 2022, 3:02 p.m.

My goodness this was incredibly tasty. Will be making it again!

PUL Team - Oct. 25, 2022, 7:05 a.m.

Aw thank you, Janine!

Anita - Oct. 24, 2022, 7:37 a.m.

I was really excited to try it, it really is quick to prepare but unfortunately the taste was disappointing - it had a strong mushroom aroma for some reason... I used curry powder, maybe that was the reason? Anyway it was worth a try :)

PUL Team - Oct. 25, 2022, 7 a.m.

Hey there, Anita, how disappointing! Is there any chance the curry powder has edible lichens or Kalpasi in it? We believe that sometimes this is added which may give off an earthy or mushroomy taste. In case you're interested and haven't already seen it, we have a recipe for a Tikka Masala spice mix we find works deliciously in this one:…. We hope this helps for now 🙂

Aneta - Oct. 23, 2022, 4:53 p.m.

That was the recipe that I'm looking forward to making! Can I swap cooking cream with anything? I never have cooking cream at hand as I don't use it for anything (and vegan or vegetarian version is hard to come by where I live).

Also - hope that someday there will be a physical copy of your updated cookbook! It is my favorite - it's gotten me through the pandemic!

PUL Team - Oct. 23, 2022, 8:14 p.m.

Hey Aneta! You can use canned full-fat coconut milk instead of the cooking cream - and aww we hope to share a physical cookbook one day. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the recipes on the blog 💛

Aneta - Nov. 5, 2022, 7:51 p.m.

Hello. Using coconut milk worked great! I'm in love with that recipe! Flavorful and with different textures - quick and easy! I quickly became staple! Thank you!

Lina - Oct. 22, 2022, 7:03 p.m.

Thank you for yet another amazing recipe! It's very similar to a recipe an Indian friend taught me years ago, but she eyeballed everything so I could never get it to taste quite how hers did. I will definitely be making this regularly.

PUL Team - Oct. 23, 2022, 7:42 p.m.

Love the connection to it, Lina! We're so happy the tikka masala was enjoyed 😊

Antonia - Oct. 22, 2022, 5:09 p.m.

This recipe is perfect! I love Tikka Massala and never got it righty thanks so much.

PUL Team - Oct. 23, 2022, 7:41 p.m.

Thank you, Antonia, enjoy!

Phillipa - Oct. 21, 2022, 11:29 p.m.

Loved it! I have done a vegan tikka masala before but I will definitely be using this recipe over the others from now on. It’s full of flavour. Annoyingly I forgot to squeeze over the lime but it just means I’ll have to make it again in a couple of days. Thank you for yet another great recipe!

PUL Team - Oct. 23, 2022, 7:13 p.m.

Aw so glad it was enjoyed, Phillipa, thank you!

Johanna - Oct. 19, 2022, 5:43 p.m.

Is it freezer friendly?

PUL Team - Oct. 19, 2022, 6:15 p.m.

Hey there, Johanna! We haven't tried it but we imagine it will freeze alright. The only hesitation is with the tofu, which can hold on to ice crystals with its porous structure. As a result, the tikka masala could become more liquidy when it thaws, but it should still be delicious! Do let us know if you give it a try 😃

Dude - Oct. 19, 2022, 2:02 a.m.

Tasted incredible! The cashews made it for me.
I have to say that mine came out a bit thicker and drier than the usual tikka masala I've eaten in restaurants (and the one seen in the video). Maybe I just need to take it off the heat earlier next time?
It was also much redder in color than orange. I think I went overboard with the tomato paste, haha.

Thanks for the recipe, anyways :)

PUL Team - Oct. 19, 2022, 6:55 a.m.

Hey Dude, we're so glad it was enjoyed! Cooking it for too long or too high of heat could have dried it out. If you find it happens again with reduced time or heat, adding more cooking cream or a touch of water works well to make the base more saucey. Sometimes different spice hues, such as the chili powder or tikka masala spice mix impact the colour too 😃

Jermaine - Oct. 17, 2022, 9:25 a.m.

The flavors were bold and absolutely delicious!!

Sophie - Oct. 16, 2022, 7:27 p.m.

Just made this and it's so good. 10/10 would recommend! Will definitely be making this again.

PUL Team - Oct. 17, 2022, 12:11 a.m.

So glad it's being enjoyed, Sophie, thank you!

Diana - Oct. 16, 2022, 11:59 a.m.

One of the best !

Babli - Oct. 16, 2022, 5:05 a.m.

I'm sorry Sadia but I just can't stop trying your recipes! I made this one today and it was delicious!!! It has that Indian kick to it and I'm all about that

PUL Team - Oct. 16, 2022, 7:05 p.m.

Aww you're too kind, Babli! We're so happy the PUL recipes are being enjoyed 💛

Kathleen - Oct. 15, 2022, 3:50 p.m.

I don't love cooking, but this was really easy and super delicious. Will be making it again!

PUL Team - Oct. 16, 2022, 7:04 p.m.

Thank you for the glowing review, Kathleen!

John - Oct. 14, 2022, 9:41 a.m.

Okay WOW this recipe was unbelievably good! 20/10 recommend. How are these recipes FREE?!

PUL Team - Oct. 14, 2022, 10:23 p.m.

Aw thank you, John, it means so much 🙂

Shania - Oct. 13, 2022, 6:25 p.m.

It is night here, in India and I realized I was running out of time for dinner. Made the tikka masala, including the homemade powder and wow, it definitely hits the spot! My family loved it, especially the spices prepared were fresh and vibrant. Thanks, PUL and Team! Looking forward for such wonderful recipes in the future.

PUL Team - Oct. 14, 2022, 7:04 a.m.

Oh we're so thrilled to hear, Shania, thank you! Happy cooking 🤗