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Vegan Slow Cooker Tofu Tikka Masala

This unbelievably nourishing vegan tikka masala recipe is packed with veggies and plenty of protein from tofu! It's a great recipe for crowds or to make for meal prep and is delicious with a side of naan bread for dipping. Use your slow cooker for an easy meal with little cleanup!

Course Dairy Free, Dinner, Gluten Free, Lunch, Slow Cooker, Vegan, Vegetarian
Cuisine American, Indian
Keyword tofu tikka masala, vegan tikka masala
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 303 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 1 (16 ounce) package extra firm tofu, drained, pressed and cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into chunks
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups diced gold potatoes* (from about 2-3 medium gold potatoes)
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 ounce) can lite coconut milk (can also use full fat coconut milk)
  • ½ tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • ½ tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, plus more if you like things a little spicier
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup frozen peas
  • Fresh chopped cilantro, for garnishing


  1. In a large slower, add garlic, diced onion, sliced carrots, cauliflower florets, diced potatoes, tomato sauce, coconut milk, maple syrup, fresh ginger, garam masala, cumin, coriander, turmeric, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper. Stir to combine. Add in tofu cubes, and give a gentle stir. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7 hours.
  2. Before you are ready to serve, stir in the frozen peas and allow to cook uncovered for 5-10 more minutes. Serve with as is with a side of naan bread, or with brown rice or quinoa. If you are not vegan, I suggest serving with yogurt! Garnish with cilantro before serving. Serves 4-6.

Recipe Notes

Garam masala is a spice blend that can be found at most grocery stores in the spice section.

*Feel free to sub cubed sweet potatoes or cubed butternut squash for the gold potatoes.

See the full post for tips, tricks, and storing instructions!

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Slow Cooker Tofu Tikka Masala
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 303 Calories from Fat 104
% Daily Value*
Fat 11.5g18%
Saturated Fat 5.7g36%
Carbohydrates 35.7g12%
Fiber 8.7g36%
Sugar 13.1g15%
Protein 14.8g30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.