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My Easy, Vegetarian Mushroom Tikka Masala is a family favorite! This meat-free version of Chicken Tikka Masala makes for a light lunch or dinner, along with (cauliflower) rice, chapatis, or naan bread.  Vegan version included Jump to Recipe

a bowl of vegetarian mushroom tikka masala

 Mushroom Tikka Masala – an easy meatless curry with mushrooms

When it comes to vegetarian dishes, I love to turn to Indian recipes. What’s not to love about all the intoxicating spices and complex flavors of Indian Cuisine! 

Now, creating vegetarian or vegan versions of popular take-out classics has become a thing, right?

Most times, the meat substitute of choice seems to be cauliflower. And this works incredibly well. I mean, have you tried General Tso’s Cauliflower ? DELICIOUS!

But if you are looking at vegetarian and vegan curry recipes there are other options out there. Umami-richer options, like mushrooms!

When I discovered this insanely delicious-looking Mushroom Tikka Masala, I knew I had to create my own vegetarian version of this Indian restaurant classic.

button mushrooms in a little wicker basket put aside for a mushroom tikka masala recipe

How to make Vegetarian Mushroom Tikka Masala: 

Mushroom Tikka Masala is basically a meat-free version of Chicken Tikka Masala. We treat the mushrooms in exactly the same way as we would normally prepare the chicken.

a bowl of vegan mushroom tikka masala with rice in the background.

Let’s start by cooking a rich, creamy tomato sauce with hints of chili, cumin, and coriander. While the tikka masala sauce simmers, we toss the mushrooms in a spiced yogurt marinade. You can use coconut yogurt for a vegan version. Then, we fry them in hot ghee or coconut oil until they are nicely browned on all sides.

Finally, all we need to do is combine them with the sauce and finish the Mushroom Tikka Masala with some lemon juice, cream, and fenugreek leaves. So simple, so delicious!

Healthy Vegetarian Mushroom Tikka Masala in a rustic Indian bowl with rice and button mushrooms on the side

What to serve with Mushroom Tikka Masala: 

I love to serve my Mushroom Tikka Masala sprinkled with cilantro leaves. You can enjoy it with basmati rice, or, if you want to go extra-healthy, with Cauliflower Rice on the side.

Vegetarian Mushroom Tikka Masala served in a rustic Indian bowl with a dish of rice and some slice veggies in the background



  • For the mushrooms, I like button mushrooms.
  • I have made this both in the vegetarian and vegan version. If you make this vegan, use soy cream and coconut or soy yogurt. You could also add cashew cream instead of cream to the gravy.
  • Kasoori methi is an earthy-tasting, dried herb –  is the only item you might not find at your local grocery shop. It’s easily available at Indian stores but if you cannot find it, you can substitute it with cilantro.

More Indian recipes:

For more Indian vegetarian recipes, try my Kadhi Pakora and my Achari Paneer recipe. 

As a dessert, I recommend my Indian rice pudding


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Mushroom Tikka Masala Curry

My easy, vegetarian Mushroom Tikka Masala Curry is one of my favorite Indian dishes! This meat-free version of Chicken Tikka Masala makes for a light lunch or dinner, along with (cauliflower) rice, chapatis, or naan bread.

Course dinner, lunch, main
Cuisine healthy, Indian, vegetarian
Keyword curry, healthy, Indian, lowcarb, mushrooms, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 200 kcal
Author Kiki Johnson


For the masala

  • 2 tbsp Ghee or coconut oil for vegan
  • big onion
  • tbsp minced ginger
  • garlic cloves
  • tsp cumin
  • tsp coriander
  • tsp curry
  • ½  tsp chili powder
  • ½  tsp turmeric
  • 100 ml  red wine alternative: broth
  • can diced tomatoes 16oz
  • 2 tbsp Kasoori Methi Leaves
  • 1,5 tsp salt
  • 100 ml coconut cream or cream or soy cream
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

For the mushrooms

  • 400 mushrooms
  • 120 full-fat yogurt or coconut yogurt vegan alternative soy yogurt
  • ½  tsp cumin
  • ½  tsp turmeric
  • ¼  tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • tbsp ghee


  1. Mince onions and garlic. Grate the ginger. Heat the ghee on medium heat and add the onions. Fry for about 3 minutes, then add ginger and garlic and fry for another 45 seconds. Add the spices, as well as 1 tsp of sugar and let fry for another minute, stirring once in a while.
  2. Add the wine, let everything come to a boil and let reduce. Add the entire can of tomatoes, let the sauce come to a boil and reduce the heat to a low simmer. Let cook on low heat for about 10 minutes until it thickens slightly.
  3. In the meantime brush the mushrooms and halve big ones. Measure out yogurt in a bowl and add the spices. Mix everything well and add the mushrooms. Toss them in the marinade so that they are evenly coated from all sides.
  4. Heat the remaining 2 tbsp of ghee on medium-high heat and fry the mushrooms in small batches until they are evenly browned on all sides. Make sure not to crowd the pan as this might lead to too much water in the pan.
  5. Add the mushrooms to the thickened masala. Stir in the Fenugreek Leaves, the cream, and the lemon juice. Add about 1tsp of salt and taste. Add more sugar or salt to your liking.
  6. Serve the mushroom tikka masala with basmati rice or cauliflower rice!
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  1. Ich habe dieses Tikka Masala gleich diese Woche nachgekocht und mit falschem Reis (aus Blumenkohl) aufgetischt. War richtig lecker und wunderbar leicht. Statt der Sahne habe ich einfach türkischen Joghurt dazu gestellt und jeder konnte sich nehmen wie er wollte. Ich wollte viel weil ich mit frischer Chili gekocht und nicht gespart habe 🙂
    Schönes Rezept!

    LG aus dem grauen D, Tina

  2. Hallo,
    was passiert mit dem Joghurt, in dem die Pilze mariniert wurden? Geht der mit in die Pfanne zum Anbraten der Pilze?

    LG Nadja

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