Vegetarian Mushroom Tikka Masala

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
  • 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 cream vegan alternative: soy cream or coconut cream
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

For the mushrooms

  • 400 mushrooms
  • 120 Greek yogurt or full-fat 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!