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Slow Cooker Vegan Cauliflower Tikka Masala with Chickpeas and Spinach

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My Slow Cooker Vegan Cauliflower Tikka Masala with Spinach and Chickpeas is so easy to prepare.

A home-cooked meal can be ready in under 4 hours without any laborious cooking or stacking up lots of dishes to wash!

Just add all the ingredients and leave to cook while you get on with other stuff!

Alternatively I have added a simple method for stove cooking down below in the recipe notes.

My Slow Cooker Tikka Masala recipe is bursting with plant-based goodness. I’m sure it will quickly become a family staple just as it is in my family.

I have replaced the usual traditional chicken with cauliflower, chickpeas and spinach.

The combination of cauliflower, chickpeas and spinach is a classic nutritional and tasty winner!

I am always amazed at how versatile cauliflower can be from cauliflower steaks to cauliflower rice to crispy cauliflower ‘chicken’ wings!

The origins of Tikka Masala is said to have come from a Bangladeshi chef working in Glasgow, Scotland in the 1970s.

It is claimed that a customer complained that his curry was too dry so the chef added some tomato-creamy sauce to the curry and voila a new Indian-British fusion curry was born!

Chicken Tikka is a traditional Indian curry dish that is similar to butter chicken.

The Masala refers to the creamy-tomato sauce that was added.

I love reading about the origins of traditional foods almost as much as eating traditional food!slow cooker tikka masala vegan

Slow Cooker Vegan Cauliflower Tikka Masala with Chickpeas and Spinach

Serves 4-5 depending on appetites, accompaniments and portion sizes!

My Tikka Masala was ready after 3 hours 30 minutes on the high setting.

I have a 3.5 litre Morphy Richards slow cooker. Your slow cooker may cook faster or slower. Adjust cooking times for your own slow cooker or crock pock if necessary.

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Slow Cooker Vegan Cauliflower Tikka Masala with Spinach and Chickpeas

A slow cooked vegan cauliflower, chickpea and spinach Tikka Masala that is easy to prepare and so tasty. This recipe is sure to become one of your family's staples!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 35 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 55 minutes
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, tea
Cuisine: British, Indian
Servings: 4 portions
Calories: 347kcal
Author: Jacq


  • Slow cooker/crock pot. Or a large saucepan to cook on the stove.


  • 1 small cauliflower Chopped into medium sized florets. About 4 full cups or roughly about 430 grams.
  • 1 can chickpeas About 1 and a 1/2 cups/ 400 grams. Drained, reserve the Aquafaba for other recipes. It can be frozen until needed!
  • 1 medium onion chopped. Or 1 full cup.
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped fine
  • 1 inch piece of ginger grated. About 1 tablespoon. I freeze ginger in pieces and then grate from frozen as its so much easier. Alternatively use a teaspoon of ground ginger.
  • 3 tablespoons curry powder I used a medium curry powder and it was nicely spicy but not too much. For less spice use a mild curry powder. Alternatively use 3 tablespoons of a curry paste such as a tikka masala paste, or the amount recommended on the jar.
  • 2 cans chopped tomatoes or 3 1/2 cups/800 grams
  • ½ can coconut milk about 120 ml. Mix the coconut milk well if it has separated in the tin.
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or other syrup such as agave/date or just regular sugar.
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or replace this with 1 tablespoon of desiccated coconut or a few tablespoons worth of creamed coconut from a block.
  • 100 grams baby spinach about 4 packed cups
  • 4 tablespoons cashews, optional rough chopped, to garnish
  • salt and pepper, to taste a squeeze of lemon juice can also be used as seasoning.


  • Add the cauliflower, onions, chickpeas, garlic, ginger, chopped tomatoes, curry powder and coconut oil to the slow cooker.
  • Give everything a good mix and turn to high heat.
  • Cook for 3 and 1/2 hours.
    Check if your cauliflower is soft. It shouldn't be mushy but fork soft as a bit of bite to the cauliflower is preferred.
    If not soft leave to cook for another 30 minutes.
    Add the coconut milk 5 minutes before serving.
    Just mix through the curry and leave to heat up for 5 minutes.
  • Mix through the spinach at the last minute and it will wilt in the heat.
    Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    Scatter crushed cashews over each serving if liked.


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The following nutritional analysis is for guidance only and is not a strict analysis as ingredients vary.


Calories: 347kcal
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slow cooker vegan tikka masala
For this batch of Tikka Masala I did not have coconut milk to hand so I used a chunk of creamed coconut and grated it into the Tikka Masala about 30 minutes before serving. It resulted in a less creamy appearance but was still really tasty!

Slow Cooker Vegan Tikka Masala with Chickpeas and Spinach Recipe Notes

  • If you would like to cook your Tikka Masala for longer, then you can use the low setting and leave for 6-8 plus hours. Add the coconut milk about 5 minutes before serving.
  • For a medium setting I would cook for 5-6 hours.
  • Cooker top method: Add all ingredients to a large saucepan and gently simmer until cauliflower just soft. Add a cup of vegetable stock and top up the stock if required so the curry doesn’t get too dry. Mix through the coconut milk and simmer for a few minutes to heat through. Serve.
  • For an even creamier Tikka Masala try mixing through a few tablespoons of plant based plain yogurt just before serving
  • Serve your Tikka Masala with your choice off rice, home-made potato wedges, Naan bread, poppadum’s, flatbreads, mango or mint chutney.
  • Serve with my easy 3 ingredient flatbreads!

    vegan 3 ingredient flatbread
    Vegan 3 ingredient flatbread
  • For a home-made oil-free chip/wedge method check out my Vegetable Curry recipe notes.
  • Mixing a tablespoon of Mango chutney through some plant based plain yogurt is especially tasty on the side of your curry.
  • Garish your Tikka Masala with your choice off cashews, peanuts, slivered almonds, sliced spring onions, sliced chillies, or fresh coriander.
  • Have leftover Tikka Masala? Use as a sandwich filling for lunch the next day. It’s honestly delicious!
  • Stuff bread with leftovers and have a Tikka Masala toastie. Or use Tikka Masala as a wrap/tortilla filling and toast or bake for a hot-pocket type lunch/dinner. Served with a colourful salad this is an extremely tasty and filling meal.
  • I love simply having Tikka Masala on top of crusty toast. I often make a pot of Vegan Tikka Masala just so we can enjoy it for quick lunches.
  • Tikka Masala will stay fresh, covered, in the fridge for 3 days.
  • I always find Tikka Masala to taste even better the next day as the flavours have had a chance to develop more.


Looking for more plant-based, vegan dinner ideas?

Check out my family favourite Traditional Cheese and Potato Pie:

Vegan Cheese and Potato Pie

And my warming Potato, Leek and Corn Chowder:

Vegan Potato, leek and Corn Chowder pin


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