Vegan Tikka Masala Sauce Recipe
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Vegan Tikka Masala Sauce Recipe

Homemade Tikka Masala Sauce with cashews that comes together within 5 minutes! Plus point: it's healthier and vegan.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: British, Indian
Keyword: how to make tikka masala sauce, vegan tikka masala sauce
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 212
Author: Helene D'Souza


  • 1 cup Cashews whole
  • 1 large Onion
  • 2 medium Tomatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon Ginger + Garlic *see Notes
  • 1 Teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Red Chili Pepper or Cayenne, ground
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin Powder ground
  • 1 Teaspoon Coriander Seed ground
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper ground
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon or Cassia, ground


  • Place the cashews into a large blender jar with the peeled and quartered onion, the tomato, ginger + garlic, and the spices. all ingredients into the jar.
  • Blend everything to a smooth paste. If the blender is struggling, add 2-3 Tablespoons of water to help get going. 
  • Use the tikka masala sauce to prepare a tofu tikka masala or another tikka masala dish. You can also freeze it (please see post for instructions).



  1. Use fresh Ginger and Garlic (1 Tbs if chopped fine) with a ratio of 1:2 or use ready-made Ginger and garlic paste
  2. The Cashews can be substitutes with peeled almonds. However, that completely changes the taste and velvety consistency.
  3. Use a powerful blender such as a Vitamix for the smoothes result.
  4. The recipe is without artificial red food coloring. If you want your tikka masala red (just like the store bought stuff), add red food coloring.


Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 434mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 510IU | Vitamin C: 12.1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 3mg