Vegetarian Tikka Masala

Vegetarian Tikka Masala

I have been trying to write this post for the better part of three days. Some time freed up unexpectedly and I wanted to seize the opportunity to write an informed and insightful post. Who am I kidding? Let’s just say I wasted that day lying on my bed, staring at the ceiling wondering where my ability to construct a sentence had gone or how the desire to fan the flames of a flickering spark of an idea had been extinguished, or basically, why the heck couldn’t I think of anything to write?!

It’s not that my mind is vacant, though lately the expression on my face might disclose otherwise, it just feels bogged down and foggy. There’s a flurry of activity at home and work and maybe that’s it, but I’ve handled more trying occasions and at the very least, talking and writing are never a problem I can’t rectify! 

Tofu Potato Patties|Vegetarian Tikka Masala

I don’t know, maybe it’ll fix itself. I hope so, because this brain fog; this inability to concentrate or to think and rant, I don’t like it. 

Lately, I feel like I’m in a time lapse video, there’s me standing still, pretty much unchanging for the most part, but all around me are blurred lines of life whizzing by in technicolour streams of light.The sun rises and sets, moon rises and sets, day blends into night, night blends into day, seconds turn to minutes and minutes turn to hours. Hours merge into days, the days into weeks and weeks into months. It is now June. Wait, what? It’s June?? 

June, the great reminder of the fact that the year is half way done, the great reminder of all that hasn’t been accomplished, and the fact that there’s only 6 months till December to hurry up and do it! June, the month that reminds me I am a year older. This year more than any feels like we’re behind. Am I the only one feeling like this? I know for a fact I’ve done a lot already this year but still, it seems like I’m catching up since January.

Lentil Pullao|Vegetarian Tikka Masala

Playing catch up; it’s not really productive because you never catch up. It’s exhausting to try. So, I’m just coming to terms with the fact that this year is moving along at supersonic speed and I just have to keep up.

I was so busy last week and my mind was preoccupied with menus, and groceries and event dates, I forgot all about my birthday till the day before. I guess my husband and kids didn’t forget and they made it a wonderful day even though the closer I get to the half century mark, the less I want to celebrate. 


My day started with coffee at my favourite coffee shop, a latte and an almond croissant. Then a trip up to the Rocky Mountain National Park, with all the kids for a change, and a nice hike to see the rushing waters. Around this time, when the snow melts and the thunderstorms are never ending, the streams, rivers and lakes are brimming over. The water rushes down with such force and energy, and even though it is loud, and forceful and dangerous, it is also beautiful, mesmerising and makes you feel alive. The water is cold and crisp in between your fingers and the spray from the water invigorates your face. The fledgling aspens flutter away merrily, while the new pines and firs are more stoic in their behaviour. It is an incredibly uplifting and invigorating experience to be part of nature.

rushing water at Alluvial Fan area at RMNP

My day ended with an underwhelming dinner at a local Italian, it’s always so disappointing when a special day is ruined by someone else’s ineptitude. Time to take a break from that restaurant too. Sadly, my list of “take a break from” restaurants is getting bigger by the minute. Why is it so hard to find a decent place to eat? Oh well, I had a lovely day and being with my family all day is what mattered the most, and the presents helped too 🙂

Vegetarian Tikka Masala

Anyway, for someone not being able to compose a sentence, I’ve managed quite a few. I told you, talking is not a problem for me 🙂 Moving onto this recipe, this is another one from my vegetarian week. A vegetarian curry based on the sauce from the tikka masala curries but with potato and tofu patties. It is quite delicious and we enjoyed it, even the 4 people in my family who “hate” tofu. They couldn’t even tell there was tofu in the patties. The patties are nicely spiced and the tofu just blends in with the potatoes and soaks up the spices. A light, shallow frying and they become crispy and golden brown on the outside. They are also great by themselves as a snack. 

Lentil Pullao|Vegetarian Tikka Masala

Vegetarian Tikka Masala With Tofu Potato Patties


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Serves: 8 servings

A vegetarian tikka masala made with tofu potato patties in a creamy gravy.
  • 3 large potatoes, peeled and in medium chunks
  • 8oz/225g tofu, extra firm
  • 3 tablespoons red onion, chopped fine
  • ½ green chilli, jalapeño or Serrano
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric, ground
  • 1 teaspoon cumin, ground
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons gram flour/ all purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped fine
  • Oil for frying
  • cup onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup/60ml oil
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 3 large tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli, jalapeño or Serrano
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin, ground
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ¼ cup/60ml heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cilantro, chopped
  1. To make the potato tofu patties, boil the potatoes until soft and mash.
  2. Try and make them as lump free as possible.
  3. Break up the tofu into fine pieces.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the mashed potatoes and tofu together.
  5. Add the onion, green chilli, garlic, ginger, the spices and the cilantro.
  6. The gram flour will help the patties stick together when frying.
  7. Using the gram flour will make the patties gluten free.
  8. You can use regular flour too, just enough to bind the mixture.
  9. Take a golf ball size portion of the potato and tofu mixture.
  10. Roll around into a ball and then flatten slightly.
  11. Make all the patties the same way and keep to the side.
  12. You should be able to get 18-20 golf size patties.
  13. Heat a large non stick or cast iron pan on medium high heat.
  14. Add enough oil to cover the base of the pan by ½ inch or so.
  15. We will be shallow frying the patties.
  16. Add as many patties as will fit in the pan without crowding.
  17. Lower the heat to medium.
  18. Fry the patties till golden brown on one side, about 4 minutes, and then flip to brown the other side.
  19. Drain on a paper towel as you fry the patties.
  20. Keep to the side as you make the gravy or masala.
  21. In a large sauté pan, heat the oil on medium high heat.
  22. Add the onions and sauté till soft and golden brown, about 5-7 minutes.
  23. Add the cardamom pods amd cinnamon stick, cook a couple of minutes.
  24. Add the chopped tomatoes and lower the heat to medium.
  25. Cook the tomatoes so their juices are released and they get soft.
  26. Add the green chilli cut in half or quarters.
  27. Add the spices.
  28. Add a ¼ cup of water to loosen up the sauce.
  29. Check for salt and pepper.
  30. Add the cream.
  31. If the sauce is too thick, add another ¼ cup water to thin it.
  32. Drop the patties into the sauce gently.
  33. Heat through and then add the cilantro to finish.
  34. Tastes great with a side of steamed white rice, or some pullao.

 Tofu Potato Patties |Vegetarian Tikka Masala

Hopefully, by next week my fog will be lifted and I can manage a more interesting post. It’s been a while since a rant post  😉

Hope you all have a great weekend!! 

  1. These things happen, when you feel you have nothing to say or just unable to organize your thoughts :), anyways I hope this foggy brain of yours will get clear. Ramadan Kareem my dear, I hope you and your family will have a blessed Ramadan. You’ve had a great birthday, nothing is better than being involved in nature. Very nice recipe and nice photos as well.
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  2. Your photographs could have done all of the writing for you! They’re absolutely fabulous!!! And your vegetarian tikka masala is stunning! I can practically smell if from my computer! You have a beautiful family.
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  3. That was one great photo of you and hubby, Nazneen! Love the walking path, too! Best of all, that Tikka Masala version is well thought of and prepared with care. Thank you so much for sharing everything!!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx
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  4. A very Happy Belated Birthday to you Nazneen:-) Looks like you had a perfect birthday. What a lovely photo of the two of you! I was on the look out for something different on the vegetarian side because we have a big get-together coming up with friends. I had the malai kofta in mind but I find this one even better with tofu. A very timely find! The rice looks amazing as well. I am pretty sure that the restaurants around you can’t match up to your fantastic cooking, that’s the reason you don’t enjoy them as much:-)
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  5. I am a fan of Indian cuisine and love tikka masala. Although I eat chicken tikka masala more often, I’d love to try your vegetarian version made with potatoes and tofu. I know it tastes as good as it looks. Wishing you all a great summer and vacation. Congrats to your daughter on her graduation!
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    • Thanks Denise! CTM is a favourite in our house too and I make it often. One of my girls is a vegetarian so every now and then I make alternatives so she can enjoy them too.

  6. My vegetarian Mum arrives in two weeks time and I know she would just love to find these in the fridge to nibble on with a pile of spinach on the side and it’s something I can make ahead for her.
    Apart from your birthday meal it looks like you had a wonderful day out in nature with your family – disappointing restaurant meals are just a frustrating waste of calories!
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    • I didn’t know your mum was vegetarian, I’m sure you mentioned it but I’m a year older now! I did have a lovely time, and the food was ok, but just way overpriced. I hate that even more.

  7. I share your pain in disappointing dining experiences. The photos of the hike by the stream are stunning. I love the look of your meal – so many wonderful Indian flavours and the rice looks amazing xx
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    • You and I both have the same poor luck with dining, don’t we? That area by the water is so beautiful. We live hiking the trail up there and enjoying the cool spray of the water.

  8. Too bad about that restaurant — but otherwise, it sounds like you had a lovely birthday. I’m always catching up, too –frustrating, isn’t it? Anyway, love this dish! Such nice flavor. Gorgeous photos, too. Good stuff — thanks.
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  9. Happy belated birthday! I can very much relate to the “writers block.” The most annoying thing, in my case, is I’ll suddenly have a flow of thoughts and eloquent words at the totally wrong time (eg. feeding baby, driving, etc!) Stunning photos and great recipe xxx

  10. I hear you quite clear. I think with kids, the last couple of months have been a haze for me too. You’ve had so many things, it happens. Hope you had a great bday. I really did enjoy reading and relating.
    To this curry, I felt like grabbing a patty right from the screen. It looks more than perfect.. I enjoy a good vegetarian curry and this is definitely looking very good to me.
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  11. Happiest of Birthdays, Nazneen! I am so glad your husband and kids helped you celebrate such a very special day.
    There used to be a little, whole in the wall restaurant in Abu Dhabi that used to make the best vegetarian tikka masala – and the flavors and colors of yours, brought that tikka masala to mind – though they didn’t use tofu, using tofu in these is just plain brilliant!
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  12. Looks like a great birthday day! (Even with the forgettable restaurant meal!) And the veggie tikka masala looks amazing. I might just use the sauce recipe to go with some leftover pieces of uncooked chicken tonight! I am always amazing that a fairly complex recipe comes across my screen – and I already have all the ingredients!
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    • Hi David, the masala is the best way to use up leftover chicken! It’s one of my favourite leftover transformations! I don’t doubt in the slightest that you have everything you need to make this!

  13. It;s no wonder your mind seems ‘vacant’ – you’ve been one busy lady. I also seem to be totally blank when I actually get a moment to rest and my blog’s been the most neglected in this haze of 6 months.
    *this masala <3

    • You’ve been a travelling my friend!! I would easily put aside my blog to go exciting places!! I envy your some what single life!! You and Nathan have the greatest time!