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Chickpea Tikka Masala

Chickpea Tikka Masala
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Serve with rice.
Yields:6 servings

To Freeze and Cook Later

  1. Label your freezer bag with the name of the recipe, cooking instructions, and “use-by” date (3 months from when you prepped the meal).
  2. Add all ingredients to your freezer bag.
  3. Remove as much air as possible, seal, and freeze.

To Cook in Crockpot

  1. Cook for 4-6 hours on “low” setting.

To Cook in Instant Pot

  1. Add frozen meal to Instant Pot and saute for 5 minutes to release some liquid.
  2. Flip over.
  3. Add one cup water.
  4. Pressure cook 25 minutes.
  5. Natural release.


  • Julie Fraser says:

    Does this recipe call for 1 tablespoon, 1 teaspoon or 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon of garam masala? Thanks!

  • Susan Petres says:

    This is a very good recipe. I made it with Chicken. Lot’s of sauce leftover. I froze the leftover sauce and will add it to the next batch I make and add some extra chicken.

  • Teresa Gavel says:

    This dish is delicious. It’s the first freezer meal we made and are so pleased with how easy it was to put together and how good it tasted.

  • Sarah Surkos says:

    To make this vegan what substitutes do you suggest instead of honey ?

    • Laurie Sterling says:

      When I was vegan, I replaced honey with maple syrup, applesauce, date paste or molasses. Agave Nectar is another good substitute but one I can’t have so I never tried it but it was in a lot of recipes.

  • Nina Kass says:

    Is the timing (for crockpot and instant pot) the same if you substitute 2 pounds of cut up chicken? I noticed on your Chicken tikka masala recipe (the one that uses cream and different seasonings) that you are to defrost the chicken first and only cook in crockpot for 4 hours. There are no instructions there for instant pot.
    I assume it is o.k. to substitute chicken here?

  • Alison Fontenot says:

    This is delicious! Our whole family loved it. Will definitely make a bigger batch next time.

  • Wendi Cortez says:

    To cook in Crock Pot, is it necessary to thaw first? Instructions do not say. Thanks!

    • Maureen Pellizzari says:

      Yes, generally these recipes need to be defrosted at least a bit so you can fit it into the crock pot. I typically wait till day of to partially defrost. Run hot water over the bag, break it up a bit, then carefully empty contents of freezer bag into the crock pot. Works like a charm.

  • Jacki Jurach says:

    I had a mess trying to get air out of a bag with so much sauce. Any suggestions how to avoid sauce spilling out on counter?

    • Wendi Cortez says:

      Jacki, the best technique I have ever learned and used is: fill a large bowl or pot with water, large enough to submerge the entire bag. Gently press the bag down into the water, just up to the ziplock. The water pressure forces the air out. Easy peasy, no mess!

  • Jane MacDonald says:

    my husband and I had this last night for dinner and absolutely loved it! so flavourful! i am going to add some cauliflower to the leftovers tonight. yum!

  • Teri Musser says:

    Hi Kelly, I was wondering can you add shrimp or do you think the shrimp will be to hard? I eat a lot of fish. Wasn’t sure if you have fish and seafood recipes. Thanks so much Teri

  • Phyllis Fox says:

    Question I made your meals today for the first time. We want to try one of them and cook it in a pressure cooker. We made chic pea Marsala. How long should we cook ? 20min? And should I add any water ? It was not frozen.

  • eva arita says:

    This was a delicious meal. We served it with white basmati rice. Kids loved it as well, as it was not too spicy for them. Effortless.

  • Beth Godshall says:

    We had this tonight for dinner. My family loved it! I added a chicken breast to the freezer bag as well. My husband has asked that I add one more chicken breast but I thought it was pretty good as I made it. Really I think it is personal preference. I served it with Basmati rice and garlic Naan bread. So, so good. I added this to my favorites and we will have it again. I might garnish with cilantro next time if I have it.

  • Melissa Kandah says:

    Delicious. I love Indian food and this was by far one of the best.

  • Kathleen Eckelberry says:

    Getting ready to try this. Is there something I can change out for the peas, as my husband doesn’t like peas?

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