Jackfruit Tikka Masala

Vegan "Chicken" Tikka Masala

Our jackfruit tikka masala is a delicious, vegan spin on the classic Indian recipe, sure to become your new family favourite. We made it with green jackfruit chunks roasted with a homemade tikka masala paste and then simmered in spicy curry sauce.

Jackfruit Tikka Masala


Nutrition per serving
Net Carbs30.2 g11%
of which Sugars18 g20%
Fibers14.7 g52.4%
Fats12.2 g18.8%
of which Saturates3.5 g17.6%
of which Omega 30.2 g17.6%
Proteins7.6 g16.5%
Calcium297 mg29.7%
Vitamin A185 mcg26.4%
Vitamin C55 mg73.1%
Iron6 mg40.3%
Potassium1177 mg33.6%
Sodium1250 mg54.4%
Cholesterol0 mg0%
Kcal261 13.1%
Macro split
  • net carbs 47%
  • sugars 28%
  • fats 19%
  • saturates 5%
  • proteins 12%
  • fibers 23%
*RDA based on a 2000 kcal diet;
**Nutritional data sources: USDA, food labels.
261 per serving

Are you looking for a mouthwatering vegan spin of the beloved chicken tikka masala? Then, you've come to the right place! In our recipe below, we'll show you how to make a no-chicken version using jackfruit and how to serve it with a creamy dairy-free curry sauce.

But first, what is chicken tikka masala exactly?

This dish consists of roasted marinated chicken simmered with a spicy tomato sauce.

Although chicken tikka itself is an Indian dish, the idea of serving it with a tomato-based sauce actually originated in the United Kingdom, in line with the British culinary tradition of serving meat with gravy.

In our vegan spin, we swapped chicken with canned green jackfruit.

Many vegan tikka masala recipes use store-bought mock meats or simply use legumes instead of chicken.

But we wanted a cheap and unprocessed alternative, yet as similar to chicken as possible in terms of texture. And young jackfruit is absolutely perfect for this!

Jackfruit is a staple ingredient in various cuisines in South East Asia, like Southern India and Thailand.

Nowadays, you should be able to find green jackfruit chunks canned in water or brine at your local supermarket or Asian food stores.

The young fruit has a fairly neutral taste, a fleshy texture and can be easily "pulled" into shreds when cooked, similar to chicken.

Simply drain and rinse the jackfruit and then coat it with our tikka marinade!

We made the marinade with vegan soy yogurt, lemon juice, and a homemade tikka masala paste.

Then, roast the jackfruit in the oven while you get the curry sauce ready and finally bring all together into a comforting and satisfying dish.

Each serving has less than 250 calories, yet it covers a fourth of daily proteins and almost half of your fibre needs, all with just a few carbs and fats. Awesome!

All is left to do is to enjoy this jackfruit tikka masala on a bed of steamed basmati rice and garnish it with plenty of coriander. Yum!


Measuring System
Curry Sauce
Extra Virgin Olive Oil1 tbsp
Red Onions1
Fresh Red Chillies2
Canned Chopped Tomatoes500 g
Coconut Milk Drink250 mL
Fresh Coriander to taste
Tikka Masala Paste
Grated Ginger Root1 tbsp
Garlic Cloves2
Garam Masala1 tsp
Paprika1 tsp
Ground Turmeric1 tsp
Vegan "Chicken" Marinade
Canned Jackfruit in Water300 g
Soy Yogurt200 g
Juiced Lemon1/2

Step 1

Rinse the canned jackfruit chunks thoroughly under cold water to get rid of the brine water. Then, drain them, and squeeze them tightly to remove excess water.

Then, chop any large piece into smaller chunks, as you would do with chicken.

chopped jackfruit

Step 2

Next, prepare the tikka masala paste by mixing grated ginger root and minced garlic with garam masala, paprika, and ground turmeric.

We'll use half of the paste to marinate the jackfruit and half to prepare the curry sauce.

homemade tikka masala paste

Step 3

Add the jackfruit to a bowl, followed by soy yogurt, lemon juice, and half of the tikka masala paste.

Season it with salt and pepper to taste, and mix well until it's coated with the sauce.

At this point, you can optionally let the jackfruit marinate in the fridge, covered with cling film, for 1 to 3 hours.

jackfruit coated with vegan tikka masala sauce

Step 4

Transfer the seasoned jackfruit onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper and spread it flat.

Then, roast it for 15 minutes at 220°C (430°F) in static mode or at 200°C (400°F) in fan mode.

roasted jackfruit tikka masala

Step 5

Meanwhile, let's prepare the curry sauce.

In a large skillet, heat the oil with finely chopped onions, fresh red chillies, and the remaining half of tikka masala paste.

Sizzle all for 5 minutes until fragrant.

onions and chillies with tikka masala paste in skillet

Step 6

Next, add canned chopped tomatoes, coconut milk drink, chopped fresh coriander, and salt to taste.

Cover, bring to a boil and simmer the curry for 10-15 minutes.

The sauce should be slightly reduced and denser.

vegan tikka masala curry sauce

Step 7

Finally, add the roasted jackfruit chunks to the curry sauce, stir well, and cook for 5 more minutes.

Garnish your delicious vegan "chicken" tikka masala with fresh coriander and enjoy it with steamed basmati rice, warm naan bread, and a side salad.

jackfruit tikka masala curry in a skillet


  • For the tikka masala marinade, you can use this homemade turmeric ginger paste as a base, adding the masala seasoning.

  • For a smoother curry sauce, you can replace chopped tomatoes with tomato puree/passata; and for a creamier, richer result, you can swap coconut milk drink with canned coconut milk (but keep in mind it will be higher in fats).