How To Make Cauliflower Tikka Masala In Pressure Cooker?
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What Is Cauliflower Tikka Masala?

Cauliflower Tikka Masala is made with chopped cauliflower, and for that thick curry, you need onion, tomato, and cashew curry paste. It gets its unique tikka flavour from spices such as ground coriander, chilli powder, and turmeric powder. Also, it takes very little time and is simple to prepare. You can serve it as a main dish or side dish to accompany daal chawal. It tastes yummy with both rotis and rice. Both children and adults eat it with joy. Cauliflower Tikka Masala is also very popular in Western countries because of its distinctive sweet and spicy flavour. 

How to make Cauliflower Tikka Masala? 

Cauliflower Tikka Masala is made with a combination of cauliflower, onion, garlic, ginger, tomato puree, and fenugreek leaves. The majority of Indian homes often make this flavourful Cauliflower Tikka Masala on special occasion as well as family gathering. While there are many methods for making Cauliflower Tikka Masala, this technique is the best and most straightforward using a pressure cooker. 

Follow the below directions to make this delicious creamy Cauliflower Tikka Masala quickly and easily.


For making Tikka

  • Cauliflower florets (washed and cleaned) one whole cauliflower chopped in the florets
  • Marinade
  • Coconut half grated 
  • Yoghurt 3 tablespoon
  • Indian curry powder, one tablespoon 
  • Turmeric powder 1/2 tablespoon
  • Garam masala 1/2 tablespoon
  • Salt as per taste as per taste

Tikka Masala Ingredients

  • Onion, finely chopped, two medium sized
  • Tomato, finely chopped, two medium sized 
  • Chopped garlic 3-4 cloves
  • Chopped ginger 
  • Fresh or canned tomato puree 1 cup
  • Dried fenugreek leaves 1 tablespoon
  • Curry powder 1/2 tablespoon
  • Garam masala 1/4 tablespoon
  • Coriander powder 1/4 tablespoon
  • Cumin powder 1/4 tablespoon
  • Red chilli powder 1 tablespoon
  • Salt to taste 
  • Cooking oil to cook the veggies as per the requirement       
  • turmeric powder (haldi) 1/2 tablespoon

 Other Ingredients

  • Coconut cream or cashew cream, or heavy cream 2 tablespoon
  • Water to thin the sauce

Recipe for Cauliflower Tikka Masala

Follow the steps below to enjoy the Cauliflower Tikka Masala.

Roasting of Cauliflower florets

  • Just mix up all ingredients given under the marinade and apply them on the cauliflower florets well to flavour your cauliflower tikkas. 
  • Roast cauliflower florets in a pressure cooker until the edges are browned. (15 to 20 min.) keep them aside.

Making Tikka Masala Gravy

  • Add a tablespoon of oil to the pressure cooker and sauté the onion, ginger, and garlic after finely chopping them. You can also use ginger garlic paste. Sautee till onions are translucent and raw smell of onion and garlic goes away. 
  • Mix thoroughly after adding turmeric, curry powder, salt, and fenugreek leaf crushed. 
  • Once the mixture becomes light brown and translucent, add two cups of tomato purée, either fresh or canned.
  • After adding water, cook for five minutes until the oil separates from the gravy.

Cooking Cauliflower Tikka Masala


  • Add the cauliflower florets to the tikka gravy and quickly bring the mixture to a boil. Set the pressure cooker and take one whistle.
  • Mix well and add heavy cream, cashew purée, or coconut milk/cream. To make it more flavourful, add coconut cream. The cashew purée-based vegan variant tastes the best.
  • Add coriander and a tablespoon of the cream, and then serve it warm over naan or basmati rice.
  • Simply enjoy your cauliflower tikka masala and store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to three days.

Tips to make cauliflower tikka masala in the pressure cooker

  • After adding tomatoes, never mix the sauce. Just add water and close the lid to let the oil separate from the gravy. 
  • You can even use the hand blender to smoothen the tikka gravy to get that creamy consistency. 
  • Roast the cauliflowers before adding them to the tikka gravy to get its distinct flavour. 
  • Only cook a little once you add the cauliflower florets to the tikka gravy, which will spoil the flavour. 

Cauliflower tikka masala in a pressure cooker is a simple version of the classic recipe without compromising the flavours. You can easily double or triple the recipe just by increasing the quantity of the ingredients. It goes well with rotis, rice, nan, or even to eat it as it is.