Quorn tikka masala

Quorn tikka masala

Rumour has it that chicken tikka masala was invented in Glasgow in the 1970’s, the story being that a chap had ordered chicken tikka from an Indian restaurant in Glasgow’s West End and sent it back to the kitchen because he thought it was too dry and needed some sort of sauce with it. The quick thinking chef doused it in a creamy tomato sauce and behold, the tikka masala as we know it, which has gone on to become a British institution, was born.

Whether there is any truth in this story, we’ll probably never know, but there’s no denying that wherever it’s origin, it’s a pretty darn good curry – creamy and comforting with just the right amount of heat.

If you do a search for tikka masala on the internet, you’ll notice hat no two recipes are the same. Everyone seems to have their own variation using a wide variety of ingredients. In the same spirit, I decided to create my own version using what I had to hand. I also decided to substitute the chicken for Quorn to make it a wee bit healthier.


300g Quorn chicken style pieces, frozen
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp hot chilli powder
3 tbsp smoked paprika
2 tsp dried coriander leaf
1 tbsp sugar
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 cup low fat natural yoghurt
2 tbsps single cream
Salt, to taste
Sliced almonds, to serve
Rice, to serve


Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan. Add the sliced onions and garlic and cook for one minute. Add in all of the dried spices and sugar and cook for another minute or two or until the onions have softened. Next add in the frozen Quorn pieces, stir well then add the tinned tomatoes, low fat yoghurt and single cream. Stir well then turn the heat down and leave to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Your tikka masala sauce should have reduced down by half and be lovely and thick. Serve over rice and top with some sliced almonds.

Serves 4


  1. lafeinyis

    May I ask what Quorn is? I have never heard of it before. (Small town Canadian girl here.)

  2. theglasgowscullery

    Hello there. Quorn is a meat substitute made from micro-proteins. That doesn’t make it sound very glamorous but they have a whole range of meat substitues and some of them are pretty yummy. Their chicken substitutes are particularly good. I’m not a vegi myself but I sometimes like using quorn because it’s really low in calories and packed full of protein. I usually keep a stash of it in my freezer to throw together really quick meals. I know they sell it in the US but not sure about Canada. (Heres a link to their website in case you’re interested http://www.quorn.co.uk/)

    Hope this has shed some light on the matter 🙂

  3. lafeinyis

    Thank you so much for the informative reply. I don’t know if they have Quorn here in Canada but I have seen some meet substitutes and have tried some and liked it. I am a fan a meatless Mondays. (but for my family it isn’t always ‘Monday’) Thanks for the link I will check it out!

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