Easy Baked Mushroom Tikka

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If you’re a fan of Indian food, you must try this mushroom tikka! The flavours are just incredible.

It couldn’t be easier to make – just coat some mushrooms in a tasty spiced yogurt marinade, then bake until they’re juicy and packed with flavour. The spices in the marinade intensify so much as it cooks, and the mushrooms become almost crispy around the edges – it’s really amazing.

Baked mushroom tikka in a bowl with naan bread and salad.

I love a good mushroom recipe, and this is such a versatile one.

This easy mushroom tikka would make a great Indian appetiser, or an Indian side dish with a feast of different vegetarian curries. Or if you’re not planning a big feast, I served mine as a light lunch with some naan bread and salad. Seriously one of the best lunches I’ve had in months.

Much like the more common (but obviously less vegetarian) chicken tikka, you could cook this mushroom tikka on metal skewers, if you like. I tested the recipe using skewers, as well as just baking the mushrooms straight on a baking tray, and to be honest, the skewers were more faff than they were worth. They did look pretty though, so it’s up to you!

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s pretty healthy, made simply with mushrooms, Greek yogurt and spices.
  • The flavours are truly unreal – you have to try it to understand!
  • This mushroom tikka is such a versatile dish, and can be served as a light lunch, or as an Indian side dish as part of a more extensive feast.
  • It’s such a quick and easy mushroom recipe, with very little skill required.
  • This dish is super low calorie.

🥗 Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe. You’ll also need a few cupboard staples, like oil, salt and pepper. See the printable recipe card below for detailed ingredient quantities.

Ingredients for mushroom tikka with text overlay.
  • mushrooms. It doesn’t particularly matter what kind of mushroom you use – button mushrooms, chestnut mushrooms, portobello mushrooms, etc. would all be great. I used chestnut mushrooms.
  • Greek yogurt
  • lemon juice
  • spices – I used curry powder, smoked paprika, chilli powder, and turmeric.
  • cilantro, to garnish

Becca’s Top Tip

If you don’t already have a well-stocked spice collection, don’t bother buying each individual spice just for this recipe. Instead, a decent shop-bought spice mix (e.g. a tikka mix) will work just as well.

📋 Instructions

Here’s how to make this recipe – see below for the printable recipe with detailed ingredients and instructions.

A spiced yogurt marinade in a mixing bowl.

Step 1: Combine Greek yogurt and lemon juice with all of the spices, to create the tasty tikka marinade.

Mushrooms coated in tikka yogurt marinade in a bowl.

Step 2: Add the mushrooms, and mix well until they’re fully coated. If you have time, leave them to marinate for a while.

Mushroom tikka spread out on a baking tray.

Step 3: Spread the mushrooms on a baking tray, and bake them until they are soft and juicy, and the marinade has become browned and slightly crispy.

Baked mushroom tikka in a bowl with salad and naan bread.

Step 4: Serve warm – I like mine with naan bread and salad.

Becca’s Top Tip

If you want to, you can use extra vegetables, along with the mushrooms. Chunks of pepper and onion would work really well. You could also add chunks of paneer cheese!

💭 Recipe FAQs

What is tikka?

Tikka is a popular dish in South Asian cuisine. It consists of small pieces of meat or vegetables, marinated in yogurt and spices. Tikka is generally cooked in an urn-shaped oven called a tandoor, but a regular oven works just fine too!

Can I make mushroom tikka skewers?

If you want to, you can thread the pieces of marinated mushroom onto metal skewers before baking them in the oven. I tried it this way, as well as just baking the mushrooms straight on the tray, and I found the skewers to be an unnecessary faff. It does look pretty though!

Can I prepare this in advance?

If you want to, you can add the mushrooms to the marinade, and then store the bowl in the fridge for a day or so, until you’re ready to bake. The mushrooms may even absorb more flavour from the marinade this way.

Can I reheat these tikka mushrooms?

These are best eaten fresh, but if you’d like to reheat them, the microwave is the best option, to keep them juicy. Don’t overcook them, or they may become overly chewy.

Can I cook these on a BBQ?

I haven’t tried cooking this mushroom tikka on a BBQ, but it certainly seems worth a try. I would aim to cook them over a medium heat, so the mushrooms have a chance to soften up before the spices burn. It might be easier to use the skewers for this, so they don’t fall through the grill!

Mushroom tikka in a bowl with naan bread and salad.
Baked mushroom tikka in a bowl with naan bread and salad.

Mushroom Tikka

This mushroom tikka is baked in an easy spiced yogurt marinade, which intensifies as it cooks and gets crispy round the edges. Irresistible!

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Marinating Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 109kcal
Author: Becca Heyes

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons (heaped) full fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder (mild or hot)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 250 g (~ 9 oz) mushrooms (I used chestnut mushrooms)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon oil
  • To serve, fresh coriander (cilantro), chopped (optional)

Instructions

  • Add the Greek yogurt to a mixing bowl, along with the lemon juice and all of the spices (curry powder through black pepper). Mix well to combine.
  • If you’re using large mushrooms, cut them into chunky pieces. My chestnut mushrooms were medium-sized, so I just halved them. Small mushrooms, like button mushrooms, can be left whole, and larger mushrooms may need to be quartered.
  • Add the mushrooms to the bowl, and stir well to thoroughly coat them in the yogurt mixture.
  • If you have time, leave the mushrooms to marinate for 20 minutes or so.
  • While the mushrooms are marinating, heat the oven to 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F), and lightly oil a baking tray.
  • If you want to, feed the mushrooms onto metal skewers. If you don’t have skewers, or you run out of space on them, you can just spread the mushrooms out on the baking tray. I’ve tested it both ways, and they work exactly the same – they just look pretty on the skewers!
  • Bake for around 25 minutes, stirring once, until the mushrooms are soft and juicy, and the marinade has become browned and slightly crispy. Serve topped with some chopped cilantro, if desired.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Mushroom Tikka
Amount Per Serving (1 portion)
Calories 109 Calories from Fat 55
% Daily Value*
Fat 6.1g9%
Saturated Fat 1.9g10%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 596mg25%
Potassium 466mg13%
Carbohydrates 10.8g4%
Fiber 2.6g10%
Sugar 6.6g7%
Protein 5.7g11%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on your exact ingredients. Please calculate your own nutritional values if you require accuracy for health reasons.

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50 Comments

  1. Just made them, they were pretty good but the turmeric flavor was a bit overpowering and it seemed a lot drier than yours?

    Other than that, they were delicious with Indian flat breads and onions, i love my mushrooms! :)

  2. Made these with out the chili powder, so good. Now I want to do a big mix with tofu, potato, and cauliflower as well as the mushrooms.

  3. Becca, these sound so great, I love mushrooms, and have pretty much all the ingredients (except the shrooms) already in my pantry. I have made yogurt marinated chicken, that I roast leaving the yougrt clinging, so I know what you mean about the crust factor. Thanks for this great idea.

  4. Wonderful!! made them for dinner last night with tofu in place of some of the mushrooms. My husband adored it. will be making it again!

  5. I made this last night for dinner, it was really good!

    I tripled the recipe (although probably got my proportions a bit wrong haha) and also made another bowl using the same marinade/sauce with diced chicken for the meat-eater in the house. He said it was really good (I’ll take his word for it), but he also loved the mushrooms! He only took a little bit of the mushroom mix at the start, but after one bite he went back and piled his plate right up! Haha.

    Served it with rice and some roti, and a little bit of greek yoghurt on the side. It was surprisingly filling!