Tandoori Veg Pasta – Indian Style Macaroni and Cheese

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Creamy, spicy and cheesy Indian style veg tandoori pasta! The cheese sauce is full of spices and so easy to make.  My sister and I thought this tastes like a paneer pasta dish without the paneer.  This dish came together through experiment. Growing up eating traditional food with flavor and a kick makes me want to add spice and level up all types of dishes like in my Cheesy Chole Pasta Indian fusion dish. So if you are looking for a way to up the flavor in your usual pasta, here it is!

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Make this quick meal because…

  • A quick way to satisfy craving for Indian flavor
  • Sneak in some veggies
  • Make a comforting meal to dig into
Tandoori queso ingredients

Ingredient Notes And Substitution Ideas

Tandoori masala is key for this dish.  I highly recommend getting tandoori masala from an Indian grocery store.  At times, I find the Indian blends at stores such as Whole Foods to be inauthentic blends.  When buying a tandoori or tikka masala blend, check the ingredients to make sure there aren’t unnecessary colors added to it such as Red 40.  I used MDH brand for this recipe.

Small shell pasta is my favorite type of pasta to use for this and for other macaroni and cheese recipes I make.  I really enjoy how the cheesy sauce is captured in the shells giving a burst of flavor when you eat it!

Cheese – try to avoid using cheese that is already shredded.  Use either a block that you shred yourself or slices as I did.  This is because cheese that is already shredded has added ingredients to prevent clumping and that can at times change the texture of the sauce.

Making it vegan

Although I have not tried it this way yet, I would substitute a can of coconut milk for the evaporated milk and a cup of nutritional yeast in place of the cheese.  Note, this is just a suggestion, I have not made it this way so I can’t confirm the amounts and consistency of the sauce it would produce.

Jain friendly pasta

Skip the onion and garlic to make this Jain friendly.  You can add in a little asofetida (hing) to add more depth of flavor.

small shell pasta cooked

Get cooking!

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Tandoori Pasta Veg – Indian Style Macaroni and Cheese

Shilpa Joshi
Creamy, spicy and cheesy tandoori/tikka masala pasta! Indian style macaroni pasta that is easy to make and satisfies the craving for a tasty, easy meal
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course lunch
Cuisine indian fusion
Servings 6 servings
Calories 265 kcal


  • Pot
  • pan


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • cup onion chopped finely
  • 1 roma tomato chopped finely (128 g)
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 228 g cheese
  • 13 oz evaporated milk
  • 1 jalapeno chopped finely
  • tsp tandoori masala
  • ½ tsp kashmiri chilli
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • cup pasta (shells capture the cheese!) about 316g


  • Heat water to boil in pot and add pasta to cook per instructions. Once cooked, drain and set aside.
    small shell pasta cooked
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in pan on medium high. Add onions and garlic. Cooking about two minutes and mixing. Add in tomatoes and jalapenos. Cook two more minutes.
    tomatoes onions peppers cooking in gray pan
  • Add in evaporated milk and cheese, stir until cheese melts. Add in spices/salt and mix. Add in 3 tbsp milk to thin the consistency a little. It will thicken as cools.
    cheese sauce with indian spices
  • Add cooked pasta to cheese sauce and mix well.
    indian style macaroni


  • Prep ingredients by chopping all very finely!
  • Make sure to use an authentic tandoori masala spice blend
  • Use cheese from a block or cheese slices to avoid the extra anti-caking ingredients that comes in pre-shredded cheese bags
  • You can always change the consistency of the cheese sauce by adding milk to make creamier
  • When reheating, adding a little water or milk will also help to loosen consistency of the sauce


Calories: 265kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 14gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 419mgPotassium: 281mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 710IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 449mgIron: 1mg
Keyword indian style macaroni, indian style pasta recipe, tandoori pasta, tikka masala pasta, veg pasta recipe indian
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