Tuesday 25 September 2007

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken tikka masala hindi: चिकन टिक्का मसाला) is a westernized indian dish based on baked chicken chunks and then cooked in a curry sauce. It is popular throughout the world, but mostly you can never find it in India.

They say that chicken tikka masala was first made in United Kingdom by the Bangladeshi Cooks
Another theory is that it originated in British India to adapt local dishes to the British palate.

A prototype may be Murgh Makhani -butter chicken, a dish from the punjab which i think is really delicious.

It seems now in Uk it is a National dish. More than Fish and Chips, can you imagine.
Well don't have to argue were the dish originated as one would never get the full truth.

But in my home all of us love this dish. Especially with Naan.

It took me years to have this dish made to perfection ( almost) to the taste i really want to have. When ever i make it for my family or for guest it is a big HIT

Make the chicken tikka. Recipe you will fine in my earlier posr here

Tikkas are done and few od the ingridients

Almost done


For the Sauce.
4 to 5 tbsp oil/ghee
1 to 2 tsp cummin seeds
2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
3 onions puree ( i mix the onions in a mixer)
1 to 2 tomato chopped
3 chillies slit
2 tbsp tandoori masal powder or paste
2 tbsp curry powder ( i thinik a another invention of the Brittish)
2 to 3 tbsp youghurt
1 tbsp tomato Ketchup
2 to 3 absp almond powder
2 tsp garam masala powder
1 tsp red food colour (optional)
a small bunch of corriander leaves chopped
200 to 250 ml fresh cream.

Heat the oil in a wok. Add the cumpmin and fry iot for a minute. Add the ginger garlic paste , onions and chilies and fry till they are light gold colour.

Now add the tandoori masala powder, curry powder and fry for a few minutes. Add the youghurt.
Add now the tomatoes and cook till the oil seperates.
Now add the ketchup, and the almond powder. Give it a mix. You can add a bit of water if you think the mix is a bit too dry.

Now add the chicken pieces and the garam masala and cook for a few minutes.
Add the cream cook for few more seconds and then add the corriander leaves.
Serve it with Naan,roti or rice.


FH said...

It is UK's national dish,shame on them!!;D
Looks mouthwatering. My kids who donot like most South Indian dishes but do like few North Indian dishes, LOVE this!! Chicken Tikka masala and Naan makes their day!:))
Thanks for the recipe F!:)

Sig said...

Chicken Tikka Masala has been a strictly restaurant food for me... Thanks for the recipe... the chicken tikka looks so delicious... so I may never do the extra steps to make the sauce, i am a little too lazy ya know :)

Rina said...

Happy, thanks for this recipe. Can't wait to try it. Tikka masala looks great.

Seena said...

kandittu kothi thonnunnnu..so delicious looking..

Padma said...

Those look so colorful and u know what I order this at restaurant. Nice idea and neat presentation with those lovely looking kadai

Dori said...

I don't mind where It's found, or where it isn't...as long as I get to eat it :D It looks darn good, can't wait to try it...will try it very soon!

Chef Jeena said...

I have never made a chicken tikka masala happy but you are right it is a national dish of the English! I have bookmarked your recipe thankyou :) Your phots look real yummy. :D

MR said...

lovely color
looks jus like restuarant style...

Cynthia said...

More than anything else, I like the colour of the dish :)

Prajusha said...

chicken tikka masala looks mouthwatering. it is a good combo with Naan.thanks for sharing the recipe.

Kajal said...

Delicious dish!!!!!!!!!!!!

Daily Meals said...

Nice recipe...

amna said...

i always order this when i go to a resturant. tastes amazing with rotis. havent tried it at home. looks yummy :)

Finla said...

Asha You should try to make it for your kids. I always adapt acoording to my likiing so you cand do this recipe to your family taste, like more spices etc....... or adding a bit more cream or water if the sauce is too thick. I am surprised your kids don't like S.Indian dishes with a mother who cooks so much tasty S.Indian dishes :-) F

Sig years back it was also mine and when i went to Mark and spencer in Brussels ( they don't have it anymore the shop) i used to buy prepade packets. But now i make it myself i don't buy them anymore.
Hey with all the lovely dishes you make in your blog you can't be LAZY :-)

Rina when you try it let me know or better post in your blog :)

Thanks padma. I am so pleased that i bought the Kadai, i 've six of them.

Messo you woudn't be disapointed if you try it.

Finla said...

Seena Kothithonuno, If you make it you will be very happy.

Jeena Thankyou verymuch

Mallurecipe Well i think it the adding of the food colour which fives such a nice colour. But some ppl don't like to use food colouring.

Cynthia, wee it is the food colour which gives the beautifull colour :-)

Prajusha , daily meals and Kajal Thank you

Nags. I too used to order it in resturant. But now that i make myself i order something else which i can't make :-)))

sdf said...

Thats a great dish .. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Amazing colors..

PVP said...

This looks wonderful...i HAVE t try this.

Priya Vijai said...

Yummy....IT looks delicious dear, I will definitely try it. Thanks for the recipe.

Kribha said...

I second Asha about the origin of chicken tikka. This is one of my frequently ordered item in restaurants. It's so nice of you to share this recipe. wanna try it soon.

Swaruchy said...

Happy Cook....Ur Chicken tikka masala rocks dear :-)
color is great....Great presentation :-)

Mahek said...

The dish looks really yummy!!!
This is my favorite and i always order this when i visit places specialising in northindian food

Thistlemoon said...

Yum Yum! That looks so lovely! One of my favs in Indian Cuisine!

Finla said...

ani thankyou, it is indeed a excelent dish.

PvP; let me know how it came out.

Priya thanks give it a try

Kribha, it was also one of my favorite dish to order in a place but now that i make it myself i tend to order something i don't make :-))

Thankyou Srisha, i am glad that you like the presentation.

Mahek u too, i was also like that now i don't as i make it myself :-)

Left over queen, thankx. Give it a try you won't order anymore. Saying you make it better than the restraunt ;-)))

Bong Mom said...

For me too Ch. Tikka is something I only have at restaurants. Yours looks exactly the same

Anonymous said...

Chicken tikka masala is everywhere in Indian restaurants in the U.S. Thanks for this recipe!

Anonymous said...

Mmm... that looks so yummy!!

ICook4Fun said...

Happy cook, your Tika Masala looks so good. Much better than the one from restaurant. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I am definately going to try it out. By the way, you have Chicken Varuval recipe? I love that dish. Thanks.

Apple said...

Hmmmm delicious...I can smell it..:)...looks so professional...Thanks for the recipe dear

Lissie said...

yummy dish... love to have it with butter nan! thanx for sharing the recipe!

Bharathy said...

:)***...thats me droooooling!!!:)

Sona - quick picks/pick quicks said...

wow!!!..great chicken!!..great colour!!!have bookmarked this recipie!!

Anonymous said...

Your chicken tikka masala looks delicious! have bookmarked your recipe & thanks for your comment on my blog!:)

Finla said...

Thanks Sandeepa, it took me years to make this dish according to my taste.

rhea Thanks, i know here too the most famous indian dish is chicken tikka ot tandoori.

Katie it also taste great :-)

i cook 4 fun thankyou. Let me know how it turned out when you make this dish. I don't think i have the recipe for chicken varuval

apple thankyou

Lissie i always have it with butter naan, but the naan is always shop bought, because when ever i make them it never turns out so good. Maybe i should try again as i have seen few good naan recipe in other blogs

bharathy i was thinking how my computer was wet, that was you drool :-))))) just kidding

a kitchen scientist.... thanks the colour i got like that by adding the food colour, which is optional

patti thanks, i hope u try it soon.

Vijiram said...

Looks yummy!! I got to try for sure...

Finla said...

Vijiram. You would not be disapointed if you try it as they are super delicious

KK said...

I am first time visitor of your blog and it looks yummy..i loved the mango kulfi..ll defnitely try it :)

Finla said...

Thanks Kuku. And welcome to my blog

Priyanka Agrawal said...

those look very professional...send them in to the garnishing event if u so please...check out my blog for details.

my first visit here and would love to revisit :)

Anonymous said...

This is delicious, we didn't have any Garam Masala but will buy some for the next time, which there certainly will be. Thanks.....

Anonymous said...

The recipe looks great. Have you ever tried Paprika instead of red food coloring as shown at http://www.food-india.com/recipe/R051_R75/R071.htm