Chicken Tikka Masala
Chicken Tikka Masala is easily the best known of curries and a firm favourite for most.
This is an authentic recipe that uses herbs and spices rather than a shop bought paste. It takes time to make and also time to master. It is up to you if you want to take the time to do so. The rewards are great, you will gain the knowledge, skill and confidence to create some amazing curries and other Indian dishes each of which you get to eat as you master their creation.
I have broken this recipe down into sections to make it easier to follow. Each section will tell you the ingredients needed as well as what equipment you need.
Take your time and do them one at a time in the order I wrote them in and you will be left with a delicious Chicken Tikka Masala that will get so much easier to make the more you make it.
There are a lot of ingredients which means a lot of expense at the start, however these ingredients last and so will make a lot of curries for months to come so on a per curry basis, the more you make the cheaper each becomes.
If you want to get serious about making your own curries at home then buy a spice grinder. Look in your local electrical store as I seen a great one for €23 failing that go to Argos.
You will need… Mortar and Pestle or Small Bowl, cling film and a large bowl big enough to hold the chicken.
3 tsp Garam Masala
5 tsp Turmeric
1 Thumbnail size piece of Ginger, peeled and chopped really finely
8 Cloves of Garlic, peeled and chopped
3 tsp Ground Coriander
3 tsp Ground Cumin
The large bowl with the paste from earlier, 1 sharp knife to cut chicken, 1 raw meat (red) chopping board, 1 wooden or metal spoon, cling film and a whisk.
You will need..300-400ml Natural Yogurt
1 tsp Salt
4 – 6 Chicken Breasts
1/2 tsp Ground Chili, use as little or as much as suits you.
1 Onion, thinly sliced
1 tsp Chopped Garlic
1 tsp Chopped Ginger
3 tbsp Ghee or Oil
30g Tomato Paste
Rest of the Spice Paste you made earlier
2 Full Tins of Chopped Tomatoes
Fill one tin with cold water then add that too
250ml Fresh Cream, Double Cream is best
Good Bunch of Coriander Stalks chopped, keep the leaves till later.
1 Tin of Coconut Milk
2 tbsp of Sugar
1 Knorr Chicken Stock Cube
I will post the recipe for Pilau Rice and Nan Bread as soon as I can afford to make them.