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29/05/2014

Chicken Tikka Masala Curry

chicken tikka masala recipe | Halal Home Cooking
As-Salaamu Alaykum,

Chicken Tikka Masala is arguably the most popular foreign dish in the UK.

It is mainly of south Asian origin but some say the rich creamy sauce was added later, to satisfy the British peoples desire to have their meat served in 'gravy'.

No matter the origin. The dish has certainly won a place in the hearts of many, especially mine.
Alhamdulillah I am able to buy fresh marinated chicken tikka from my local halal butcher which saves me time and effort however, I understand not everyone can do this. The best alternative I've found is to use 2 1/4 teaspoons laziza chicken tikka masala mix  and if you can't find it or you want to avoid the food colouring you can make your own, as follows.

chicken tikka marinade:
  • l/2 lb / 225 grams chicken breast or thigh boneless and skinless, cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons of oil  
  • 1 tablespoons plain yoghurt 
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 lemon, juice of
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 heaped teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/2 scant teaspoon salt, 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
chicken tikka masala recipe | Halal Home Cooking

Place all marinade ingredients in a large bowl excluding the chicken pieces, give them a stir then add the chicken pieces and stir again ensuring each piece is well coated with the marinade. Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least 24 hours.

Pre-heat oven to 230C / 450F, place marinated tikka evenly spaced on baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes, turn and bake for another 7 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink in the middle. Remove from oven and set aside.

Now for the masala sauce:
chicken tikka masala recipe | Halal Home Cooking

Cook 1 chopped onion in 3 tablespoons oil (i used olive but it's upto you) until soft, translucent with slightly golden edges about 6-10 minutes.

chicken tikka masala recipe | Halal Home Cooking

Meanwhile, crush garlic and ginger. You can grate the ginger has it can be quite tough to get through the garlic press! I just didn't want another thing to wash. Add garlic and ginger to the pot and cook for 1-2 minutes stirring often.

chicken tikka masala recipe | Halal Home Cooking

Reduce heat slightly, Add masala spices, sugar and a splash of cold water. Cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently. Add 1/2 a 14oz / 400 gram tin plum/chopped tomatoes or 1 fresh diced tomato into the pot. Let the masala simmer uncovered for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

chicken tikka masala recipe | Halal Home Cooking

Pour the sauce into a blender (be careful it's hot!) blend until smooth.

Put together:
chicken tikka masala recipe | Halal Home Cooking

Put the masala back into the pot and stir in butter, heavy cream, lemon juice (only if you used fresh tomato) and water. Bring sauce to a boil over high heat then reduce heat to medium-low. Add chicken tikka and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

chicken tikka masala recipe | Halal Home Cooking

Serve garnished with fresh coriander and or/ fried onion and green pepper with rice or home-made naan.

Chicken Tikka Masala

serves 3

Ingredients

Chicken Tikka:

  • 1/2 lb / 225 grams, halal chicken breast or thighs, boneless and skinless
marinade: 
  • 2 tablespoons of oil  
  • 1 tablespoons plain yoghurt 
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 lemon, juice of
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 heaped teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/2 scant teaspoon salt, 
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.

Masala:


3 tablespoons oil
1 onion, diced
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons peeled and minced/finely grated ginger
1 large ripe or 1/2 14oz / 400 gram tin plum/chopped tomato
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (cassia)
1/2 teaspoon ground Kashmiri Basar spice mix or cayenne 
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground paprika
3/4 teaspoon or to taste salt 
1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 tablespoons lemon juice (only needed if you used a fresh tomato)
1/4 cup or 65ml double cream
3 tablespoons water

Method

make chicken tikka

  • Cut chicken into 3/4 inch / 2 cm cubes.
  • Place marinade ingredients in large bowl and stir.
  • Add chicken to marinade and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  • Pre-heat oven to 230C / 450F, place tikka on baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes, turn and bake for another 7 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink inside. Remove from oven and set aside.

make masala

  • Dice onion, cook in oil (I used olive but it's up to you) oven a medium-high heat until soft, translucent with slightly golden edges about 6-10 minutes.
  • Mince garlic, peel and grate ginger. Add to pot and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring often.
  • Reduce heat slightly, Add all spices, sugar and a splash of cold water. Cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently. Add tomato into pot and crush with wooden spoon. Let masala simmer uncovered for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour into a blender, blend until smooth.

put together

  • Return masala back into the pot. Stir in butter, heavy cream, lemon juice (only if you used fresh tomato) and water. Bring curry to a boil over high heat then reduce heat to medium-low. Add chicken tikka and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  • Serve garnished with coriander and/or fried onion and green pepper.
chicken tikka masala recipe | Halal Home Cooking

Please Note: Photos were taken on various days as I've made the recipe A LOT during the transition of  my latest blog move, therefore some photos have my old at home with asmaa watermark or no watermark when they were taken with vcso cam app available for both android and apple devices, highly recommended

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8 Comments:

At 30 May 2014 at 16:50 , OpenID myninjanaan.com said...

This looks wonderful mA! And it's great that your local butcher sells pre-marinated meat. Before we moved our local butchers would sell meat marinated in shish-taouk spices; it was wonderful!

 
At 31 May 2014 at 08:24 , Blogger Umm Hamza, Asmaa said...

Jazak Allah Khair :) we have a few halal butchers but only 1 does marinated meat and fish. Btw, Your shish taouk recipe is really good I tried it a few weeks ago :)

 
At 1 June 2014 at 11:03 , Blogger Aiza said...

Salaam ukhti,
Wow, that is a quite extensive dish you have prepared. i think it is more Indian than Pakistani though, never had it. Anyway the second picture in this post is amazing, it's clarity, sharpness, spot on.. And the dish as a whole seems like a huge task but it looks really worth it.
Love this.

 
At 1 June 2014 at 11:04 , Blogger Aiza said...

They don't sell pre-marinated meat or chicken here :O
So jealous. If I ever show you guys, what our local butchers and their 'shops' look like, you'd be shocked. lol

 
At 1 June 2014 at 14:03 , Blogger Umm Hamza, Asmaa said...

the butcher we get the pre-marinated meat from is the most hygienic out of them all. butchers in general can be quite messy not a pretty site lol

 
At 1 June 2014 at 14:08 , Blogger Umm Hamza, Asmaa said...

wa alaykum salaam Aiza,
yes the dish is not quick to put together but believe me the results are worth it.
thank you for letting me know it's not a pakistani dish :) I wrongly assumed it was as a lot of desi restaurants here sell it.

 
At 3 June 2014 at 19:58 , Blogger Sadaf | Chef in Frame said...

You've put a great effort in creating that dish. I havent had this curry in my life but that sounds so delish gotta give it a try!
P.S. Do vcso work as a photo editor or Camera that function differently? I'm so of Smartphone phototaker, always looking for good app that suit food photography.. I'm currently using Fotor and Avairy for editing. Never tried camera app yet.

 
At 3 June 2014 at 20:26 , Blogger Umm Hamza, Asmaa said...

As-Salaamu Alaykum Sadaf,
Thank you for your kind words and in sha Allah you give the dish a try and enjoy.
Yes it works as both a camera that takes better photos than regular phone camera also you can make edits in the vsco cam app like crop, styles, etc. Give it a go it's free to use with option to buy more styles/effects.

 

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