Chicken tikka masala is probably the most popular Indian dish in the Western countries. For me it is definitely not surprising that perfectly grilled chicken cubes slathered with a rich and delicious sauce of almonds and tomatoes are well-loved and in demand. The tomatoes make the curry mild for those who dont have a fiery palate and the almonds lend their rich nutty flavor to make it all the more irresistible. I have always loved the tandoori dishes be it naan or tikkas or tikka masalas. So it was taken that when we grill the tikkas, I would make Chicken tikka masala with it. The recipe I used was perfect, with the spices and the tomato gravy balanced well to make a decadent rich curry. We enjoyed it very well with hot naan. The recipe starts with marinating and grilling the chicken cubes to make chicken tikkas. I have given the recipe for the marinade and grilling instructions in a previous post. Hope you all would enjoy this delicious chicken tikka masala. Have a great day!!
Recipe (Serves 6) :
Oil - 1 tbsp
Onion - 1, finely chopped
Cardamom pods - 2
Garlic cloves - 2, crushed
Chopped tomatoes - 14 oz, can
Ground cinnamon - 1/4 tsp
Garam masala - 1 tbsp
Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Jaggery or soft brown sugar - 1 tsp
Cream - 1 1/4 cups
Ground almonds - 1 tbsp
Chicken tikka - 1 recipe
Chopped cilantro - 1 tbsp
Heat the oil in a heavy-based pan over low heat.
Add the onion and cardamom pods and fry until the onion is soft and starting to brown.
Add the garlic to the pan, cook for 1 minute and then add the tomatoes.
Cook until the paste is thick.
Add the cinnamon, garam masala, chilli powder and sugar to the pan.
Cook for a minute.
Stir in the cream and almonds.
Add the cooked chicken tikka pieces.
Gently simmer for 5 minutes or until the chicken is heated through.
Garnish with chopped cilantro/coriander.
Source: The Food Of India by Priya Wickramasinghe.
I am sending this yummy curry to "Eat Healthy-Protein Rich" event at Sangeeth's Art of Cooking Indian Food. My other entries include:
Noodles with Peanut Sauce
Stir-fried Chicken with Mango
Baked Buffalo Wings
Diced Chicken with Vegetables
Hot and Sour Pork with Celery
Sweet and Sour Chickpeas