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Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken tikka masala is a recipe most people know. The whole British vs Indian debate about who actually came up with the recipe isn’t one I know much about. All I know is that it is delicious. I don’t add mango chutney myself but feel free to add it in with the tomato, if you like.

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As with any dish, it has many variations. This is the way I like it. I also make a chicken masala dish that is a far simpler version of this recipe.

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This is a recipe that my little cherubs love and I hope you enjoy it too.

Chicken Tikka Masala

Ingredients

  • 1lb skinless, boneless chicken thighs cleaned and cut into 2cm pieces
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Marinade
  • 180g natural yoghurt
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 inch garlic crushed
  • 2 green chillies crushed
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp chickpea flour
  • Curry
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 black cardamom pod
  • 1 bay leaves
  • 2 onions diced
  • 2 tbsp fresh fenugreek leaves
  • 1.5 tsp coriander powder
  • 1.5 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 200g plum tomatoes pulsed
  • 1/2 red pepper chopped into small chunks
  • 2 tbsp natural yoghurt
  • 100ml coconut milk (from a tin)
  • 100ml single cream
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 100ml water
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

    Chicken Pieces
  1. Marinade the chicken for on hour before cooking.
  2. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and dry fry the chicken pieces for 5-7 minutes each side or until cooked. (Depends on the thickness of the chicken).
  3. Heat the grill and stick the pan under it to charr the chicken pieces for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Remove from the grill and set aside.
  5. Curry
  6. Heat the oil in a large pan and add the cloves, cardamom and bay leaf.
  7. Stir for now minute, then add the onions, garlic, ginger and fenugreek. Cook for 7-8 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Now add the cooked chicken pieces and stir for a couple of minutes.
  9. Add the coriander, cumin, turmeric and red chilli powder and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  10. Stir in the tomato, red pepper and yoghurt and mix well for 2-3 minutes.
  11. Pour in the milk, cream, water and the garam masala.
  12. Bring to a simmer but don't let it boil. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  13. Season well and taste. Garnish with coriander leaves if you desire.
  14. Serve with rice or roti.
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