Monday, April 25, 2011

Chicken Tikka masala

Chicken Tikka masala is an Indian dish much favored by all who can't take the heat of other Indian dishes. In restaurants they make it with a little sweetish touch to satisfy the customers. I have narrated a basic Indian Tikka recipe here. This recipe is a good option for dieters who are eager to reduce the frying process and looking for some 'side dish for chapathi'.

Chicken tikka.
chicken tikka - Indian grilled chicken

Tikka masala - Chicken tikka in gravy.


(For Tikka)
Boneless chicken - 1 lb (1/2 kg)
Red chilly powder - 1 tbsp
salt - 1 tbsp
thick Indian yogurt - 1/2 cup
oil / butter - 2 tbsp  (optional)
turmeric - 1 tsp
ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp

(Gravy / Masala)
Tomato - 5
(or) tomato puree - 1 cup
onion (chopped)- 1 cup
bay leaf - 2
cinnamon - 2 inch
garam masala powder - 1 tbsp
red chilly powder - 1 tbsp
cumin powder - 1 tsp
cashew / almond - 5
oil / butter - 1 tsp
ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
salt - as per taste.

Wash and clean the meat. Cut chicken into 1.5 inch size cubes.
Blend the masalas listed under Tikka together in a mixing bowl.
Keep the chicken pieces marinated in that masala for 1 hour (room temp.) or overnight inside the refrigerator.

Soak the bamboo skewers in water more than 1 hour.

Thread the pieces in the skewer with a little spacing. Bake them in oven at 350 deg C for 20 mins one side. Then flip and bake for 10 mins. Then broil it both sides.
(Instead the pieces can be grilled or deep fried also).

Take out and remove from skewers. Keep aside.

Chicken tikka is ready!

We can serve them simply as a snack or side dish or stuffing inside chapati rolls,  without the gravy.

Tikka masala:
Saute the onion in very little oil till it gets golden brown. Keep aside.
(We can mw or boil the onions in 1/4 cup of water instead).
Boil the chopped tomatoes with 1/4 cup water.
Let them cool and grind along with cashews.
Heat 1 tsp oil in a wok. Put the bay leaves, cinnamon stick . Then add the ginger garlic paste, stir well and add the ground masala. Add any left over marination too.
Put the red chilly powder, garam masala, salt, cumin powder, turmeric powder and close with a lid. Let them boil in minimum heat till the raw smell vanishes.
Then finally add the chicken tikka and mix well. Switch off after the gravy gets thick.
Garnish with finely chopped cilantro + mint leaves.

Chicken tikka masala is ready!

Serving suggestions:
Serve as side dish with chapathi / roti/ parotta.
Goes well with cumin rice or any pulav.

We can reduce the oil content in this recipe and we won't see much difference.
We can add a tbsp of sugar to the masala and reduce the chilly powder, if the guest can't take the hot chilly taste.


Shama Nagarajan said...

mouthwatering chicken dear

My Inspired Reality said...

Viki, this is hubby's all time favorite dish. One time we were in a hotel restaurant in Bangalore, he loved the dish so much he had to go into the kitchen and congratulate the chef:):) Of course, no one had ever done that to the chef, who was very pleased:)

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Chicken Tikka Masala looks mouthwatering and inviting. You have made my day. Great Recipe.

Hamaree Rasoi

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Tempting masala....looks delicious...

Suja Manoj said...

Perfect and yummy,makes me drool

Vikis Kitchen said...

Shama: Thanks dear.

Vikis Kitchen said...

Kala: Chefs truly deserve to be congratulated and what your hubby did was so sweet. I too love to cook for my friends just to get that happy moment:) Try this and enjoy.

Vikis Kitchen said...

Deepa: You too made my day dear:)

Vikis Kitchen said...

Reshmi: Thanks dear.
Suja: Thanks dear.

Suman Singh said...

This is simply delicious! Great recipe.

divya said...

What a fabulous tikka masala. delicious:)

Swathi said...

Delicious chicken tikka masala. Nice recipe.

Nandinis food said...

Fabulous chicken tikka masala. Drooling here.

Vimitha Durai said...

I would have eaten the grilled chicken as such itself... The masala looks so very yum

vandana rajesh said...

wow mouthwatering of my favs....just want to have it with a hot butter naan:)

Suparna said...

hey viki,
the tikka looks really delicious...

Priya Suresh said...

Irresistible chicken tikka masala,simply fabulous..

Sangeetha Nambi said...

First time here. Spicy tikka masala. Nice.

Sunanda said...

Your recipe inspiring me to make this awesome chicken Tikkka masala .. I would like to try soon

Saucy Siciliana said...

We all love Indian food in my family. Thank you for this wonderful recipe! Best regards from Trapani, Sicily!

lubnakarim06 said...

Love that marinade....looks completely yum...

Ila said...

wonderful and yummy chicken tikka masala :)

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

First time here..u hv a wonderful space with mouthwatering recipes n pics...
Visit mine as time permits...
And this looks so yummy n tongue tickling

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

Following u dear...