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Chicken Tikka Masala

By: Rajiv Anand of Santa Clara, US

Chicken tikka in gravy

Filed in Main Dishes

Serves 4 people

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This must be the single most popular indian dish that got popularized by British around the world


6 Chicken thigh pieces (boneless)

Marinade for Tikkas

  • 6 tbsp. Yoghurt
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tbsp Garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp Ginger paste
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Curry Powder (Garam Masala)
  • 4-5 tsp lemon juice
  • Salt to taste

For Gravy

  • 2 Tomatoes(chopped)
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 tsp Ginger-garlic paste
  • ½ tsp. Cumin powder
  • ½ tsp. Coriander powder
  • ¼ cup Milk
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Salt to taste


Chicken tikka masala is a two step process, Tikka and Gravy. Grilling the chicken definetely flavors this dish but if you do not have a grill, you could use any oven too. Once you have your chicken grilling, you could start the gravy process in parallel. 

  1. Cut chicken into smaller pieces. Drain any water.
  2. Mix all ingredients for the marinade and add chicken into it. Set aside for at least 1 hour
  3. Grill chicken on hot grill (barbecue) to golden brown. Baste butter (or oil) frequently to ensure that chicken remains tender and moist. Do not overcook.
  4. Heat oil and add ginger, garlic paste. Fry a little and add chopped onions.
  5. Keep heat on high to slightly caramelize the onions. Caramelizing onions enhances its flavors for this dish.
  6. When onions turn golden, add chopped tomatoes and keep frying on medium heat until the oil separates.
  7. Add cumin and coriander powder. Mix
  8. Add salt and sugar and drop the chicken tikka pieces in it.
  9. Let it simmer for 5 minutes on low heat and let the flavors mingle a little.
  10. Increase heat to high and incorporate milk slowly. Stirring continously.
  11. Once the gravy is of right consistency, reduce heat to low. Prepare any garnish
  12. Serve with white rice.

Latest Comments

By farea.i.sharique on 5/10/2012 4:32:00 AM

Recipie seems yummy n easy..wl b tryng out tomorow.hope turnsout well.

By Shweta Ballal on 4/30/2012 3:58:00 PM

Dear Salma, in case of the above recipe, incorporate milk, means, 'slowly add' or 'unite' the milk with the mixture that is already being cooked on stove. Chances of milk getting curdled is high when it is added in hot things on high flame, resulting in a badly cooked dish in the end. So, in order to avoid reaching such situation, you ought to take care by reducing the flame atleast a couple of mintues before incorporating raw dairy products such as, milk and yoghurt, in a slow and strring fashion. Hope, the explaining I have done here, is, fair enough.

By salma on 4/28/2012 3:49:00 PM

what does mean by incorporate milk?

By salma on 4/28/2012 3:49:00 PM

what does mean by incorporate milk?

By ashi on 4/19/2011 3:25:00 AM

looks yummy gonna try ths today n keep posting such recipees.

By rubina on 3/6/2011 6:32:00 AM

owshame, dear razib thanks for ur recipe

By Sabiha Khan on 12/25/2010 5:13:00 AM


By afifa on 11/1/2010 2:47:00 PM

this recipee seems to be very tasy ,and i wanna try it ,mr, chef can u please help me out if i could make it with out using a grill,any substitute,ply reply as soon as psble bcse i wanna try it ,thank u.


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