Monday, January 18, 2010

Chicken tikka masala

Chicken Tikka Masala - another Indian favourite, a lovely combination of spices in a typical tomato based masala Indian sauce.


4 thin sliced tomatoes
2 thin sliced onions
1 little finger-width/length of ginger (julienne sliced)
5 cloves of garlic (julienne sliced)
1 green chilli
Chicken breast
3 cardamom seeds
1 pinch of fennel seeds
5 cloves
1 pinch of cinnamon

Tikka spices
½ spoon garlic/ginger paste on chicken breast
½ spoon turmeric
½ spoon chilli powder
½ spoon garam masala
Small amount of vinegar to mix
Pinch of salt
If you want the traditional pink colouring of chicken tikka add ‘red colour’ powder

For the chicken
Put chicken in a bowl and add the 'tikka spices', leave to stand for a while. Then gently fry to cook the chicken.

For the sauce
Fry cardamom seeds, fennel seeds, cloves and cinnamon with the garlic and ginger until golden then add the onion, chilli and a pinch of salt. Add 1 spoon chilli powder, ½ spoon turmeric, 2 spoons coriander, 1 spoon garam masala then add tomatoes and water to make a sauce. Add salt to taste and some milk or yoghurt. Add cooked chicken and leave to cook a while longer, garnish with fresh coriander and serve with rice and nan.

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