Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Thomas' Chicken Tikka Masala

I put a picture of my husband's attempt at chicken tikka masala on facebook and had a number of friends asking me for the recipe. So here it is. I was very impressed by his effort- it was rich in flavour and extremely hearty. Thomas likes recipes that calls for a large number of spices- he says it makes him feel like an alchemist in the kitchen. This is good served with basmati rice, homemade naan and raita.

Ingredients
(Chicken Marinade)

1 cup yoghurt
1 tbs lemon juice
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp black pepper
1 tbs minced ginger
2 tsp salt
4 -6 pieces of chicken with bone

1. Marinade chicken in the above ingredients and refrigerate for at least one hour. If you have time, its better to marinade the chicken overnight. Prick the chicken with a fork so that the sauce can seep in better.
2. After chicken is marinaded, grill in a hot oven. If you have access to an open fire with charcoal, that would be even better.

(Sauce)
1 tbs ghee (can be substituted with butter)
1 clove garlic minced
1 red chilli chopped
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp salt
1 can of tomato puree
1 cup cream
1/4 cup coriander leaves

1. Melt ghee and lightly fry garlic and chilli.
2. Add the cumin, chilli powder and salt
3. Add the canned tomato and cream.
4. Simmer until sauce thickens.
5. Add the end, add the grilled pieces of chicken into the sauce and serve.

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