Thursday, November 16, 2006

Chicken Tikka Masala

Come to think of chicken the only dishes that always came to my mind were the chicken biryani, chilli chicken and chicken fry which are very easy to prepare until I tried this chicken tikka masala which turned out to be absolutely tasty and a very easy dish to whip up when in hurry.

Chicken Tikka with Naan took me straight to the Dhaba on the Mysore-Bangalore road which we used to frequently visit as students. As I savored each bit of the naan and chicken tikka masala … I felt nostalgic, gathered all my memories of my student life, sharing 1 dish with six people, the 1 by 2 tea, desperately collecting each single rupee from everyone to make up the amount for what we ate and so on. The taste was pretty much the same as the dhaba tikka taste except that we dint have to share it with six people…..Those were the days.


½ pound Chicken
2 tbsp-Tomatos Paste
2 Tomatoes- Pureed
1tsp-Ginger Garlic paste
2 Tbsp- Chilli powder
2-3 pods – Cardamom powder (remove the pods)
1-2 –Cloves
1tsp- Cumin powder
5-8 tbsp – Heavy whipping cream
2 Tbsp-Fenugreek leaves (Dried/ Fresh)
2 Tbsp- Vegetable Oil
½ stick –Butter
Salt to taste
Fresh cilantro to garnish.

Marinade Ingredients:
1 cup- Thick yogurt
½ tsp-Chilli Powder
½ tsp-Ginger Garlic paste
2 drop-Red food color
1 tsp-Salt
Salt to taste

Marinade the chicken with marinade ingredients for about 5-8 hours in the refrigerator. Skew the marinated chicken and grill it in the oven till the chicken is cooked. When cooled shred the chicken pieces and keep it aside.
In a pan add the oil and pour the Tomato puree. Add the tomato paste. Stir in the ginger garlic paste and fry for 2 mins.Add the chilli powder, salt, powdered cardamom, Cumin and cloves. Bring the mixture to a boil. Stir in the whipping cream and the butter. Finally add the shredded chicken pieces and bring it to a nice boil. Mix in the fenugreek leaves and garnish the dish with cilantro.
Relish this with naan or Roti and take a free trip to any dhaba you wish!.