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Old 05-08-2005, 02:19 PM   #1
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Chicken Tikka Masala

Ingredients
4 large chicken breasts, cut into bite size chunks
500g / 1 lb Greek yoghurt (if you can't get Greek use any natural yoghurt)
4 desert spoons of tandoori masala powder
1/4 tsp chilli powder
2 cloves garlic, crushed
4 desert spoons of chopped mint (or mint sauce)
1 tsp grated ginger
3 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp of good quality ghee or vegetable oil
2/3 onions, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
10 fl oz / 300ml chicken stock
Fresh coriander


Method
  • Put the chicken breasts, yoghurt, tandoori masala powder, chilli powder, garlic, chopped mint, grated ginger and lemon juice in a bowl, cover and leave in the refrigerator to marinate for 24 hours or a minimum of 6 hours.
  • Heat the oil in a wok, add the chopped onions and brown. Add the crushed garlic and stir fry for 1 minute.
  • Add the marinated chicken and sauce, then cook for 20 minutes over a low - medium heat. Add more mint at this stage if desired.
  • Stir in the chicken stock and cook on a medium - high heat until the sauce is reduced to a creamy consistency.
  • Add a handful if roughly chopped fresh coriander and serve. It's great with rice and any Indian bread, or French bread come to that, and perhaps some salad.

Dave says to hand out asbestos underpants, but I don't think most people with find this too hot to handle!

Serves 4

I haven't tried this recipe yet but will try it sometime this week.

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Old 05-09-2005, 05:31 AM   #2
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Chicken tikka masala involves a tomato based gravy.
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Old 05-09-2005, 08:10 AM   #3
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Tikka Masala is a very, very MILD curry sauce! Asbestos underpants or knickers are not required Has to be at least Madras or Vindaloo 'heat' before you need to take that precaution.
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Old 05-09-2005, 10:49 AM   #4
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Here's a little more about the UK dish known as CTM - it's from www.sonzyskitchen.com - a great site for Indian cooking. I've added some of the site comments about this dish, as I thought you might enjoy them

"Chicken Tikka Masala (CTM)

Everything you ever wanted to know about it.

Definition : chicken tikka masala , n. mild curry dish of chicken in a tomato-based sauce, cooked tandoori style (in a charcoal-fired oven). Optional hefty dose of tartrazine lends luminescent orange glow. (As described by BBC)
Chicken tikka masala has a truly postcolonial history, produced when one of the world's greatest cuisines found itself confronted by a British palette unused to anything spicier than table salt. Legend has it one obstinate diner demanded gravy on tandoori chicken. A bemused chef responded by adding tin of Campbell's tomato soup and pinch of spices, unwittingly partaking in early example of fusion cookery.

" Chicken Tikka Massala is now a true British national dish, not only because it is the most popular, but because it is a perfect illustration of the way Britain absorbs and adapts external influences. Chicken Tikka is an Indian dish. The Massala sauce was added to satisfy the desire of British people to have their meat served in gravy. "
- Extract from a speech by British Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook.
Facts and Figures about Chicken Tikka Masala (CTM)
  • Sainsbury's sell 1.6 million CTM meals every year and stocks 16 CTM-related products including chicken tikka masala pasta sauce. Other derivations include CTM crisps, CTM pizzas, CTM kievs and Marks and Spencer's famous CTM sandwiches (18 tonnes devoured every week).
  • A 1998 survey by Real Curry Restaurant Guide of 48 different CTMs found only common ingredient was chicken.
  • 23 million portions a year are sold in Indian restaurants.
  • 10 tonnes of Chicken Tikka Masala a day are produced by Noon Products destined for supermarkets.
  • Most schools and charities in Sylhet, Bangladesh are run by proceeds from its sales.
  • Chef Iftekar Haris from Newport, Gwent has written a musical in praise of it.
  • Organisers of Kingfisher National Curry Day claim that if all the portions sold in one year in UK were stacked they would constitute a tikka tower 2770 times taller than the Greenwich Millennium Dome.
Though there have been around 50 versions of the same dish, I give here a recipe how I would like it.

IngredientsPart I.
2 lbs. boneless chicken breast
1/4 cup yogurt
3 t. minced ginger
3 t. crushed garlic
1/4 t. white pepper
1/4 t. cumin powder
1/4 t. mace
1/4 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. green cardamom powder
1/4 t. chili powder
1/4 t. turmeric
3 T. lemon juice
4 T. vegetable oil
Melted margarine (for basting) Part II.
5 oz. tomato paste
10 oz. tomato puree
2 lbs. tomatoes, chopped
2 t. ginger paste
2 t. garlic paste
2 t. green chilies
1 T. red chili powder
2 t. cloves
8 green cardamoms
salt to taste
3 T. butter
2/3 cup cream
1 t. fenugreek
2 t. ginger, julienned
honey to taste


MethodWhisk all of the ingredients in Part I together in a large bowl. Add the chicken breast, cut into 2 inch cubes. Marinate overnight in the refrigerator. Preheat oven to 350F. Bake the chicken for 8 minutes, basting with margarine twice. Drain excess marinade and bake for another 2 minutes. While doing this, make the sauce in Part II. Deseed and chop green chilies. Put tomatoes, tomato paste and tomato puree in a pot and add approximately 4-1/4 cups of water. Add ginger and garlic paste, green chilies, red chili powder, cloves, cardamoms, and salt. Cook over low heat until reduced to a thick sauce. Strain through a strainer and bring to a boil. Add butter and cream. Stir. If the sauce tastes sour, add honey to taste. Add fenugreek and ginger juliennes, stir, and serve with the chicken."
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Old 05-10-2005, 09:09 AM   #5
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Although the English love for all things gravy tends to lead a certain believability/charm to the chicken tikka masala creation myth, it is just that, a myth.

The English didn't invent CTM. North Indians have been making both chicken tikka as well as tomato based gravies for hundreds of years.

The English do love the dish and I can see how their love for it would propel them to attempt to co-opt it as their own creation.

The dish is of Indian origin, though.
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Old 05-10-2005, 10:55 AM   #6
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No-one SAID the English invented it - just that it was invented by Indians or Bangladeshis or Pakistanis IN England. A subtle distinction, but true, nonetheless. Chicken tikka is/was a DRY dish. Tomato-based sauces were/are of I/B/P origins. Slapping them together and calling the dish CTM was 'invented' in England.

Personally, I find it far too bland!
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Old 05-10-2005, 12:17 PM   #7
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Scott, Ishbel it's interesting but I also suspect that there is some western influence to this dish. Back in India there are a lot of dishes that are popular in restaurants but this is not one of them. Yes Chicken tikka are but not that combined with a tomato based gravy.

I used to eat a lot of butter chicken which in India is prepared by grilling the chicken (similar to tikka) and then dicing it into small peices and then cooking it in a rich gravy of cashewnuts, cream and butter with spices.

I learned about chicken tikka masala when I came to the US. My uncle is a renowed chef amongst the Indian community in US (he has worked in over a dozen top Indian restaurants from East to West to South). Anyway, I was introduced to it but I can say that I like butter chicken a lot more than this concoction.
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Old 05-10-2005, 12:44 PM   #8
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yakuta thats true,this dish is'nt popular in india or pakistan,and i've never found it to be something special,its bland and not very tasty as other chicken dishes.Infact a simple chicken korma or karahi is a lot better than this!
how do u make your karahi yakuta?
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Hey Sarah I just sent you a Private Email on this.
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Old 05-10-2005, 02:25 PM   #10
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I don't know anything about curries but I am certainly learning alot from you guys! Thanks for all the great information, I really appreciate it.
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