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How to Cook Chicken Tikka Masala

Learn how to cook chicken tikka masala from cookbook author Maya Kaimal in this Howcast Indian food video.


We’ve got our cream and we’ve got our yogurt in. And now, we’re going to add some chicken. So, we have our chicken Tikka here, which I’ve already cooked. And I’m gonna add, not gonna add all of it. I just like to have mine saucy. Stir it up nicely. You could also use Tandori chicken, if you have that on hand. I know if you buy a pre-roasted chicken, just cut it up and add that and that would be delicious too.

So we’re going to let this simmer for about ten minutes. Okay, so, you can see now that the color has deepened. It’s gotten a little more red. And the oil from the butter is starting to separate out. And we’re ready to add the final ingredients. We’re going to add Garam Masala, which is, mmm, really nice, fragrant mix of warm spices. Cinnamon, Clove, Black Pepper, Cumin, a little Nutmeg you can buy it or you can make it yourself. It’s very easy to make.

And then we’re going to put in this, which is dried vinegary leaves. These have kind of a nice, kind of bitter, bittersweet, almost kind of maple-y, kind of flavor. And they add just a really nice extra herbal quality. Then I'm putting in toasted Cumin. Toasted Cumin is something you can make easily by toasting Cumin seeds lightly in a frying pan. And oh, I’m also going to add a little bit of fresh Cilantro. So toasting Cumin seeds can be done very simply. You toast the seeds in a frying pan until they're light brown, and then you grind them up. Either with a mortar and pestle or with a coffee grinder.

But you can also buy it, now there is a brands that are producing it and selling it in supermarkets. So it’s a great convenience, it’s a really wonderful ingredient. It has such a great aroma and adds a lot of depth to curries like this one. Okay, these last few ingredients just need to warm through and we actually are finished with our chicken Tikka masala. We're going to add a little fresh Cilantro on top as a garnish. This is such a well loved dish, because it’s nice and mild, and creamy, and everybody loves it. Kids love it. From my product line it's our best selling sauce.

So, now you know how easy it is to make a delicious chicken Tika Masala.

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