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Chicken TIkka Masala
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Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala : Chunks of roasted marinated chicken are added into a creamy spiced curry.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Chicken, Non-Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Marination 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 People
Calories 312kcal
Author Muktha H S


For Marination

  • 2 tablespoon Yoghurt
  • 11/2 teaspoon Ginger Paste
  • 3 teaspoon Garlic Paste
  • 1 tablespoon Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Black Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Carom seeds/ Ajwain
  • ½ tablespoon Gram flour / Besan
  • ½ teaspoon Crushed Red Chilli Flakes
  • ¾ teaspoon Salt or as required
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard Oil or any cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 500 grams Boneless Chicken

For Gravy

  • 3 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 no Capsicum Large , cut into cubes
  • 1 no Tomato Large ,cut into cubes
  • 1 no Onion Large , cut into cubes
  • 2-3 no's Green Chillies
  • 2 no's Onions , finely Chopped
  • 3 no's Tomatoes , pureed to 1 cup
  • 11/2 inch Ginger crushed to paste
  • 10 no's Garlic cloves , paste
  • 10-15 no's Whole Cashews , paste
  • teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin Seeds ,optional
  • ¼ teaspoon Cardamom Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kasoori Methi /Dried Fenugreek Leaves
  • ¾ teaspoon Salt or as required
  • 2 tablespoon Fresh Cream
  • 1 tablespoon Honey or ½ teaspoon Sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Fresh Coriander leaves to garnish
  • ½-3/4 Cup Water or as required to adjust the consistency



  • Rinse and wash chicken cubes under running water and set aside for extra water to drip down.
  • Place all the ingredients for marination in a bowl and mix well everything.
  • Add cleaned chicken pieces into the marination , rub masala into chicken chunks. Close lid and allow marination to sit in refrigerator for minimum 90 minutes. 
  • Soak 15 whole cashews in warm water for 20 minutes.Blend cashews into fine paste and set aside.
  • Soak 15 whole cashews in warm water for 20 minutes.Blend cashews into fine paste and set aside.
  • DeSeed 1 large Tomato and cut into cubes. You can use this pulp seeds while making Tomato Puree . 
  • Cut onions and Capsicum too into equal size cubes and keep it aside. 
  • Make ginger garlic paste from 10 cloves of garlic and 1 ½ inch ginger piece and keep it ready.
  • Finely chop 2 onions and set aside. 
  • Blend 3 large tomatoes to get 1 cup tomato puree and set aside. 

Making Gravy

  • In a flat pan , heat 1 teaspoon Mustard oil and add Chicken Pieces . Cook on a high heat for first 5 minutes , reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook. Alternatively , cook chicken in preheated convection oven at 200 deg celsius for 18-20 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes , Check the chicken that is being cooked on pan /oven , turn the chicken pieces to other side and let it cook on other side too.
  • Whilst , heat 3 tablespoon of oil and add cubed onions. Once it turns translucent , add capsicum.
  • Add cubed Tomatoes and also add 2-3 green chillies and saute on high heat , till cooked. 
  • Remove sauteed veggies on an absorbent paper towel and keep it aside.
  • In the same pan, add 1 teaspoon of jeera seeds and allow it to crackle. Add chopped onions and saute well till it looks transparent.
  • Now add ginger garlic paste and fry well , till the raw smell goes off.
  • Add tomato puree and mix well . Also add turmeric powder ,red chilli powder and coriander powder and saute for a minute.
  • Let tomato puree blends with spices and continue to cook
  • When oil starts releasing from corners , add in ½ cup of water , salt and mix well.
  • Add cashew paste and mix well ,bring it to boil.
  • Now keep the masala in simmer , add 2 tablespoon of fresh cream , give a quick stir .
  • Add cardamom powder and kasuri methi to the masala and mix well everything.
  • Now add in cooked chicken cubes and mix well.
  • Finally finish the dish by adding in sauteed veggies ,mix well and garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.
  • Serve Chicken Tikka Masala with Jeera rice  accompanied with lemon wedges and onion rings.


  • Can replace cashews with  ¼ Cup of grated Mawa/ Khoya for a richer taste.
  • It's a thick gravy , ¾ cup water is sufficient . But you can add up to 1 cup to adjust the consistency.


Calories: 312kcal