Entrees - Phase 1 - Chicken Tikka Masala (Indian Curry)

09-27-2007, 07:40 AM
Right so I fell in love with this curry and hope you do too!

3 chicken breasts
4 Tbsp olive or groundnut oil
5 cardamom pods
a 5cm cinnamon stick
1 ½ onions
2 tsp fresh ginger, minced
2 tsp garlic, minced
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
¼ tsp turmeric powder
½ to 1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp paprika
1 tsp garam masala powder
1 large tomato
1 tsp tomato purée
150 ml water
Salt to taste
Yoghurt or 1 tin coconut milk, if desired
Fresh coriander to garnish
1 sharp knife
1 chopping board
1 plate or tray
1 mixing bowl
1 large wide pan
2 wooden or regular spoons
1 bowl for mixing the spices

Step 1: Prepare the ingredients
First of all, chop up the tomato finely and set aside for later use. Next, finely chop the onions and set aside. Finally, cube the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces, season with a little salt and also put to one side.

Step 2: Make the masala paste
Mix together in a bowl the ginger, garlic, cumin, coriander, turmeric, cayenne, garam masala and paprika.

Step 3: Flavour the oil and fry the onions
Put the oil into a pan over a medium heat. When hot, add the cardamom pods and cinnamon stick, leave for a few seconds and then remove. This flavours the oil, giving it a wonderful aroma. Add the onions and cook while stirring, until brown.

Step 4: Add the spices
Add the masala paste and stir for a minute.

Step 5: Add the remaining ingredients
Add the tomato and tomato purée and stir for a minute till thoroughly combined.
Pour in the water and bring to a gentle simmer, stirring constantly.
Taste the sauce and season with salt if necessary.

Step 6: Cook the chicken
Add the chicken cubes and mix well into the masala. Simmer for 10-12 minutes, stirring every few minutes, until the chicken is cooked and tender. Check this by piercing the chicken with a sharp knife - if it goes straight through and comes out clean, it is done. For a weaker curry flavour, add either 1 small tin of coconut milk or 1 medium sized carton of yoghurt. Mix well and simmer for another 5 minutes.

Once you get into phase 2 you can have this over brown rice or with a wholemeal pita!

10-01-2007, 09:50 AM
Sounds fantastic, Jenny! :T

Could you tell us how many servings this makes?

10-01-2007, 04:24 PM
This recipe makes 4 servings. Be careful with the ginger as it can be quite strong. If you are not a ginger lover reduce it to your liking. Good Luck!

04-01-2008, 05:24 PM
Thanks! I love curry! :devil:

02-11-2009, 03:26 PM