September 20, 2011

Chicken Tikka Masala and a Playdate

chicken tikka masala
(photo courtesy of: Nicole)

I recently had a playdate for Little A with Little N, a friend and colleague's daughter who's two. Actually, let me correct that. It was a get together, cooking session and a playdate for the mammas :) We got together at Nicole's house early sans kids, popped open a wine bottle and cooked some chicken tikka masala, rice, salad and cookies before the kids came over. I didn't put any chilli powder as the little ones were going to be eating. They were served the chicken tikka masala and rice. Little A stared at it for a few minutes and then ate his apples. Little N on the other hand, ate a few helpings of it and declared "I love Indian food." What can I say? You're got to try this now. :)

I have been cooking this chicken tikka masala for a few months now and it I think it's finally ready to be shared. It doesn't have the cream and I stir in some yogurt as and when the mood strikes me. And thanks to Nicole, I have lovely pictures of the process too!

We have plans for the next play date and a ravioli making session. Stay tuned!

1 four lbs chicken chopped

To marinate: ( I marinated the chicken for a couple of hours)
2/3 cup yogurt
1 tbspoon paprika
1 tspoon garam masala
1 tbspoon olive oil
1/4 tspoon fresh ground pepper
salt to taste

For curry:
1 big onion
2-3 tbspoons tomato paste
2 tspoons ginger garlic paste (I do a big batch and keep it for the week)
1 tspoon cumin seeds
2 green chillies (don't slit it)
3-4 cardamoms
1 stick cinnamon
2-3 cloves
2 bay leaves
1 tspoon turmeric powder
1 tspoon cumin seed powder
1 tspoon coriander seed powder
1/2 tspoon garam masala powder
2 tbspoon oil
salt to taste

Set the over to broil. Put the chicken on a cookie sheet with foil, put some olive oil on top and cook for 11-12 minutes. Then turn the chickens and cook the other side for 4-5 minutes. Set it aside.

chicken tikka masala
(photo courtesy of: Nicole)

Heat some oil in a pan, and temper it with some cumin seeds, green chillies. Quickly add the bay leaves, cardamoms, cinnamon and cloves. Then add in the ginger garlic paste. Stir it for a minute.

chicken tikka masala
(photo courtesy of: Nicole)

Then add in the chopped onion and let it saute on low medium heat for 3-4 minute with stirring every minute or so till the onions are soft and translucent. Then add in the tomato paste. Cook for another minute.

chicken tikka masala
(photo courtesy of: Nicole)

Then add the turmeric, cumin seed powder, coriander powder, and garam masala and let it cook and mix well together. Put the chicken in (with all the juice and all) in the pan and stir it all well together. Add about a cup and half of water, salt and let it cook on low heat for 10-15 minutes.

chicken tikka masala
(photo courtesy of: Nicole)
Add about 2 tbspoon of nicely whisked yogurt if you want it creamier. Garnish with chopped cilantro (optional) and serve hot with rice and naan.


  1. lovely colour to the tikka masala! looks like the mommies enjoyed more than the kids on the play date :)

  2. Thats a droolworthy chicken tikka masala..

  3. Ha ha I love little N's remark so so sweet. Well if i had this chicken tikka masala i would say the same too :-)

  4. Oh does that look amazing. Now I just need you to come to my house and make it ;)

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  6. Mandira

    That must have been a fun day. LS would definitely have the chicken, she loves chickun.
    A is such a good boy to eat all his apples :)

  7. Mandira,
    Chicken tikka Masala dekhte besh darun hoyeche..I am glad you both had a nice time ...hugs and smiles

  8. yummm...looks super tempting..
    love your presentation Mandira..:)
    you are welcome in my space too..
    Tasty Appetite

  9. Ummm this looks so yum,,.:)

  10. Thanks everyone. It was a wonderful evening. If only I could have had Little A take a bite of his actual food. :)

  11. Looks yum yum .. Very tempting n perfect for kids..
    First time here, you have a lovely space:-))
    Do drop by my space
    Erivum Puliyum

  12. Made this the other day. Perfect spice combination, though I think I used the wrong kind of chilis because it had not even the teensiest bit of heat, and I like just a little. Since there are only two of us, there were leftovers for the next day, and the flavors were even better on Day 2. Thanks, Mandira!


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