Quick and Easy Homemade Tikka Masala
The Assistant loves tikka masala. Loves it. Last night, when he realized that I was cooking Indian, he literally jumped up and down in the kitchen like a crazy person.
Honestly, how can I say no to that?
You can make the recipe with chicken, paneer or vegetables. I usually use a combination of chicken and cauliflower and serve it with rice or homemade naan. Yes, it’s more work to have homemade naan, but it’s just so good.
A caveat to the recipe: tikka masala is typically made with heavy cream. As I’m lactose intolerant, I rarely have heavy cream on hand. Over the years, through careful substitution, I’ve learned that I can replace it with whole milk yogurt. The yogurt is easily digestible for people like me, and more likely to be found in my fridge. Yes, it’s a little less rich than the heavy cream version, but the family doesn’t complain.
There are two recipes here. The first is the spice recipe. You can make a big batch and have it ready to go whenever you need a quick meal. The second is the tikka masala itself.
Tikka Masala Spices
|Prep time||10 minutes|
- 4 tablespoons corander (ground)
- 4 tablespoons cumin (ground)
- 4 tablespoons garlic powder
- 4 tablespoons paprika
- 3 tablespoons garam masala
- 2 tablespoons ginger (ground)
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
|Mix all ingredients together. Store in an airtight container.|
|Prep time||5 minutes|
|Cook time||30 minutes|
|Total time||35 minutes|
|Meal type||Main Dish|
|Misc||Child Friendly, Serve Cold|
- 2 tablespoons butter or ghee
- 2 tablespoons tikka masala spices
- .5 onion (thinly sliced)
- 1 can tomato paste
- 1 cup water
- .5 cup heavy cream or plain yogurt
|In a large, lidded skillet, melt butter or ghee. Saute onions until soft and golden.|
|Add tikka masala spices to buttery onions. Stir to combine. Add tomato paste. Stir to combine.|
|If using chicken, push the onions to the side of the pan and brown the chicken pieces on all sides. If using paneer or vegetables, skip to step 4.|
|Add water. Cover and allow the meat and vegetables to cook through.|
|Approximately two minutes before serving, add cream or yogurt. Stir to combine.|