A good curry can hit the spot if you have been having some dinners or lunches that don’t have a lot of spice in them. Tikka masala is sure to wake up your taste buds with its medley of spices and oh so delicious garam masala. It is also easy to make and tastes amazing when mixed with basmati rice or a naan bread. Here’s what you need to make this Indian staple.
1 Cup of Basmati Rice
1 ½ Tablespoons of Canola Oil
1 ½ Pounds of Boneless Chicken Thighs
A dash of Salt and Pepper
½ Medium Onion
3 Tablespoons of Tomato Paste
3 Cloves of Garlic
1 Tablespoon of Grated Ginger
1 ½ Teaspoons of Garam Masala
1 ½ Teaspoons of Chili Powder
1 ½ Teaspoon of Ground Tumeric
1 Can of Tomato Sauce
1 Cup of Chicken Stock
½ Cup of Heavy Cream
2 Tablespoons of Cilantro Leaves, Chopped
First, make the rice in a medium-sized saucepan. Rice is always made at 2:1 ratio which means the one cup of basmati rice will need to be mixed with two cups of water. With the saucepan uncovered bring the mixture to a boil, then bring it down to a simmer, cover with a lid and put the timer on for 20 minutes.
Second, begin preparing the tikka masala. Select a large pot and pour the canola oil into the bottom of the pot over medium heat. As it is heating cut the chicken thighs into 1-inch cubes and sprinkle some salt and pepper over them. Now place them in the pot and the sliced onion and cook them together until they are golden brown on each side. This should take about five minutes.
Third, add the tomato paste, garam masala, ginger, chili powder, and turmeric into the pot and stir everything for about a minute until it has formed a paste that gives off a lovely spicy aroma. Then, add a can of tomato sauce and chicken stock, some more salt, and pepper and let everything boil together for about ten minutes. It should begin to thicken. At this point stir the cream into the mixture to create the creamy reddish-orange sauce that tikka masala is known for. You should let it all simmer together for about three minutes.
Then it is ready to serve alongside the rice with some fresh cilantro sprinkled on top. You may want to heat up some naan to dip into it as a nice addition.