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Tikka Masala




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1 cup (240g) full-fat yogurt

2 teaspoons (6g) kosher salt

1.25 tablespoons (11g) garam masala

1 teaspoon (3g) paprika

5 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 inch (5cm) knob of fresh ginger, grated

2 lbs (907g) boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1” pieces

3 tablespoons (24g) vegetable oil

1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced

2-inch (5cm) knob ginger, grated, thinly sliced

3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1 teaspoon (3g) paprika

1 teaspoon (3g) cayenne powder

1 tablespoon (9g) garam masala

1 tablespoon (24g) unsalted butter

2 teaspoons (9g) sugar

15 oz (425g) can of crushed tomatoes

1 cup (237ml) heavy cream

1/3 cup (5g) fresh cilantro leaves

salt to taste



1. In a medium-sized bowl, add yogurt, salt, garam masala, paprika, garlic, and ginger; whisk to combine. Next, add chicken to your bowl, toss to coat thoroughly, and marinate for 10 minutes or overnight in the fridge.


1. Set a 10-inch pan over medium-high heat, and add enough vegetable oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Once hot and nearly smoking, add all your chicken in batches and sear for 2 - 3 minutes per side until nicely browned on all edges.

2. Remove chicken, add additional oil if needed, and lower the heat to medium. Add onion, ginger, and garlic. Season lightly with salt, and saute for 3 - 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened. Next, add paprika, cayenne, garam masala, and sugar; saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

3. Add crushed tomatoes, stir and reduce for 5 minutes. Optionally, pour into a blender and blend on high speed until as smooth as possible. Place back in the pot, reduce the heat to low, add all your chicken, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked and the sauce is reduced.

4. Stir in heavy cream and reduce for 7 - 8 more minutes or until the sauce is thick and velvety—adjust salt levels if necessary. Serve immediately with steamed white rice. Optionally garnish with cilantro.


Can add a little bit of ground cumin if you have it




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