FOOD

Chicken Tikka Massala

Ben and Mike make a crowd-pleasing tikka masala and an amazing homemade aubergine raita to go along with it.

FOOD

Chicken Tikka Massala

Ben and Mike make a crowd-pleasing tikka masala and an amazing homemade aubergine raita to go along with it.

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 chunk ginger
  • 1 fresh red chilli, deseeded
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 squeeze tomato purée
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 onions
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 400 grams tinned tomatoes
  • 100 milliliters chicken stock
  • 200 milliliters double cream
  • 1 handful fresh coriander
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 glug oil
  • 1 aubergine
  • 1 pinch chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 4 curry leaves
  • 1 mug natural yogurt
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 1 bag rice to serve
  • 1 bag naan to serve

Steps

  1. Cut the chicken breasts into bite sized cubes.
  2. Peel and finely chop (or blend) the garlic, ginger and chilli. Add the garam masala, ground coriander, paprika, tomato purée and any stalks from the fresh coriander. Blend or pummel into a paste. Marinate the chicken in the paste for at least an hour or ideally overnight.
  3. Slice the peeled onions. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a saucepan and add the onions and the remaining spices. Fry until the onions are soft.
  4. Add the tinned tomatoes, stock and cream, then season with salt. Simmer the curry for 10 minutes, then add the chicken pieces with the paste. Cook gently for another 20 minutes, until the chicken is cooked and the sauce has reduced slightly.
  5. Chop the aubergine into a small dice and fry in a splash of oil for 5 minutes to soften, then drain on kitchen paper. Warm up more oil in the same pan to gently toast the chilli flakes, mustard seeds and curry leaves. Stir into the yoghurt
  6. Roughly chop the fresh coriander and add to the curry along with a squeeze of lemon juice. Serve with a lemon wedge.