Chicken Tikka Masala


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Single Kit - 1 single Tikka Masala Spice kit with 1 recipe in a bag.

Mega Kit - The same ingredients as a single Tikka Masala Kit but with 6 bags of spice and 1 recipe in a bag.

This chicken tikka masala is simple to prepare and is a tasty twist on the British classic with a creamy, mildly spicy taste. The chicken should be marinated for at least 4 hours and the dish will serve up to 4 people.

Chicken tikka masala is chicken tikka, chunks of chicken marinated in spices and yogurt, that is then baked in a tandoor oven, and served in a masala (spice mix) sauce. A tomato and coriander sauce is common, but there is no standard recipe for chicken tikka masala; a survey found that of 48 different recipes, the only common ingredient was chicken. The sauce usually includes tomatoes (frequently as purée), cream, coconut cream and various spices. The sauce or chicken pieces (or both) are coloured orange with food dyes or using foodstuffs such as turmeric powder, paprika powder or tomato purée. Other tikka masala dishes replace chicken with lamb, fish or paneer.

The origin of chicken tikka masala is not clear. It is claimed that chicken tikka masala originated in an Indian restaurant in the UK, coming from the British Bangladeshi community which run most Indian restaurants in the UK.

It is claimed that chef, Ali Ahmed Aslam, proprietor of the Shish Mahal restaurant in the west end of Glasgow, invented chicken tikka masala by improvising a sauce made from yogurt, cream and spices. His son Asif Ali told the story of its 1971 invention to the BBC’s Hairy Bikers TV cookery programme.

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