Chicken tikka masala (CTM) is a mild Indian curry dish of bite-sized chicken chunks (tikka) marinated and cooked in a tandoor oven, then added to a spicy sauce (masala). This is one dish I must order whenever I dine in an Indian restaurant. It has such a perfect blend of spices and flavour that goes well with either naans or rice.
After reading more about this dish, I was quite surprised to learn that it was not exactly an authentic Indian cuisine. Both the Indians and the Brits lay claims on it. But, till now, its origin is still in dispute. More detailed explanations can be read at these links: The Sun and Menu Magazine.
Regardless of its origin, CTM has become so popular in the UK that the former Foreign Secretary Robin Cook proclaimed CTM as “British’s true national dish” in 2001. Now, it is served in restaurants all over the world.
Being a noob in Indian cooking, I didn’t have the guts to make CTM even though I had bookmarked the recipe for almost a year. Am I a coward? Well, maybe. Last month, I picked up the courage and did it!! Not once but several times! Proud and satisfied.
To start, I marinated the chicken chunks overnight. On the next day, I cooked them and made the sauce. Easy and fun, I must say. I followed largely the recipe from Annabel Karmel’s “Kids Can Cook” cookbook. Along the way, I had also modified certain steps and improvised some ingredients. This recipe is kid-friendly and not spicy at all. Though the ingredients seem a lot, they are readily available in the supermarket. They lend a distinctive flavour to the dish and also make my kitchen smell so fragrant and aromatic during cooking! This recipe will give you plenty of sauce. So, feel free to add some greens such as cauliflower, eggplants and lady fingers to make it more nutritious, and served with rice, chappati or naan to complete the meal.
I don’t know how much my CTM version would fare against those served in Indian restaurants. But, it really made my day seeing how my hubby and son polished up the leftover sauce. If you have never tried CTM or Indian food before, this dish is probably a great introduction to the world of spices.
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