Tika masala chicken

To live in Dubai and not to taste or love Indian food is simply impossible. Recently I visited one culinary show by Chef Atul Kochhar and there was a huge discussion about the origin of the popular Indian dishes. All of us were surprised to discover that it is really hard to define and point authentic Indian dishes. Tika Masala is definitely not born at India, but UK. However this dish won its name as one of the most delicious among the Indian cuisine. I hope you will enjoy the recipe below.


– 700-800 g boneless chicken breasts

– 3 table spoons canola oil (I prefer to cook such dishes with canola oil as it is really healthy and you can buy it from every supermarket in Dubai)

– 1 large white onion

– 4 gloves of garlic

– half root of ginger minced (about 3 inches)

– 1 regular size can of tomato puree

– 2 tablespoons ground turmeric

– 2 tablespoons ground cumin

– 2 tablespoons garam masala

– 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

– 1 cup of yogurt

– salt to season

– white steam rice for garnish

Place a large pot over medium heat and saute the onions in oil until caramelized. Add garlic and ginger and cook for about one more minute. Add tomato puree, turmeric, cumin, garam masala, and cayenne pepper and stir to combine. Taste and salt if needed. Cook until mixture is hot and bubbling.
Add chicken and cook over low-medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes stirring occasionally until chicken is cooked through. Stir in yogurt – mixture will turn to vibrant orange. Serve over rice. (Basmati rice works very well with it)

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