Chicken Tikka Masala

Written by Mullai

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  1. kaviarun

    Hi mullai, Yesterday i bought patak’s tikka masala. I’ve doubt is about, that paste contains tamarind and paprica(mild).I bought it correct or not? Cooking chicken in tamarind? Pls. clear my doubts.

  2. Manju Prakash

    Hi Mullai,

    I joined this site only today, but I have been reading your recipes for quite some time. My husband and I are a great fan of your recipes. I really appreciate the way you post recipes to the finest details and with accuracy. We have tried most of your Chettinad recipes and everything came out just wonderful!

    Regarding this tikka masala, I have two doubts. Is it enough to use tandoori chicken masala instead of the tikka masala? And how long do we have to marinate the chicken? Your quick response is highly appreciated as i thought of making this today!!! 🙂

    1. Mullai


      I've never tried with Tandoori masala, but guess its OK to use, as most of the ingredients are same. Actually there are 2 types under tandoori masala… one being the paste and the other is in powdered form. If you have the powder then include ginger garlic paste for the marinade. The more you marinate the more effective its going to be tastewise. If you need to finish soon then set aside for 30 minutes or even proceed without marination, not a big issue. Thanks for joining SpiceIndia family and hope you would share and learn a lot.

  3. Naveen Kumar Panday

    Hello Mulli
    Can u tell me plz how can we make spices of maggie Noodles. We want to use that spices in other dishes.


    1. Mullai


      First of all, I've understood only one part of your question. Are you asking for the spice mix recipe??? If yes, then I'm sorry, don't have any at the moment and sure would explore it sometime.

    1. Mullai

      Hi Latha,

      I bought them from a local Dollar chain, its also available at Linens 'N Things, Big grocery supermarkets. Check the grilling asile in supermarkets. Its available at Amazon 100 counts for $1.50, but there's shipping charge. My suggestion would be to check local dollar and Oriental stores.

  4. kaviarun

    Hi mullai,
    i live in Houston.Almost i tried in all indian grocers ,but i couldn’t get maggi tikka masala.i’m eagerly want to do chichen tikka masala.can u suggest any other tikka masala .please.bye

  5. Visitor

    hi mullai, How many days can we store home made tikka masala? if i make home made tikka masala how much quantity can i use for 1 lb chicken?

    1. Mullai

      Hi there,

      Pls register and login to post your questions. If you are using store bought masala, which after opening can be refridgerated upto to expiry date. I am not sure how strong is your home made masala….. I meant the spice level. Try a small quantity say about 2 tsp… if this is too light add a couple of teaspoons.

  6. Anonymous

    hi mullai, home made tikka masala ni mothem kalipi marinade cheyala ledha paina recipe lo cheppinattu 2tsp tesukoni marinade cheyala

  7. kaberi

    hey mullai..i planned to prepare the chicken tikka masala.but unfortunately didnt find the tikka masala can you give the ingredients of that paste?

    1. Mullai

      Hi Kaberi, store bought tikka masala tastes good and matches the one served at restaurants. Since its hard to find this brand, lets move on to the home made masala. Here is the recipe

      2  Big onions, 2 green chillies, 1 tsp chopped ginger, 3 garlic cloves, 2 tbsp Coriander seeds, 1 tbsp cumin seeds,  6 stalks of fresh coriander leaves, 1 tsp red chilli powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder,  2 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp garam masala powder, 4 pinch orange red food color, oil 3 tbsp.

      Heat oil in a pan and fry onions till they turn dark brown, then saute the green chillies, ginger and garlic with them for another couple of minutes. Add turmeric and red chilli powder and fry for some more time. This mixture should look dark brown in color when you switch off. Let cool completely and grind this with the rest of the ingredients to form a thick paste. Use this paste as the marinade and follow the rest of the recipe.

      Try and let me know how it turned out.



      1. kaberi

        hey mullai,yes'day i found out the maggie tikka masala in thanks for the alternate method too.i will try the both ways and let you know thanks again.

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