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Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

How to make the ever so popular Chicken Tikka Masala at home!
Course Main
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Author Manuela Zangara


  • 500 gms 1.1 lbs. chicken tikka
  • ½ onion cut in thick pieces
  • ½ green capsicum cut in 2.5 cm (1 inch) pieces
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 3 green cardamoms
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 3 cloves
  • 2.5 cm – 1 inch piece of cinnamon stick
  • 2 big onions finely chopped
  • 500 ml – 2 cups tomato purée passata
  • 2 tbsp ground cashew nuts
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 ½ tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp or more chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander leaves
  • Salt to taste


  1. Put the vegetable oil in a big pot and heat it up. Add the bay leaf, cumin seeds, green cardamoms, black cardamom, cloves and cinnamon and fry them for a minute. Add the chopped onions and sauté until golden brown. Now add the ginger and garlic pastes and cook them for a couple of minutes. Add the tomato purée (passata), stir and cook it for a couple of minutes.
  2. Now add the coriander powder, chilli powder and turmeric. Stir in the ground cashew nuts and salt to taste. Cook this masala until the oil separates from it. Add the chicken tikka and 250 ml – 1 cup of water and let it cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Now add the onion and capsicum and cook for another 5 minutes. At this point, add the cream, melted butter, garam masala, lemon juice and coriander leaves. Cover it and let it simmer for a few minutes on a medium flame until the sauce thickens.
  4. Serve hot with some simple basmati rice or my Kashmiri pulao, garlic naan or simple naan!