Chicken Tikka Masala | Basics with Babish

  • Published: 28 March 2019
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    One of my favorite curries is the beloved chicken tikka masala. You can make this dish at home by making your own curry powder and tikka masala sauce.

    Shopping List:
    + For the curry powder:
    1 stick cinnamon
    1 whole nutmeg
    2 dried bay leaves
    1 Tbsp whole cloves
    2 Tbsp cumin seeds
    3 Tbsp coriander seeds
    1 Tbsp cardamom
    1 tsp red pepper flakes

    + For the chicken tikka masala marinade:
    1 cup full fat yogurt
    2 inches ginger, grated
    2 garlic cloves, grated
    1 Tbsp of the homemade curry powder (above)
    Kosher salt
    Freshly ground pepper
    Drizzle of olive oil
    3 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts (cut into 1-inch cubes)

    + For the tikka masala sauce
    2 inches ginger, grated
    1/2 small yellow onion, finely minced
    2 cloves garlic, grated
    1 small bird's eye chili, finely minced
    2 Tbsp vegetable oil
    1 Tbsp tomato paste
    1 heaping Tbsp homemade curry powder (above)
    1 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
    Pinch of white sugar
    3/4 cup heavy cream

    Optional: serve with long grain basmati rice and cilantro garnish

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    Spice grinder or coffee grinder

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  • Binging with Babish
    Binging with Babish   8 months back

    What’s your least favorite thing about cilantro: its flavor, its known toxicity, or its role in the subprime mortgage crisis?

    • Jessica in the Kitchen
      Jessica in the Kitchen  7 days back

      😂😂😂 all the above

    • Kawaii Kitten
      Kawaii Kitten  2 weeks back

      Binging with Babish Cilantro is demon spawn

    • Matwok
      Matwok  2 weeks back

      My least favourite about coriander is that people don't like it. I love it and fortunately most of my (remaining) friends also love it :)

    • staytunedfor
      staytunedfor  4 weeks back

      @Sam Swomley Thank you ... "Do you want white cilantro rice or tomato cilantro rice?" No, I want a real choice.

    • staytunedfor
      staytunedfor  4 weeks back

      Baby cilantro? Then I am pro-infanticide.

      The least favorite thing is when you don't expect it in something and then it shows up so finely chopped that there is no picking it out without tweezers.

  • mochtesh
    mochtesh  13 hours back

    Waiting for that Mango Lassie video. I used to make it all the time in Germany but can't seem to find the right ingredients here in the States.

    • Mr Ricky
      Mr Ricky  1 days back

      Great Scottish Dish 💙. Was invented in Glasgow when the customer asked for some gravy with his dry chicken. And the Chef made what was on hand.

      • Dave Kent
        Dave Kent  1 days back

        1:00 MRE Steve detected

        • Nostalgia For Infinity

          2:25 That ginger looks like a penis. And watching it being grated is not a pleasant sight.

          • magzire
            magzire  2 days back

            I actually hate ginger

            • norkami L
              norkami L  3 days back

              Can cream be used as a substitute for yogurt?

              • Jeffrey Wilson
                Jeffrey Wilson  3 days back

                Was great! I live pretty rural, so much so that the three people I talked with about curry, and myself, thought it came from a ground up curry plant previously. Thank you for expanding horizons.

                • Rajeswari Ghosh
                  Rajeswari Ghosh  3 days back

                  Every time i hear the word Curry powder i roll my eyes🙄

                  • chirag Sethi
                    chirag Sethi  4 days back

                    Only when I shifted to UK and saw frozen food being sold so much I started respecting the effort and techniques put into Indian food and I started respecting that.

                    • Nostalgia For Infinity
                      Nostalgia For Infinity  2 days back

                      Yeah, it's a good thing refrigeration of produce hasn't caught on in India. Everything still comes from local farms and markets (for the most part). And nobody stores their food for more than a couple of days, even in restaurants. Looking at all the frozen food that Gordon Ramsay deals with in Kitchen Nightmares makes me want to throw up.

                  • Faisal Reza
                    Faisal Reza  4 days back

                    Mustard oil instead of olive oil brings out more flavor....

                    • SaltySeaBee
                      SaltySeaBee  4 days back

                      "thats how you get d e a d"

                      • Vivian Starling
                        Vivian Starling  5 days back

                        “And there you have it, your Tikka chicken masala.”
                        Rip the people who thought that that’s actually Tikka Chicken Masala. 😭

                        • Violetta Singh
                          Violetta Singh  5 days back

                          UK national dish? UK NATIONAL DISH?

                          • Kukku Atts
                            Kukku Atts  6 days back

                            England dictated over us for 250 years... Now we've infiltrated every place, every field in their country

                            • MTrX SKuLLs
                              MTrX SKuLLs  7 days back

                              Where's the Kashmiri chilli

                              • Euan Thompson
                                Euan Thompson  7 days back

                                It isn't real. Make Butter Chicken!

                                • Dan Z
                                  Dan Z  7 days back

                                  HOW CAN YOU BE A CHEF AND NOT LIKE CILANTRO? That's like an artist who is colorblind. Okay im done complaining. Thank you BWB for gracing us with your savory wisdom. You are forever loved in our stomachs.

                                  • Barca Fan Club
                                    Barca Fan Club  7 days back

                                    The English stole everything from India....didn't even leave the chicken tikka.

                                    • Jamil Rahman
                                      Jamil Rahman  1 weeks back

                                      British national dish 😂😂😂😂 love it

                                      • Mark Strouthes
                                        Mark Strouthes  1 weeks back

                                        That was grate.

                                        • SamBlue
                                          SamBlue  1 weeks back

                                          Good effort, but too much work. I’d do it if I knew I could eat this frequently.

                                          • Daniel Tíjaro
                                            Daniel Tíjaro  1 weeks back

                                            What's the difference between cilantro and parsley? Are they the same? Because I'm from Colombia and I know for sure that cilantro means parsley for me. I'm confused

                                            • Ishaan Sharma
                                              Ishaan Sharma  1 weeks back

                                              anyone noticed the dick shaped ginger

                                              • VerdeTraks
                                                VerdeTraks  1 weeks back

                                                Don't be afraid to put that thigh meat in Babish! Homemade spice mixes are the best though.

                                                • lady bird
                                                  lady bird  1 weeks back

                                                  That was awesome!!
                                                  And I could help with an amazing samosa recipe

                                                  • TheRealDPD
                                                    TheRealDPD  1 weeks back

                                                    Am I the only one who thinks that the Ginger looked like a Penis?

                                                    • Tremis77
                                                      Tremis77  1 weeks back

                                                      Those are European Sweet Laurel bay leaves. Indian recipes use Teja Patta bay leaves from what I can tell. They taste completely different.

                                                      • Motia Mangi
                                                        Motia Mangi  2 weeks back

                                                        Tikkaa always go well with paratha. This is the most popular dish after biryani.

                                                        • The Swarm
                                                          The Swarm  2 weeks back

                                                          I'm starting to smell like tech support. Someone help me.

                                                          • Sweet Sweety
                                                            Sweet Sweety  2 weeks back

                                                            Sir, you talk and illustrate with no punctuation!😥

                                                            • meincke5
                                                              meincke5  2 weeks back

                                                              2:19 ginger penis....

                                                              • Travel The World
                                                                Travel The World  2 weeks back

                                                                You have to add a little more oil to cook the dry ingredients. But it looks great!

                                                                • Deserve Not Desire
                                                                  Deserve Not Desire  2 weeks back

                                                                  The korma would be appreciated tho lol.

                                                                  • Sonia
                                                                    Sonia  2 weeks back

                                                                    You should do biryani next on your indian food kick!

                                                                    • youreanonshareer
                                                                      youreanonshareer  2 weeks back

                                                                      No ghee??

                                                                      • Yatharth Verma
                                                                        Yatharth Verma  2 weeks back

                                                                        Chicken Tikka Masala isn't a indian dish UK has ruined a lot of the food from the subcontinent

                                                                        • Floki Arms
                                                                          Floki Arms  3 weeks back

                                                                          If anyone ever wants to make chicken tikka masala in a hurry, I know Fred Meyers and Safeway (at least in the U.S) sell premade gravy/sauces. I've used them a few times, they're not bad. Not as good as making it from scratch but still good.

                                                                          • Shafiya Nawzer
                                                                            Shafiya Nawzer  3 weeks back

                                                                            Let’s be real! That’s not tikka masala 😭🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ You should check a local recipe and do justice

                                                                            • Barika Eleganc
                                                                              Barika Eleganc  3 weeks back

                                                                              Try making butter chicken I highly recommend as I'm from India

                                                                              • Major Noob
                                                                                Major Noob  3 weeks back

                                                                                No. This is not tikka masala.. . Baking it broiler.. You don't do shit.. If you gonna do something do it the Indian way. And where the fuck is ghee and butter. .. .

                                                                                • Rachel Dsouza
                                                                                  Rachel Dsouza  3 weeks back

                                                                                  I love the intro music

                                                                                  • matthew francis
                                                                                    matthew francis  3 weeks back

                                                                                    Curry powder without curry leaves???

                                                                                    • Christian Baer
                                                                                      Christian Baer  3 weeks back

                                                                                      Why don’t you prefer chicken breast? What’s the better option?

                                                                                    • Daniel
                                                                                      Daniel  3 weeks back

                                                                                      Calling this basic just shows how extra you are.

                                                                                      • MJTRadio
                                                                                        MJTRadio  3 weeks back

                                                                                        Anybody else watch Titli's Busy Kitchen back in the day? Curry recipes always make me remember...

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                                                                                          -  3 weeks back

                                                                                          Rakesh would be proud.

                                                                                          • Dilshad Najeeb
                                                                                            Dilshad Najeeb  3 weeks back

                                                                                            Chicken tikka is a way of barbecuing chicken... Chicken tikka masala is made with that barbecued chicken pieces.... Just so you know...