Chicken Tikka is one of the most famous preparation in India, but when it is cooked in gravy it’s flavours popups out more mesmerizingly rather consumed raw.
In this blog you experience a journey though the amazing flavours that work behind making the perfect Chicken Tikka Masala.
What’s in The Blog
- History of Origin of Chicken Tikka Masala
- Method of Preparation
- Nutritional Value
- Crazy Facts About Chicken Tikka Masala
|Place of Origin
|Indian Subcontinent or the
United Kingdom (in
|Year of Origin
|1960s or 1970s
|Fish Tikka Masala, Lamb Tikka
Masala, Panner (Cottage
Cheese) Tikka Masala
|Dish with Chicken Tikka Masala
|Rice or Naan
1. History of Origin of Chicken Tikka Masala
There are lots of controversies on the point of Origin of the dish,
Some of the people claim that It was made by South-Asian Community in Britain,
On the other hand, some people claim it was made in Indian Subcontinent.
Many food experts, critics and publish different theories about the origin and creation of the delicacy let have to look on few of it.
The Multicultural Handbook Of Food Nutrition And Dietetics
Gives the honour for creation of the dish to Bangladeshi Migrant Chef in 1960s after the migration from East Pakistan now Bangladesh
The chef created many variations of authentic Indian dishes in an inauthentic manner by this way the chef also served Chicken Tikka.
Ethnic Food Historians Peter and Collen Grove have there prospective that the dish has an origin in Britain by Bangladeshi Chef.
Food Critic Rahul Verma publishes in Hindu that he tasted the dish first in 1971 and its Origin is in Punjab the dish was not very old it must be only 40-50 years back
He also suggests that it might be accidentally discovered and have improvements from time by time.
There is another evidence of Origination of the dish in a Cuisines of Glasgow, Scotland,
The owner of Restaurant Shis Mahal British Pakistani Chef Ali Ahmed Aslam have created the dish in his restaurant in the west end of Glasgow by improvements in a sauce made from cream, yogurt and a wide variety of spices.
BBC TV Programme to Lighten Up the History of Chicken Tikka Masala
However in a TV programme about cookery by BBC Hairy Bicker in 2013
Have Asif Aslam the son of Chef Ali Ahmed Aslam as their guest where he shares the entire the incident behind the creation of the delicacy
He shares that it was a dark and wet night in Glasgow
In the Restaurant visited a bus driver just came off shift and he said he like to have a Chicken Curry
When the Chicken Curry was served he called the waiter and give it back giving the reason that it seems very dry,
At that time his father Chef Ali Ahmed Aslam having ulcer therefore having tomato soup
So he thought why not put some soup into the Chicken Curry so he mixes the Chicken Curry with tomato soup and some spices and sent it backed to the the person,
And he just loved the dish
he loves the dish so much that the repeatedly came to have a taste of the dish
He also used to bring his friends also for having a taste of it,
After this event the dish was ultimately added to main menu of Restaurant Shis Mahal.
At this point of time, it is difficult to say the actuality behind the Origin of the dish
As lots of experts and publisher claims and present different perspectives about the question of Origin
So it still remains as a sort of uncertainty behind the Origination of Chicken Tikka Masala.
- Boneless Chicken
- Mustard Oil
- Lemon Juice
- Black Pepper
- Black Cardamom
- Bay leaf
- Cashew Nuts and Melon Seed Paste
- White Oil
- Kashmiri Red Chili Powder
3. Method Of Preparation
The preparation of Chicken Tikka Masala comes in two-part first making the Chicken Tikka and the last is preparing the Chicken Tikka Masala out of the Chicken Tikkas.
There are as many as 48 documented recipes and all are different the only common ingredient is the main ingredient Chicken.
The method of preparation that I will discuss below
Is according to me one of the tastiest version and most of the restaurants serve this so let us enlighten the recipe.
Preparation Of Chicken Tikka
At first take the chicken and cut deep strip with knife so that the flavours can penetrate through the last layer of Chicken,
Marinate the Chicken with lemon juice, salt and crushed black pepper (crushed black pepper give more prominent flavours than black pepper powder) and
Take it to refrigerator for two three hours this will make the Chicken more soft and tender so that the chicken can absorb all the flavours,
Then take a bowl and further marinate the Chicken
With yogurt, tomato puree, mustard oil, milk, coriander powder, cinnamon powder, cumin powder, cardamom, black cardamom, nutmeg, garlic paste, chopped green chilies and turmeric powder,
And refrigerate the marination for 48 hours for the best results
As more time helps to absorb more flavour deep into the Chicken
Now take the Chicken and pears it to a skewers and tandoor it,
In most of the cases there is question of availability of tandoor domestically
Therefore it is recommended by me to grill it on a charcoal barbeque
If charcoal barbeque is not available we can also use microwave for grill
Or if not we can also use gas stove for grill,
But it recommended by me to use tandoor or charcoal barbeque
Because it gives the Chicken a charcoal smoky flavour which is an important part of flavours of Tikka,
After grilling the Chicken uniformly from both side in the tandoor
The Chicken Tikka is ready for the next step where we will prepare the Chicken Tikka Masala with this Chicken Tikkas.
Preparation Of Chicken Tikka Masala
Lit the fire on the gas stove and take a pan and let it heat
Now pour some white oil into it and one bay leaf, cinnamon, cardamom, black cardamom, cumin and cloves and Sautee it
This leave the flavours of the spice into the oil so that the whole dish have an uniform flavour of spices
After minute or half add finely Chopped onions into the pan and toss it when the onions adding onions first helps the oil to absorb the flavours of onions,
After the starts turning golden brown add some ginger garlic paste and cook it for a minute
When the aroma starts coming add finely chopped tomatoes and cook it until the tomatoes becomes soft and pulpy
Now add coriander powder, Kashmiri red chili powder, turmeric powder and salt and cook it for a few minutes
After that add cashew nuts and melon seed paste and cook it when oil starts oozing out it an indication that it is cooked well
Now cut the Chicken Tikka into small pieces and add it to pan and little bit of water it will help the Chicken to be more tender and absorb the flavours of the gravy
Now cut onions, capsicum and tomatoes removes the onions form scale one by one and add it to pan
The onions are added first because capsicums and tomatoes cooks faster than onions
After a minute add cubes of tomatoes and capsicums mixed it well
Now add some coriander leaves, cream and lemon juice into it if someone likes more spicy he/she can add garam masala to it it is totally optional,
Cook it for a couple of minutes and now it is ready to be served with it’s mesmerizing flavours mouth-watering everyone.
4. Nutritional Value
100g of Chicken Tikka Masala have almost 150 to 180 calories depending upon the style of cooking
It contains almost 8g of fats it could be more or less depending upon the usage of oil and cream
4g of carbohydrates and
15g to 25g of protein
Ut also contains a little bit of cholesterol it has the micronutrients such as potassium, sodium and many others vitamins and minerals.
5. Crazy Facts About Chicken Tikka Masala
There is a greater fight between England and us India they said that the dish theirs dish and we say that no it is our dish as the origin of the dish is still in mystery. The people of England are always crazy about Chicken Tikka Masala we can expect the dish anywhere in England,
It gets beyond all the limit when In July 2009 Mohammad Sarwar Tabled a British Member of Parliament at that time in an Early Day Morning in the House Of Commons
Give the proposal to the Parliament to support a campaign for Glasgow to be given European Union Protected Geographical Status for only the dish Chicken Tikka Masala,
This proposal shows the interest of an individual not the interest of a country as whole these type of proposal always seems useless in Parliament anywhere in the world
That’s the result the motion of Chicken Tikka Masala is not Chosen as a matter of debate in the Parliament,
Nor Mohammad Sarwar Tabled speak on this subject in the Parliament if the matter is discussed it will hilarious for the Parliament serving the interest of Nation.
Yes, In London there are more 2000 India Restaurants.
Panner or Cottage Cheese is Best Alternative of Chicken in Tikka Masala.
There are two steps of making Chicken Tikka Masala first cooking the Chicken Tikka and second cooking the Tikkas into the gravy of Chicken Tikka Masala.
Hello I am Aishik I am a student and just completed my Schooling from ST. Xavier’s Institution and now studying Human Development Honours in Acharya Prafulla Chandra College. I am also a Food love to eat and cook both and now sharing my experience with you.