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Tikka Masala

February 5, 2009

img_01561This dish, like General Tso’s Chicken, is an example of another culture “dumbing down” a traditional dish of another culture.  In this case sometime in the 60’s some Englander’s developed this Indian curry dish to make it more palatable to Anglo-Saxon tastes.   Tikka means “little bits” and Masala means a combination of spices.  It is a great tasting, mild, dish to introduce someone to Indian flavored cuisine.   Serve this dish over a bed of couscous or white jasmine rice with lemon.

– Leg of Lamb cut into bite sized chunks about 2 pounds.

– Garam Masala seasoning to liberally coat

– salt & peppper

– olive oil

For the Tikka Masala Sauce

– 1 table spoon of butter

– one 16 oz can of crushed tomatoes

– 2 cloves of garlic chopped

– 1 tablespoon of ground cumin

– table spoon of ground coriander seeds

– 1 teaspoon of ground ginger

– 1 pinch of cinamon

– 1 pinch of sugar

– 1 pinch of ground cayenne pepper

– 1 table spoon of kosher salt

– 1 big handful of chopped cilantro leaves

– 1 handful of chopped cilantro stems

– 1 half a cup of heavy cream

Heat a large skillet on high heat.  Start by tossing the chunked lamb in mixing bowl with a few glugs of olive oil, then liberally coat them in the garam masala seasoning and salt and pepper.  Then sear the lamb pieces on all sides, just until browned but still very rare inside.  Remove the lamb from the skillet and set aside on a plate.

For the sauce, lower the skillet’s heat to medium, add the butter to the heat and melt.  Then add the chopped garlic, cummin, corriander, ginger, cinnamon, sugar and cayenne pepper and stir into the butter.  Now add the chopped cilantro stems and stir.  Next add the can of crushed tomatoes.  Bring the sauce to a bubble (about 5 minutes) then reduce heat to a simmer.  Add the lamb back to the sauce and the heavy cream, stir.   Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes on a low heat.

Serve this dish over a bead of couscous or fluffy white rice with a squeeze of lemon and top with the fresh cilantro leaves.  Hope you enjoy.

One Comment leave one →
  1. mom2 permalink
    February 5, 2009 9:44 pm

    Aha, so that is what Tikka etc is….. thanks. The lamb sounds good, am not sure about the rest….

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