Kitchen Guru – Chicken Tikka Masala

by Hot Juan on July 11, 2011 · 0 comments

in Product Reviews

The origins of the Chicken Tikka Masala are not completely clear, there are two stories, the most popular in the UK is that it was created in an Indian restaurant in London’s Soho district during the 1970, it is also claimed to have been invested in the Pubjab some 50-60 years ago, while Glasgow also has some claim to this dish and British MP Mohammad Sarwar put forward an early day motion in 2009 campaining for Glasgow to be given European Union Protected Designation of Origin for what is probably the most popular curry served in the UK.

Kitchen Guru - Chicken Tikka Masala

Kitchen Guru - Chicken Tikka Masala

So this little pack from Kitchen Guru has a lot to live up to.

The pack contains some small packets of :- Paprika, Cordamons, Cinnamon, Red Chilli Powder, Turmeric and a Cumin and Coriander mix.

We have to add to this :- 700g boneless Chicken, 250g Natural Yogurt, 2 Medium Onions, 2 Medium Tomatoes or 200g tinned Tomatoes, 2 tbs Tomato puree, 2 small green Chillies, 1 Inch root Ginger, Handful or fresh Coriander, 4 Garlic Cloves, 2 tsp Lemon Juice, 5 tbs cooking Oil and some Salt to taste.

The process was simple, first we cut the chicken into bite sized pieces, chopped the onion, garlic, ginger in the food processor and finely sliced up the chillies.

Then we put the Yogurt in a bowl, and then added the little pods of Turmeric, Cumin/Coriander mix and Paprika, then the sliced chilli, a little salt and the chicken and mixed well.

Then the mixture was placed in an oven proof dish and grilled for approx. 7 minutes until it starts to brown.

The we sizzled the cardamom pods in a little oil in a frying pan, then added the onion, ginger and garlic and cook until golden brown, then add the Chilli powder and Cinnamom and stir well, then add the tomatoes (we used tinned chopped tomatoes) and Tomato puree and then cover and cook on a low heat for 5 minutes.

Finally add the chicken and yogurt marinated  and stir well cooking for a further 10 minutes.

What has happened to the Garam Masala.. well this is used with the fresh coriander and some lemon juice just before serving.

Well it turned out OK, the family liked it, in other recipes I have done the Chicken is marinated overnight in the yogurt mix, but I am not sure that made a big difference, for me I would have added a little more chili for both colour and heat.

At £1.99 it is an easy way to collect just enough spices to make your own Chicken Tikka Masala, I have all these spices in my cupboard, so I am not the target market, but it is well packages and the instruction are simple to use with the list of what else you will need on the outside of the pack so you can purchase them as the same time.

Flavour
(7/10)
Heat
(2/10)
Packaging
(8/10)
Value
(7/10)
Overall
(7.5/10)

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