Nahim’s Famous Chicken Tikka Masala

What makes the Indian Ocean’s Chicken Tikka Masala so good? It’s the question on everyone’s lips. 

Well, now is the time for the big reveal! We asked Nahim really nicely if he could share his top-secret recipe - and now he has! We take great joy in presenting to you:

Nahim's Famous Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

First, the marinade. In a large bowl, combine a generous helping of fresh garlic and ginger paste with yoghurt, a squeeze of lemon juice, fresh mint leaves, red food colouring and garam masala (we created a guide to making that at home here). You might also want to add a pinch of salt to taste. 

Add some chicken breast pieces and leave to marinate for 24 hours in the fridge (use this time to dream about how good it’s going to taste). Then, skewer the chicken and cook in the tandoor until the meat is white in the middle. 

To create the signature tikka masala sauce, combine a selection of mixed fresh fruits, including pineapples, cherries, peaches, lychees, mangos and pears, with yoghurt, a squeeze of fresh lemon, fresh mint paste, olive oil and red food colouring with a spice mix of (take a deep breath) cumin, coriander, black pepper, black and green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves and curry leaves.

Next, prepare the curry gravy by mixing onions with olive oil, the same 9 spice mix, haldi (turmeric), fresh tomatoes, garlic and ginger. Cook in a pot with water until the onions are soft and starting to dissolve. Then grind the mixture until it has a smooth texture. 

Finally, add coconut cream, almond powder and sugar to a pan, along with the tikka masala sauce, curry gravy and the chicken tikka you prepared earlier. Cook on a low heat for 5-7 minutes, add some fresh cream, then serve piping hot with a scattering of almond flakes and a garnish of coriander.

If that sounds like a lot of hard work, that’s because it is! Don’t have time to prepare all that yourself? Take out the pain - come to the Indian Ocean restaurant tonight and have it cooked for you the authentic way by our team of brilliant chefs.

Book now by calling us on 0161 343 3343 or filling out our form here