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Easy Lamb Tikka Masala

Indian restaurant style lamb tikka masala recipe made with grilled tender lamb pieces cooked in aromatic masala sauce. Made everything from scratch with simple pantry-friendly ingredients. Serve with plain rice, naan, or chapati. Incredibly delicious!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: British Indian, Indian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Marinate Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4
Calories: 522kcal
Author: Khin

Equipment

  • Dutch oven or heavy bottom pot to cook the curry
  • Grill pan, skillet, or oven to grill the marinated lamb

Ingredients

Lamb and Marinade

  • 600 gram Boneless lamb (About 21 oz) lamb leg, shoulder, sirloin, Cut into medium bite-size pieces
  • 1 tbsp Garlic paste
  • ½ tbsp Ginger paste
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Garam masala
  • 3 tbsp Yoghurt
  • 1 tsp Salt

For Masala Curry

  • 3-4 Shallot onions Or brown onions, finely chopped
  • 250 gram Tomato passata ( About 8.8 oz ) Or finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Garlic paste
  • ½ tbsp Ginger paste
  • 6 tbsp Double cream Divided into half
  • 3 tbsp Ghee
  • 2 tbsp Cooking oil vegetable or neutral flavour oil
  • tsp Salt
  • cup Water Add warm water. ( add more water if needed )
  • Handful Coriander

Spices

  • 1 tsp Chilli powder Paprika powder
  • ½ tsp Turmeric
  • tsp Garam masala
  • ½ tsp Cumin powder Zeera or Jeera powder
  • ½ tsp Coriander powder Ground coriander seeds

Instructions

Lamb Marinade and Grill

  • Marinate the lamb pieces with turmeric, chilli powder, yoghurt, salt, garam masala, garlic paste, and ginger. Combine everything well, cover with cling flim and let it marinate for at least 1 hour. You can also leave it in the fridge overnight.
    If you have more time you can leave more hours or leave it in the fridge overnight.
  • Grill the marinated lamb over the gill, grill pan, skillet, or in the oven over medium high heat for 4-5 minutes or until charred on both sides. Remove from heat and set them aside.

Cook Tikka Masala Sauce

  • Heat oil and ghee in the heavy bottom pot to medium heat. Add onions and sautee for 1-2 minutes until translucent. Add ginger, garlic paste and continue stir until the onions are brown.
  • Next add the tomato passata and cook until the tomato change colour and oil separates. Add turmeric, chilli powder, garam masala, coriander powder and cumin powder. Stir it well for a few seconds.
  • Pour in water and 3tbsp double cream. Season with salt to taste and bring it to simmer.
  • Placed the grilled lamb back in the sauce, close the lid and cook with low-medium heat for one and half hours or until the meat is tender. Stir occasionally and add more warm water if needed.
  • Add the rest of cream and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in chopped coriander.
  • Serve with basmati rice, naan, or chapati.

Notes

  • Lamb - Use lamb leg, lamb shoulder, rump, or sirloin with a bit of fat. Trim out excess fat and cut into medium-bite size pieces. 
  • Do not skip the lamb marinating process as it is the key step to achieving a tender and flavourful result. 
  • Yoghurt - Use plain natural yoghurt to marinate the lamb. It helps the meat tenderize the keep the meat moist and juicy. 
  • Shallot - We love to use shallot onions as they are less in moisture and easy to melt in the curry sauce. 
  • Tomato - I used tomato passata in this recipe, you can also use finely chopped fresh ripened tomatoes. 
  • Chilli powder - If you are making mild/kid-friendly curry, you can add paprika instead of hot chilli powder. 
  • How to store and reheat? This curry is great for meal prep and fridge and freezer friendly. Once it is completely cooled down, you can store it in the freezer-safe container and freeze it in the fridge. It usually lasts in the fridge for up to 3 months. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until piping hot before serving. If the curry sauce is too thick, stir in water before reheating. 

Nutrition

Calories: 522kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 155mg | Sodium: 1612mg | Potassium: 866mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 965IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 5mg
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