Chicken Tikka Masala | Basics with Babish

  • Published: 28 March 2019
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    One of my favorite curries is the beloved chicken tikka masala. You can make this dish at home by making your own curry powder and tikka masala sauce.

    Shopping List:
    + For the curry powder:
    1 stick cinnamon
    1 whole nutmeg
    2 dried bay leaves
    1 Tbsp whole cloves
    2 Tbsp cumin seeds
    3 Tbsp coriander seeds
    1 Tbsp cardamom
    1 tsp red pepper flakes

    + For the chicken tikka masala marinade:
    1 cup full fat yogurt
    2 inches ginger, grated
    2 garlic cloves, grated
    1 Tbsp of the homemade curry powder (above)
    Kosher salt
    Freshly ground pepper
    Drizzle of olive oil
    3 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts (cut into 1-inch cubes)

    + For the tikka masala sauce
    2 inches ginger, grated
    1/2 small yellow onion, finely minced
    2 cloves garlic, grated
    1 small bird's eye chili, finely minced
    2 Tbsp vegetable oil
    1 Tbsp tomato paste
    1 heaping Tbsp homemade curry powder (above)
    1 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
    Pinch of white sugar
    3/4 cup heavy cream

    Optional: serve with long grain basmati rice and cilantro garnish

    Special Equipment:
    Spice grinder or coffee grinder

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Comments • 3 407

  • Binging with Babish
    Binging with Babish   6 months back

    What’s your least favorite thing about cilantro: its flavor, its known toxicity, or its role in the subprime mortgage crisis?

    • How to Cut a...
      How to Cut a...  3 days back

      It’s the worst. 🤮

    • ajason495
      ajason495  4 days back

      i always tell people this- it tastes like someone took grass clippings, added lemon juice and a healthly squeeze of dawn dish soap. mix together and voila- what cilantro tastes like to me.
      then they always say- you drink dawn dish soap. no its what it smells like I imagine it would taste like

    • alluvermin
      alluvermin  5 days back

      I have the dish soap taste gene.

      I like the taste still.


    • Noah HackZ
      Noah HackZ  4 weeks back

      Binging with Babish mate, I love coriander (cilantro)

  • James Chatepa
    James Chatepa  12 hours back

    0:46 "Coriander seeds or, as I call them, Cilantro Babies" 😂🤣

    • Steve Perkins
      Steve Perkins  3 days back

      India Squisita is gonna get you for this.

      • theRealCrazyOne
        theRealCrazyOne  3 days back

        "The last thing you want to do is pull rock-hard cloves from between your teeth" ...Desi moms never got this memo :(.

        • Shreya Girish
          Shreya Girish  3 days back

          more spice babish. no such thing as less spicy. only the strong can eat this.

          • jmc
            jmc  3 days back

            Ghee is the flavour of India

            • ShiivaWilding
              ShiivaWilding  4 days back

              God bless the Scottish for this incredible invention!

              • Girlfriend
                Girlfriend  6 days back

                Cilantro babies!

                • Boo Bax
                  Boo Bax  6 days back

                  Wondered why I can't pallet curry.. it's the nutmeg and cloves. 2 of the worst flavors ever imo

                  • Boo Bax
                    Boo Bax  6 days back

                    Thanks for the hard work Babby

                    • CStarFlare
                      CStarFlare  1 weeks back

                      use your strength


                      • Elliott Schelske
                        Elliott Schelske  1 weeks back

                        omg finally someone who grinds their own curry powder

                        • Aarij Anwer
                          Aarij Anwer  1 weeks back

                          Qorma next, please

                          • Dog Tooth
                            Dog Tooth  1 weeks back

                            The UK's national dish ? 😂😂😂 they don't have something British? This is Indian food and this version is barebones and incorrect. But good effort

                            • Lady Pinkymoe
                              Lady Pinkymoe  1 weeks back

                              Uk's national takeaway British-Indian dish, he should have said lmao. Like Chinese food in the West is Western-ified, this is the same thing with indian food. And the Brits they love it!

                          • Jose Ramos
                            Jose Ramos  1 weeks back

                            Every step is flavor bombs!

                            • Girish Malage
                              Girish Malage  2 weeks back

                              Chicken Tikka: UKs National Dish...that was hilarious!

                              • James Howell
                                James Howell  1 weeks back

                                Pretty true though; wasn't it invented because Brits couldn't handle proper spice? Certainly would have to be on any table showing off British cuisine, right up there with the full English breakfast, fish and chips and haggis.

                            • Elliott Lars Olsen
                              Elliott Lars Olsen  2 weeks back

                              Wow, you're unbelievably arrogant and bougie. All of my local Indian restaurants are run by actual Indian folks, and I guarantee they make everything better than you in your peer-funded apartment.

                              • Cega1985
                                Cega1985  2 weeks back

                                My local indian places might fight you about that comment

                                • LuxuryDesiigner
                                  LuxuryDesiigner  2 weeks back

                                  my fave dish

                                  • Ovidius
                                    Ovidius  2 weeks back

                                    I do it with coconutmilk✌

                                    • Akku gaur
                                      Akku gaur  2 weeks back

                                      it's Indian boy

                                      • Alicaido
                                        Alicaido  2 weeks back

                                        alternatively: do use your grinder for both coffee and spices to commence on a wild ride of bad ideas

                                        • Emre Geylani
                                          Emre Geylani  2 weeks back

                                          UK's national dish??

                                          • Kevin Bihari
                                            Kevin Bihari  2 weeks back

                                            Lol, thats how you get dead

                                            • Patryk Bic
                                              Patryk Bic  2 weeks back

                                              careful using ground cloves vs whole cloves, i used too much ground cloves and it came out bitter as hell

                                              • FattyMcButterPants
                                                FattyMcButterPants  2 weeks back

                                                Garbage, what youd expect from a white dude

                                                • Smash Bros. Ultimate Trailers

                                                  Why is everyone so anal about how to make this dish? So many videos on the dish have so much hate

                                                  • Immortal-Pumpkin
                                                    Immortal-Pumpkin  3 weeks back

                                                    is a grill on a uk oven the same as a broiler

                                                    • Mikey L
                                                      Mikey L  3 weeks back

                                                      Drop the gloves ffs

                                                      • prateek surana
                                                        prateek surana  3 weeks back

                                                        Nopes,nada! ..this aint how chicken tikka is cooked

                                                        • Bruno Bursic
                                                          Bruno Bursic  3 weeks back

                                                          Omg I dislike cilantro too! It tastes like weird soapy stuff... I love correander seeds in indian cooking, just discovered indian, soooooooo overwhelmingly tasty.

                                                          • kingzaxx productions
                                                            kingzaxx productions  3 weeks back

                                                            I used ghost Chile’s for this DO NOT MAKE MY MISTAKE I AM STUPID AND EVERYONE ME ESPECIALLY REGRETTED IT

                                                            • A Nii
                                                              A Nii  3 weeks back

                                                              Too much work besides that’s too rich in favor

                                                              • Jobu_Cerrano
                                                                Jobu_Cerrano  3 weeks back

                                                                Love the vids, this channel is among one of my favorites. I have noticed this phenomenon lately, and I don't understand. Yes, people will probably cry that I am some sort of stupid hippie, but what is the deal with cooks being afraid of getting their hands dirty and using all these latex and plastic gloves these days? It is so wasteful. It seems like another method of destroying the earth when a simple rinse under the faucet would suffice. Just asking, don't get it.

                                                                • zack bop
                                                                  zack bop  3 weeks back

                                                                  did you ever do naan?

                                                                  • oski1128
                                                                    oski1128  4 weeks back

                                                                    Tikka MaGÓWNO

                                                                    • K K
                                                                      K K  4 weeks back

                                                                      Does anyone know of an authentic curry powder that can replicate the curry powder he made? Most of those ingredients are tough to find for me.

                                                                      • Hot Wheels
                                                                        Hot Wheels  4 weeks back

                                                                        Tikka Masala originated in Glasgow Scotland

                                                                        • Hey It's Vher
                                                                          Hey It's Vher  4 weeks back

                                                                          Dont attack me but i really find it super weird when ppl bake rice. Like y?

                                                                          • Paul Di Libero
                                                                            Paul Di Libero  4 weeks back

                                                                            Naan! Yes! When?

                                                                            • Matthew Palanca
                                                                              Matthew Palanca  4 weeks back

                                                                              YES, FAM. TIKKA TIKKA MASALA ALL DAYYYYY

                                                                              • rudeboymon
                                                                                rudeboymon  4 weeks back

                                                                                I could eat that everyday

                                                                                • Matthew Kefford
                                                                                  Matthew Kefford  4 weeks back

                                                                                  Had to pause the video to see what on earth a broiler is!

                                                                                  • Martin Ďatko
                                                                                    Martin Ďatko  4 weeks back

                                                                                    3:47 chilli bit: "Freeeedooooooom!"

                                                                                    • kumar Ankit
                                                                                      kumar Ankit  4 weeks back

                                                                                      This preparation is wrong on so many levels

                                                                                      • Nilajit Sinha
                                                                                        Nilajit Sinha  4 weeks back

                                                                                        you missed to add the smoky flavour and use red onion

                                                                                        • Glen M Lj
                                                                                          Glen M Lj  4 weeks back

                                                                                          2:13 that made me sneeze. Thrice

                                                                                          • Kay
                                                                                            Kay  4 weeks back

                                                                                            Cilantro tastes like Tide, but I love all the things it’s in so I eat through it anyways.

                                                                                            • K K
                                                                                              K K  4 weeks back

                                                                                              What does... Tide taste like? I'm scared for you.