The Story of Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken tikka is an Indian dish that is largely attributed to the Punjab region. The word tikka translates to “bits” or “pieces”, describing the way that the chicken meat is prepared.

Traditionally, the chicken is cut into small pieces and marinated in a sauce made from yogurt, lemon or lime juice, and a blend of Indian spices which may include cayenne, coriander, cumin, ginger, garam masala, and turmeric. These pieces are then placed on skewers to be baked in a tandoori oven. In India, people will prepare chicken tikka for special, celebratory occasions.

Often times, particularly in the West, chicken tikka is served with a masala gravy to produce the familiar chicken tikka masala dish, like the kind you can find at MokSHA Bellevue.

Though the origins of this particular preparation are unclear, it is largely thought that it was first served by Indian restauranteurs living in the United Kingdom. It is said that a bus driver sent a plate of curry back to the kitchen, telling chef Ali Ahmed Aslam that it was dry. Aslam, who was eating tomato soup at the moment, mixed some of the soup into the curry with an assortment of spices. The driver loved the end result, and brought his friends back again and again to try it.

If you’re a fan of this popular, classic dish, come visit MokSHA for quality Indian cuisine in Bellevue today.