You can add the main ingredients of your choice to this tikka masala sauce.
When most people think tikka masala sauce, they’re probably picturing chicken tikka masala. It is the most popular curry in the world after all.
That said, using tandoori chicken in your tikka masala sauce is just one of the options.
Think about it… when you go out for a good curry, most menus will give you the option of tikka masala sauce and then list which ‘tikka’ can go into it.
Tandoori chicken tikka might be the most popular option to go with tikka masala sauce but you could also order lamb tikka, paneer tikka, jumbo prawns and even keema.
The main ingredient you use in this British Indian restaurant (BIR) style tikka masala sauce is completely up to you.
This is the real deal!
In my best selling cookbook ‘The Curry Guy’ I featured a chicken tikka masala recipe to serve 4.
That recipe is made just as it would be at an Indian restaurant. This recipe has been downsized to a curry house portion to serve 1 – 2 people.
I have seen tikka masala sauce being made many times at restaurants. If you want to make a curry that is even better than you find at the best British curry houses, make this tikka masala sauce.
Curry house style curries are usually made with pre-cooked ingredients.
You will want to plan ahead so that you have everything you need, at the ready to use in your tikka masala sauce. I have a lot of recipe options for you on this site.
You could choose tandoori chicken tikka or lamb tikka, paneer or even pre-cooked potatoes.
For your information, the reason pre-cooked ingredients are used it both or flavour and to save time.
Deliciously marinated and grilled ingredients add a lot to the flavour of the curry. It would also take up to an hour to cook ingredients like lamb or beef until tender.
So pre-cooked is the way to go.
Curry house style curries are made with a base sauce.
Whether it’s this tikka masala sauce or a spicier option such as madras or vindaloo, curry house style curries are made with a prepared base sauce. My recipe is here.
This smooth base sauce gives the curries their authentic curry house flavour and texture.
Can I make British curry house style curries without preparing a base sauce?
The answer to that question is yes and no. If you want your tikka masala sauce to be like you would find at the best curry houses, you need to use a prepared base sauce.
You could cheat, however and make your tikka masala sauce by substituting water or stock. It won’t be the same but it will still be very good.
What about the bright red colour?
The bright red colouring you find in many tikka masala sauces is red food colouring.
I didn’t use it in this recipe. It add no flavour. If you want that bright red colouring, just add about 1/2 tsp red food colouring powder to the sauce.
If you like this tikka masala sauce recipe, you might like to try some of these curry house favourites too…