Fish tikka masala. Pair fish tikka with lip-smacking tikka masala sauce to create authentic Indian meal for your weeknight dinner. Vibrant and healthy, this curry is all about deliciously rich flavors of grilled fish, aromatic spices and creamy sauce.
What’s your favorite homemade comfort food when it’s freezing outside? In my opinion, a good curry never fails to warm your soul inside out. Moreover, you can always rely on them to bring you an explosion of flavors on your tastebuds. Without a doubt, I absolutely love the classics loaded with authentic flavors.
Although the restaurant style tikka masala made with chicken is one of my favorites to make at home, I’m always on the lookout for quicker and easier recipes that doesn’t compromise on taste. So, whenever I feel a little lazy to spend hours in the kitchen, I just grab a few fish fillets from the local fishmonger, and whip up this fish tikka masala for a slight twist from authentic chicken tikka masala.
Delicate bites of fish tikka cooked in a creamy sauce, this curry is absolutely delicious and perfect for a quick dinner. I cannot even describe how scrumptious it is. If you’re a huge fan of chicken tikka masala, you must make this curry and pair it with warm roti or fragrant rice.
I’ve been raving about the deliciousness packed into the fish tikka in my last post. Well, fish tikka turned into fish tikka masala just means double the deliciousness and flavor.
The very first step of making this fish tikka curry is obviously making the fish tikka. We already have an elaborate post about this topic, so click here to check out the recipe.
As you already know how to make fish tikka, we’ll move on to the next step – making the masala sauce.
Start with frying up a small bay leaf in a little oil followed by sauteeing some onions and ginger paste. Traditional Indian curries are loaded with ground spices that add so much flavor and of course, the aromatic spices are the backbone of this recipe. And this includes ground turmeric, ground coriander and red chili powder.
To make the curry rich, you’ll also need to add in some chopped tomatoes and about a tablespoon of tomato paste. Apart from the richness, it also adds that vibrant color.
I also flavored this curry with a touch of lemon juice. Besides tomatoes, fresh cream also plays a vital role in whipping up a rich and thick sauce. Towards the end of cooking process, you’ll also need to add in some garam masala and kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves). Finally, fish tikka goes into the sauce.
Hey, now you have a very healthy fish tikka masala. Just make sure you have plenty of sauce to soak up all that beautiful luscious sauce.
Watch fish tikka masala recipe video below:
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- Recipe link just below this recipe
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 dried bay leaf
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 1 tsp minced ginger (ginger paste)
- ½ tsp ground turmeric (turmeric powder)
- 2 tsp ground coriander (coriander powder)
- 1 tsp red chili powder (Kashmiri chili powder preferred)
- 1 tbsp tomato paste (tomato purée)
- ¼ cup canned tomatoes (or 2 medium tomatoes, chopped)
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- ¼ cup fresh heavy (thickened) cream
- ½ tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi)
- ¼ cup chopped coriander (cilantro) leaves
- Salt to taste
- Chopped coriander (cilantro) leaves, to garnish
- Make fish tikka according to the recipe instructions. Recipe link just below this recipe.
- Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add bay leaf and sauté for a few seconds. Add onions. Sauté, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes or until browned. Add ginger. Sauté, stirring constantly, for a minute or until fragrant.
- Add ground turmeric, ground coriander and red chili powder. Sauté, stirring constantly, for a minute. Add tomato paste, and sauté for 1 minute. Add canned tomatoes. Sauté, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes or until tomatoes are soft and mushy.
- Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and cream. Pour in enough water to make thick sauce. Season with salt. Simmer for 3-4 minutes.
- Add garam masala, kasuri methi and coriander (cilantro) leaves. Stir to combine. Add fish tikka. Stir. Heat through. Garnish with more coriander (cilantro) leaves if you like.
***Click here to get the recipe for Fish Tikka