Tikka masala meatballs. The name says it all. An appetizer with the meatballs dipped in lip-smacking tikka masala sauce, or a scrumptious curry to go with your favorite pasta, rice and roti, it’s going to be one of your most-loved fusion dishes of all time. Featuring a clever twist on the classic chicken tikka masala, these meatballs are packed with flavor for the ultimate foodie experience.
So, where to begin? The meatballs? Well, this dish is all about a few small changes to the classic tikka masala. The basic idea is to create a dish that’ll reflect the original flavor and taste making it extra delicious.
I started with my favorite basic meatball recipe, and added ingredients to bring in the authentic tikka masala flavor. To get the flavor just right, I used a few ground spices like cumin, coriander, garam masala and chili powder.
And yes, minced or ground chicken is the key ingredient here. While I love making these tikka masala meatballs with chicken, I bet minced turkey or lamb will also taste amazing in this recipe.
Want to learn about the secret ingredient that make these meatballs really moist? Breadcrumbs made from fresh bread. You just need to blitz the slices in a food processor to make fine crumbs.
Once you’ve gathered all the ingredients, roll out small meatballs. At this stage, you can either bake or pan fry them. To bake them, arrange meatballs on a baking tray, and pop into a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes. Although it’s the healthiest way to make these tikka masala meatballs, pan frying is also a great option.
Next up, the sauce. The classic tikka sauce that makes every tikka masala curry taste scrumptious. The base of the curry is a simple combo of spices, tomato paste and cream.
Best part? You can cook a huge batch of meatballs and freeze them. However, I don’t recommend freezing the sauce as the cream may split when you reheat it.
Now it’s time to think about how to serve these tikka masala meatballs. Appetizer or side dish with rice, pasta and parathas. Insanely yum!
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