Lamb Tikka Masala

Garam masala (spice mixture, India)
Garam masala. Jorn Rynio/Getty Images
  • 45 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 2

Tikka Masala is reportedly the most popular restaurant dish in England (the Brits do love their Indian restaurants). But just as General Tso's Chicken is an American invention, Tikka Masala is a British invention - not that it matters. It's an easy dish to make and if you discount the time it spends marinating in the refrigerator it's also quick to make, meaning you can serve it within 30 minutes. (Larger image.) Serves 2.

What You'll Need

  • 1 lb. lamb stew meat
  • Marinade:
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic; smashed
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger; peeled and grated
  • 1 tbsp.
  • Garam Masala (available in most spice sections)
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Sauce:
  • 1 tbsp. cooking oil
  • 1/2 small onion; peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Garam Masala
  • 1 clove garlic; peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger; thinly sliced
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper; seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 15-oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

How to Make It

1. Thoroughly stir together marinade mixture.

2. Pour into a zippered bag, add chicken, and toss to coat lamb thoroughly. Refrigerate overnight.

3. Heat oven broiler and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

4. Remove lamb from bag and pat between paper towels to remove some (but not all) of the marinade.

5. Broil lamb on second rack from top until it begins to brown - 5 to 7 minutes. Set lamb aside.

6. Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.

7. Add onion, sprinkle with Garam Masala and sauté until translucent. Add garlic, ginger and jalapeno and cook one minute longer.

8. Add tomatoes and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture begin dry. Stir in cream.

9. Add lamb to sauce. Simmer 10 minutes then serve over rice.

Note: Basmati rice is the best choice and I added 1/2 teaspoon of ground tumeric to the rice to make it yellow. When the rice was done I stirred in some frozen peas and recovered the rice pot for 5 minutes to allow the peas to cook.