Friday, April 1, 2016
Foodie Fridays: Tikka Masala Sauce
I love Indian food, but have never been very good at making it. Recently I decided to make a type of curry using a purchased tikka masala cooking sauce by Sharwood. The result was unbelievably good, and I even had a cooking epiphany. I have always tried making Indian food recipes focusing on the proteins and vegetables first and the sauce second. I decided that I was going about the process backwards, and should start with the sauce instead.
I looked for and found a tikka masala sauce recipe and gave it a try. It was almost as good as the purchased sauce I used, plus it is easy to make with readily available ingredients. The Sharwood cooking sauce was made with yogurt and coconut milk in addition to cream, and I may add one or both of these ingredients next time. Now that I have a good basic sauce, I am going to try adding a variety of different ingredients to make different curries with the same sauce. Chicken, shrimp, and vegetarian versions all sound good to me, and I can't wait to start experimenting!
Tikka Masala Sauce
2 T. ghee (clarified butter)*
1 onion, finely diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 T. cumin
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. turmeric
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper (or more to taste)
1 can (14 oz.) tomato sauce
1 C. heavy cream
2 tsp. paprika
1 T. sugar
Heat the ghee in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook one minute longer. Add the next six ingredients and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Stir the tomato sauce into the skillet, bring to a boil, and reduce the heat to low. Simmer the sauce for about 10 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients. Bring the sauce back to a simmer and cook, stirring often, until the ingredients are thoroughly combined and the sauce has thickened, about 10-15 minutes. Add meat, poultry, seafood, and/or vegetables of choice to the sauce and serve. Makes about 3 cups sauce.
*Ghee can sometimes be found in more upscale grocery stores. You can also make it yourself, or be lazy like me and just use regular butter or a combination of half butter and half canola or other light vegetable oil.