Lamb Tikka Masala
Lamb Tikka Masala
5 from 1 vote
This fragrant and spicy Indian dish combines tender lamb with a rich, creamy tomato-based sauce. The smoky flavors of the tikka masala marinade complement the tender meat, creating a tantalizing blend of spices that will transport your taste buds to the vibrant streets of India.
Lamb Tikka Masala

Are you craving a flavorful and creamy Indian dish that will transport your taste buds to a land of exotic spices and vibrant flavors? Look no further than the delectable Lamb Tikka Masala. This mouthwatering dish is a true culinary masterpiece that boasts a rich history and an unforgettable taste that will leave you coming back for more.

Originating from the northern regions of India, Lamb Tikka Masala is a popular dish that has been enjoyed for centuries by locals and visitors alike.

This tantalizing recipe features tender pieces of marinated lamb that are grilled to perfection and then smothered in a luscious and velvety tomato-based sauce that is infused with a blend of aromatic spices. Each bite of this dish is a harmonious symphony of flavors that will leave you longing for more.

While the thought of making Lamb Tikka Masala at home may seem daunting, fear not! This recipe is surprisingly easy to make and requires only a few simple ingredients that can be found at your local grocery store.

With a little bit of time and patience, you can recreate this authentic Indian dish in the comfort of your own kitchen and impress your friends and family with your culinary skills.

So, why not treat yourself to a delicious and satisfying meal that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you feeling like a culinary connoisseur? Whip up a batch of Lamb Tikka Masala today and prepare to be amazed by the explosion of flavors that await you.


Lamb: Lamb is the main protein used in this delicious Lamb Tikka Masala recipe. It adds a rich and savory flavor to the dish, making it a hearty and satisfying meal.

Plain Yogurt: Plain yogurt is used to marinate the lamb, making it tender and flavorful. It also adds a creamy texture to the sauce, balancing out the spices in the dish.

Vegetable Oil: Vegetable oil is used for cooking the onions, garlic, and ginger, as well as for searing the marinated lamb. It helps to create a delicious base for the sauce and adds a bit of richness to the dish.

Onion: Onion is a key ingredient in many Indian dishes, adding a sweet and savory flavor to the sauce. It also provides a nice texture to the dish once cooked.

Garlic: Garlic adds a pungent and aromatic flavor to the dish, enhancing the overall taste of the lamb tikka masala. It pairs well with the other spices used in the recipe.

Ginger: Ginger adds a warm and zesty flavor to the dish, complementing the other spices and giving the lamb tikka masala a well-rounded and balanced taste.

Tikka Masala Paste: Tikka masala paste is a blend of spices and herbs, including paprika, cumin, coriander, and turmeric. It adds depth of flavor and a rich red color to the sauce.

Chopped Tomatoes: Chopped tomatoes are used as the base of the sauce, adding a tangy and slightly sweet flavor to the dish. They also help to thicken the sauce and create a rich tomatoey base.

Ground Cumin: Cumin is a warm and earthy spice that adds a nutty flavor to the dish. It pairs well with the other spices used in the recipe and enhances the overall taste of the lamb tikka masala.

Ground Coriander: Ground coriander has a citrusy and slightly sweet flavor, adding a bright and refreshing note to the dish. It complements the other spices in the recipe and adds depth to the sauce.

Garam Masala: Garam masala is a blend of warm and aromatic spices, including cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom. It adds a rich and complex flavor to the dish, enhancing the overall taste of the lamb tikka masala.

Turmeric: Turmeric adds a vibrant yellow color to the sauce and a warm and slightly bitter flavor. It is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties and adds depth to the dish.

Salt: Salt is used to season the dish, enhancing the flavors of the other ingredients and bringing out the richness of the lamb tikka masala. It helps to balance the spices and create a well-rounded taste.

Fresh Coriander Leaves: Fresh coriander leaves are used as a garnish for the lamb tikka masala, adding a fresh and bright flavor to the dish. They provide a pop of color and a burst of freshness to each bite.

Serving Suggestions and Variations

To serve Lamb Tikka Masala, you can start by preparing basmati rice or naan bread to accompany the dish. Garnish the curry with a sprinkle of fresh coriander leaves before serving. For a complete meal, consider adding a side of raita (a yogurt-based condiment) or a cucumber salad to refresh your palate.

For a variation on the traditional recipe, you can substitute the lamb with chicken, beef, or even paneer for a vegetarian option. Adjust the cooking time accordingly to ensure the meat is fully cooked before serving. You can also experiment with different combinations of spices to customize the flavor profile of the dish. For a spicier version, add in some chopped green chilies or a dash of chili powder.

  • For a creamy twist, stir in a tablespoon of cream or coconut milk at the end of cooking to enrich the sauce.
  • If you prefer a thicker consistency, you can blend some cashew nuts or almonds and add them to the sauce to create a rich, nutty flavor.
  • To enhance the smoky flavor of the dish, you can grill the marinated lamb before adding it to the curry. This will add depth to the overall taste of the dish.
  • If you want to make the dish more hearty, consider adding diced potatoes, bell peppers, or peas to create a more substantial meal.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Lamb Tikka Masala?

Lamb Tikka Masala is a popular Indian dish made with marinated and grilled pieces of tender lamb cooked in a rich and creamy tomato-based sauce.

Is Lamb Tikka Masala spicy?

The spiciness of Lamb Tikka Masala can vary depending on the recipe and the chef’s preferences. It is typically made with a blend of spices that can range from mild to very spicy.

What is the difference between Lamb Tikka Masala and Chicken Tikka Masala?

The main difference between Lamb Tikka Masala and Chicken Tikka Masala is the choice of protein used. Lamb Tikka Masala is made with tender pieces of lamb, while Chicken Tikka Masala is made with grilled pieces of chicken.

How is Lamb Tikka Masala traditionally served?

Lamb Tikka Masala is traditionally served with steamed basmati rice or naan bread. It can also be garnished with fresh cilantro and served with a side of yogurt or raita.

Can Lamb Tikka Masala be made vegetarian?

Yes, Lamb Tikka Masala can be made vegetarian by substituting the lamb with paneer, tofu, or mixed vegetables. The rest of the recipe remains the same, with the vegetables or protein being marinated and cooked in the same rich tomato-based sauce.

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Lamb Tikka Masala

Lamb Tikka Masala

by Nabeela Kauser
This fragrant and spicy Indian dish combines tender lamb with a rich, creamy tomato-based sauce. The smoky flavors of the tikka masala marinade complement the tender meat.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 484 kcal


  • 500 g Lamb diced
  • 200 g Yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1- inch Ginger grated
  • 2 tbsp Tikka Masala Paste
  • 400 g Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • Coriander for garnish


  • In a bowl, mix the diced lamb with the plain yogurt. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until softened.
  • Stir in the minced garlic and grated ginger, cooking for another 2 minutes.
  • Add the tikka masala paste to the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add the marinated lamb and cook until browned on all sides.
  • Pour in the chopped tomatoes and stir well.
  • Season with ground cumin, ground coriander, garam masala, turmeric, and salt to taste. Stir to combine.
  • Add 100ml of water to the pan and stir well.
  • Cover the pan and simmer for 45-50 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the lamb is tender and the sauce has thickened.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves before serving.


Ensure the lamb is diced into evenly sized pieces for even cooking.
Adjust the spiciness by varying the amount of tikka masala paste used.
Serve the Lamb Tikka Masala with steamed rice or naan bread for a complete meal.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 484kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 24gFat: 38gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 824mgPotassium: 621mgFibre: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 174IUVitamin C: 13mgVitamin D: 0.2µgCalcium: 131mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Cooking, Curry, Dinner, Food, Lamb Curry, Lamb Tikka Masala, Recipe, Tikka Masala
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