Tikka Masala


Tikka Marinade

2 lbs. cubed chicken
1 cup plain yogurt
12 cloves of minced garlic
2 tbsp fresh ginger or 1 tbsp ginger paste or powder
2 tsp garam masala
2 tsp salt
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp coriander
2 tsp paprika or smoked paprika
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
⅛ tsp pepper
4 tsp lemon juice


2 onions diced
4 tbsp fresh ginger or 2 tbsp powder or paste
12 cloves of minced garlic
2 tbsp paprika
4 tsp turmeric
2 tbsp Garam masala
4 tsp coriander
2 tsp cumin
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
2 ½ -3 cups tomato passata
2 ½ -3 cups water
¾ cup of cream or oat milk
2 tsp sugar

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Tikka Masala

Apr 09, 2024Brenda Brink
Contributed By: Live. Life. Simple.

This recipe will make enough to fill 3 small trays or 15 cups*


  1. In a mixing bowl add all ingredients for Tikka marinade and mix well.  Cover and refrigerate overnight or minimum of 3 hours.
  2. For the sauce add a minimum amount of oil or butter on medium high heat to a large pan
  3. Add onions and ginger to the hot oil along with a pinch of salt and saute until golden brown (usually around 5 minutes) Stir frequently 
  4. Add garlic and paprika and saute
  5. In a separate bowl, mix spices and then add to pan
  6. Add tomato passata (tomato sauce can also be used) and water
  7. Bring pan to simmer and cook for 15 minutes on low
  8. In a separate pan, char your chicken marinade mixture.  The goal is blackened but not necessarily cooked. 
  9. Add cream and sugar to the sauce and stir (you can blend sauce smooth if desired)
  10. Add charred chicken and cook until chicken is fully cooked and sauce is thickened
  11. Add finished Tikka Masala to a freeze dryer tray lined with silicone or pre-cut parchment paper and set your dividers to the 8 or 10 portion setting
  12. This recipe works well if cooked rice is freeze dried on a separate pan also using dividers in the 8 or 10 portion setting and then added to the finished product in Mylar or a Mason Jar.
  13. For 1 large serving, use 2 squares of rice and 2 squares of Tikka Masala
  14. Store Appropriately (See Tips and Tricks for storage help)

Cycle Time:

35 hours


Add 1 ½ - 2 Cups of hot water for 2 squares of Tikka and 2 squares of rice.  Mix and let stand for 3-4 minutes and enjoy!

* Extra Large Tray = 15 Cups/Tray   Large Tray = 8 Cups/tray   Medium = 6 Cups/Tray   Small = 4 Cups/Tray Cycle times & rehydration for reference only. Your results may vary.

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