Chicken Tikka Masala @ Saffron in Downtown Los Angeles - recipe please!
September 9, 2009 7:16 PM   Subscribe

Chicken Tikka Masala @ Saffron in Downtown Los Angeles - recipe please!

I'm from NYC (where the good Americanized Indian food is from:) and I do understand that Saffron is not the height of Indian Cuisine.

But their Chicken Chana Daal & Chicken Tikka Masala were outstanding for a small shop next to a McDonald's. Fresh, flavorful (maybe more spice for the masala, but the overall YUM made up for the lack of heat...) I loved it. I want to make this at home!

Specifically, I am interested in the Masala Sauce. It was tomato based. I know that chicken tikka masala is a British riff on traditional Indian food and that there is no "set" recipe.

Give me your favorite Masala recipe. Bonus Points for posting about your fav Indian restaurant in LA. Super Bonus Points if you can shed some light on this particular restaurant's recipe or technique.

posted by jbenben to Food & Drink (7 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
I don't know a recipe, but I'll bet the folks here could get it for you.
posted by SLC Mom at 7:42 PM on September 9, 2009

Best Indian in LA for my money is East India Grill on La Brea. Warning: link autoplays.
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 9:18 PM on September 9, 2009 [1 favorite]

If you're at all interested in cooking Indian food, you need to be reading the awesome food blog Tigers and Strawberries. Here's her chicken tikka masala. (Also, her post on browning onions will change your life. Seriously.)
posted by nebulawindphone at 9:19 PM on September 9, 2009 [5 favorites]

I've used something like that recipe before and it looks like it would make a good Tikka Masala. I have two tips:

1. Make sure the tomatoes are thoroughly drained - you don't want to spend a lot of time boiling off excess liquid.
2. if the flavor isn't rich and punchy enough, use some tomato paste.
posted by borges at 6:40 AM on September 10, 2009

Response by poster: Hi everyone! Thanks for playing;)

I'll attempt to make the dish at home and report back if I have any success....
posted by jbenben at 11:10 AM on September 10, 2009

posted by wayofthedodo at 7:50 PM on September 17, 2009 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Success!!

Please see this question and all the great answers;)

posted by jbenben at 2:35 PM on November 10, 2009

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