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When it comes to tikka masala, people often think about chicken. However, this scrumptious lamb tikka masala is simple to make and tastes incredible! It’s also less expensive and healthier than ordering takeout. This recipe calls for fresh diced lamb, but it may simply be altered to utilize leftover roast lamb. In this article, BestLifeTips also reveal 2 different ways of cooking hearty lamb tikka masala.
Lamb tikka masala calories
Before jumping into cooking tikka masala, it’s best to get to know about this yummy dish’s nutrition. It’s one of the most popular entrees at Indian restaurants. However, the modern recipe for chicken tikka masala, like many other Indian dishes that were originally low fat, is anything but. A standard portion contains 1,249 calories and 90.8 grams of fat. The ghee and heavy cream contribute significantly to this.
Although many people think of lamb as a fatty ingredient, this is not the case. Lamb contains a lot of protein and other nutrients. As a result, you shouldn’t be concerned about the calorie count of the meat.
Furthermore, there are no extra ingredients in this lamb curry to be concerned about. Ginger, in fact, has anti-inflammatory properties and is known to increase metabolism. The level of heat is another thing you can easily control. This lamb tikka masala has a bit of a kick, as does any Indian curry. You can reduce the amount of chilli in the lamb curry recipe.
According to Myfitnesspal.com, you need to burn 894 Cal after a lamb tikka masala meal. That’s equivalent to 5.4 hours of cleaning, 2.2 hours of cycling and 1.5 hours of running. That sounds big, right? However, it’s totally fine if you don’t take it too often.
Lamb tikka masala vs lamb curry
Be conscious about the terms of curry when eating at an Indian restaurant because it means a lot. There are different types of curries in India that differ from each other by the availability of local spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits.
Curries could mean Achari, Balti, Bhuna, Bombay, Biryani, Ceylon and many more. Tikka masala is one of them but this dish is so popular and has many versions that exist up to now. What we do know is that it is made with roasted chunks of marinated chicken (often roasted in a tandoori oven) and is topped with a mildly spicy, orange-hued sauce.
So get to know about Indian curries, and how they taste beforehand is a wise choice. Make sure that you choose the one you would like to taste and later on, don’t make the waiter confused by only say lamb curry.
How to cook lamb tikka masala slow cooker
Simple, easy, and full of flavor, lamb tikka curry is a great way to spice up your week. It’s not at all spicy, so even children will enjoy it! It tastes even better the next day if you have any leftovers. Important Note: Because this is a slow cook recipe, it must be started first thing in the morning. You can also cook for 8 hours in a low oven, around 120°C, in an oven tray covered with foil.
The best part about this lamb tikka masala recipe is that it can be made with almost any cut of lamb. To summarize, there are a few cuts that work particularly well in an Indian curry recipe. These are some examples:
- lamb shoulder
- neck fillets
- fore shanks
- hind shanks
- lamb mince
- 5ml (1 tsp) dried onion powder
- 5ml (1 tsp) ground cumin
- 5ml (1 tsp) ground coriander
- 5ml (1 tsp) paprika
- 10ml (2 tsp) curry powder
- 5ml (1 tsp) dried fenugreek leaves
- 90ml (6 tbsp) tomato paste
- 60ml (4 tbsp) ground almonds
- 15ml (1 tbsp) brown sugar
- 5ml (1 tsp) garam masala
- 250ml (1 cup) single cream
- 90ml (6 tbsp) cilantro, washed and finely chopped
- 30ml (1 tbsp) ghee
- 800g (2lbs) lamb shoulder, cubed
- 30ml (2 tbsp) ground turmeric
- 500ml (2 cups) curry base sauce
- 30ml (2 tbsp) vegetable oil
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
- 2.5cm (1in) fresh ginger, peeled and finely diced
- In a large oven-proof casserole, melt the ghee.
- In the casserole, coat the lamb with turmeric and brown on all sides.
- Pour in the curry base sauce, stir, and cover.
- Simmer on low heat until the meat is tender and cooked. It took about 90 minutes in this case. Place aside.
- In a large frying pan, heat the oil.
- Fry the garlic and ginger for 1 minute over low heat.
- Pour the cooked lamb and sauce into the pan and stir to combine.
- To the lamb, combine the onion powder, cumin, coriander, paprika, curry powder, fenugreek, tomato paste, ground almonds, and brown sugar. Allow the curry to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Combine the cream and garam masala in a mixing bowl. Stir well and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
- Serve with rice, naan, and your favorite Indian side dishes, garnished with cilantro.
How to cook lamb tikka masala instant pot
- 1/2 yellow onion, finely diced
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 (15-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk
- 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated
- 2 tsp ground corriander
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cardamom, optional
- 1/8 tsp saffron threads, optional
- 1 tsp sea salt, to taste
- 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup, optional
- 5 ounces baby spinach
- 2 Tbsp avocado oil
- 2 lbs lamb stew meat
- Plug in your Instant Pot and select Saute. Allow the oil to heat up for a couple of minutes. Brown the lamb stew meat for 2 to 3 minutes, or until it has a nice sear on it.
- Stir in the remaining ingredients, excluding the spinach, in the Instant Pot.
Close the lid and press the Manual button on the Instant Pot. Cook for 15 minutes on high pressure with the vent closed. Allow the Instant Pot to enter natural release mode (keep warm) for 20 minutes. Before opening the lid, manually release any remaining pressure.
- Replace the cover and stir in the spinach. Allow the curry to sit for a few minutes while the spinach wilts.
- Serve the tikka masala with steamed rice, coconut rice or turmeric/saffron rice.
Lamb tikka masala – FAQ
- Is lamb tikka masala spicy?
Lamb masala can be spicy, but this one isn’t. You can reduce the heat by using more sweet paprika for color instead of all chilly powder. The lamb gets its beautiful color from the sweet smoked paprika.
- Can I make lamb tikka masala with coconut yogurt?
Actually, this dish is made with dairy yogurt. In case you’re unavailable for dairy yogurt, you can replace by coconut one. Your dish will have the flavor of coconut and it’s tasty too.
- What the other dishes I can make with lamb?
It’s uncountable! You can take a look at these suggestions below:
– Grilled lamb chops with cilantro chutney
– Lamb biryani
– Lamb rogan josh
– Herb crusted roast leg of lamb
– Slow-cooked lamb with creamy polenta
– Lamb bhuna
- Can I omit the garam masala?
You can omit the garam masala, but the warm spice flavors will be missing. However, you can use at least 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder, 1/4 tsp cardamom powder, and 1/4 tsp clove powder.
For best results, serve the lamb tikka masala in a traditional curry dish. It goes well with steamed basmati rice, naan, rotis, and other traditional Indian side dishes. Give BestLifeTips a thumb up if you find it helpful and return often for more cooking tips.