An easy homemade chicken tikka masala, with homemade curry paste and healthy side dishes
Most of the time I feel bad about this as it usually means I end up in my local curry take away. However, when its homemade from scratch and I know exactly whats gone in it; I can enjoy a wonderful curry, full of flavour with less that 500 calories, and only 2.2g of saturates! – I declare it shall be curry night every night!! 🙂
Now the other issue tends to be the side orders; ranging from mushroom fried rice to huge naan breads. Oh and don’t forget the deep fried samosas. But, never fear as I also have a lovely pilau rice recipe and a fantastic wholemeal roti breads recipe, which go perfectly with this dish and help to keep it somewhere in the region of healthy. Obviously it bumps up the calories a bit but it keeps the fat down and the fibre high. So if your after a full on curry night that isn’t soaked in oil, and won’t make you feel too fat and guilty; then read on 🙂
In my opinion the best way to cut down on fat and saturates in a curry is to reduce the oil (or ghee) and replace things like coconut milk with fat free yogurt.
In this recipe I have used fat free yogurt and ground almonds, which adds a bit of creaminess and minimises saturate fats whilst boosting the “good fat” content.
In addition I like to make my own curry paste from scratch, so I know exactly what has gone into this dish from start to finish. The paste is also really easy to make and can be stored in jars in the fridge for up to a month.
If you like your chicken tikka curry super hot then increase the chilli content or sprinkle in some hot chilli powder or Tabasco sauce.
And if Chicken isn’t your thing when it comes to curry then you can replace it with lamb or beef or even take out the meat completely and use courgettes, aubergines and sweet potatoes instead to make a wonderful veggie curry.