Recipe Review

Help Me Make a Restaurant-Style Tikka Masala Sauce

updated May 2, 2019
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Q: I’m looking for a restaurant-style tikka masala (and/or butter masala) sauce recipe to pour over homemade paneer.

I’ve tried dozens with no luck; they’re always either sickly sweet, too thick or too thin, or don’t have the right balance of spices. My boyfriend and I prefer it to be on the medium-spicy side. Please help?

Sent by Megan

Editor: Megan, Emma really liked this tikka masala recipe from Pioneer Woman:

• Chicken Tikka Masala from The Pioneer Woman

That sauce may be worth a try! Also, while I apologize for being horribly self-promotional, there is an oven chicken curry in my book, Not Your Mother’s Casseroles, that is based squarely on a restaurant tikka masala or butter masala. The sauce turns out quite similar, and you could add chunks of firm paneer instead of chicken. You may be able to find the recipe by searching on Google Books.

Readers, any thoughts for Megan? Recipe recommendations?

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