Saucy Beef Tikka Masala
1 lb beef steak, cubed
½ tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
¾ tsp salt
Butter for sauté
3 garlic cloves, minced
1” fresh ginger, minced
1 c cherry tomatoes, quartered
3 tbsp tomato paste
Splash of water
1 – 2 tbsp garam masala, divided (you may not use both)
1 tsp paprika
½ tsp chili flakes (more if you like)
½ c whip cream
½ c plain yogurt
Handful cilantro, roughly chopped
1 c basmati rice
A saucy dish loaded with flavor!
There are many regional variations of Tikka Masala – here’s our take on this traditional dish!
Step by Step Instructions
Place the beef cubes into a bowl with a drizzle of olive oil, the cumin, coriander, and salt. Use your hands to toss the beef through the seasoning until evenly coated. Melt about 1 tbsp butter in a heavy skillet over medium high heat and sear the cubed beef on all sides then remove the beef from the pan and set aside.
Add a little more butter to the pan and sauté the onion until golden, about 5 minutes. Once the onion is done, start the rice and cook it to package instructions.
When the rice is on the go add the ginger and garlic to the pan with the onion and sauté for 30 seconds, then add 1 tbsp of garam masala, paprika, chili flakes, and tomato paste and sauté 1 minute more.
Add the cherry tomatoes and a splash of water to the pan and bring to a gentle boil for about 10 minutes, until the sauce begins to thicken. Next add the beef back to the pan along with the whip cream and yogurt and continue a gentle boil for about 5 minutes. Correct the seasoning to your taste with a bit more garam masala ( if needed), salt, and pepper. If the sauce seems too thin bring the heat up for a few minutes and let the sauce reduce.
Once the consistency of the sauce and the seasoning are to your liking stir in most of the chopped cilantro (reserve a bit to garnish). Share the rice over 4 shallow bowls and top each bowl with the Tikka Masala. Garnish with a smattering of fresh cilantro, then sit down and enjoy the exotic eastern flavors that you have pulled together for this amazing dinner!