Malai Tikka Gravy

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Serves 4-5

One of the tastiest, creamiest, most delicious chicken dishes I've ever made!  I served the dish with parathas/chapatis. But it can go well with naans too.

Recipe courtesy of Fati Naz

Ingredients for Chicken Marinade
1 kg
chicken, skinless cut into 10-12 pcs with slits
-Marinate the chicken in the ingredients below covered in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight without tenderizer.
3 tbsp.
full thick yoghurt
3 tbsp.
fresh cream
1 tbsp.
fresh ginger garlic paste
2 tbsp.
tandoori masala
1 tsp.
red chilli powder
1 tsp.
paprika powder
1/2 tsp.
fresh fenugreek
1 tsp.
garam masala
1 tsp.
finely crushed cumin
1 tsp.
finely crushed coriander
2 tsp
1/2 tsp.
meat tenderizer
(skip this if you are marinating overnight)
2 tbsp.
lemon juice
2 tbsp.
melted butter or ghee
Ingredients for Sauce
4 tbsp butter + 1/4 cup oil
(I later drained the excess oil)
1 tsp.
ginger garlic paste
tomatoes, finely chopped
salt to taste
green chillies, sliced
1/2 cup
fresh cream

Pre-heat oven at 200C and grill the chicken. Place the chicken pieces on an oiled oven grill & keep an oven tray underneath to catch any drippings which will be used later in the sauce. Grill the chicken pieces on both sides, for about 8-10 min per side or until slightly charred.

In a large pan, on medium heat, melt the butter then add the oil.

Add the ginger & garlic,1 green chilli and fry for a few seconds.

Add in the chopped tomatoes and cook until all the water from the tomatoes dries up.

Add the grilled chicken, the remaining marinade and drippings, salt and green chilli.

Keep on low heat, covered & cook for 10 minutes.

Add the cream and cook for another 2-3 min.

Serve hot!



I cannot write enough praises for this recipe. I make this in most of my parties and it is liked and praised by every single person. I have been asked for this recipe many times. Thank you so much Fauzia for this one! Jazakallah Khair.

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About 5-6 medium ones depending on size.

Assalamu alaikum! Thanks for your recipes. My oven is not working unfortunately. Does this recipe taste just as good when cooked in the pressure cooker? Thanks in advance. :)

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W/Salaam, have never tried this recipe in a pressure cooker. Do let me know how it turns out if you do.

Absolutely delicious! Taste better than my favourite dish: Chicken tikka massala...

i love your recipes,i made 2nd time malai tikka gravy and the taste is always you sister....Jzk

l would kindly like to know what type of yoghurt is used for cooking, can l use one of the different flavors on the market? thank you in advance

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Best to use plain natural yoghurt in cooking, not the flavoured ones.

how is paprika different from pepper powder. pls lemme knw .

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Paprika is basically powdered capsicum/bell-pepper. Reddish in colour. Pepper powder is your basic black or white pepper, powdered.

Faouzia you rock

Assalamu alaikum wb. Is fenugreek methi leaves? Jazakillah sister Fauzia for making cooking a funfilled activity :-)

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W/Salaam, yes it is and thank you! :)

Hello Fauzia,

Can you use boneless chicken for this recipe?

I tried this today and it turned out delicious!

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Yes you can use the paprika powder and yes jeera and dhana powder is correct.

Salaam is this same as butter chicken ?

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W/Salaam, this is slightly different.

Hi how many tomatoes is 300 gm

Assalam aleikum Fauzia, thank u so much for all the recipes, I'll never stop thanking u cz ur such a wonderful person. I made it today no it turned out so nice, was liked by all. BLess u!

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W/Salaam, single cream.

Sallam, just wanted to no if u use double or single cream???

Dear i just wantd to know,is it ok if i just bake it in d oven(bcz i never used d grill option ) or can i fry it lighty?

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You can but baking would risk the chicken drying out. Grilling is best as it seals the meat. You can fry it lightly.

What exactly is cream?

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Please google to see the definition.

can we use heavy whipping cream? If not, please let us know which cream can we exactly use?

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Yes you can, dilute it with milk first though so it is thinner in consistency.

Hi Fauzia. I tried ur Rose Rolls and they turned out just too delicious and perfect. thanks a ton for the yummy recipe.

Salaam..i have Shama Gold ‘sweet’ paprika pwder..can i use it?n is finely crushed cumin n coriander- jira n dhana pwder??pls reply..

Thank you so much. I've got married recently and am using your recipe almost everyday to cook.

asak...fauzia u said add the remaning marinade...u
mean the sause which we made rite.. need to add tht wth
the chicken rite.. thank u...

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W/Salaam, yes exactly.

wat if we dont grill the chicken and just cook it normal is that k

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Results will not be the same.

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The cream used in cooking. You can use any cream you have, if it is a heavy cream just dilute it with some milk to lighten it slightly.

What excactlly is fresh cream? Is there a substitue for this, please advice

A/alaykum can i make cream at home,if yes how! Thanx.

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W/Salaam, sorry I have never tried making cream at home.

Hi Fauzia,

What kind of tandoori masala do u use? ive tried a few of the boxed ones from the supermarket, but none of them taste good.

Thank you!

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Hi, I prefer Natco tandoori masala.

Aslam walekum
I dont want to put cream and but
My mom have allergy with cream and butter
So what can i do

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W/Salaam, best to try a different recipe then, as these two are the main ingredients for this recipe.

salaam fauzia..trying dis recipe today Inshallah..can i use dried kasuri methi instead of fresh ones ..also can i use shaan tandoori masala..natco not available in india..please reply asap as i hav to make this today..jazakallahu khair..

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W/Salaam, yes shan is fine. :)

I tried this recipe and it was awesome. Thanks

aoa!i lyk ur all recps plz want to know if i dont have oven then how i grilled my ckicken plz plz tel me
jazakallah ho khairan

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W/Salaam, someone mentioned that she used a pan to cook the chicken until done. You can try that.

hi fauzia...just tried this.... great!! thanks