Lina Gautam's recipe as seen on the Today Show.


  • for marination:
  • 4 chicken brest cut into cubes
  • 5 tblsp natural yoghurt
  • 0.5 tsp turmeric powder
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp plain masala (cumin and coriander powder)
  • 0.5 tsp chilli powder or to your taste
  • 4-5 cloves garlic crushed or grated
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • for the sauce:
  • 3 tblsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp salt or to your taste
  • 3-4 cloves garlic grated or crushed
  • 1 tsp grated or crushed ginger
  • 1 tsp plain masala (cumin and coriander powder)
  • 400 gm of chopped tin tomato
  • 2 tblsp cashewnuts
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tblsp fresh cream (opt)
  • handful of fresh coriander chopped


  • First marinate the chicken and leave it at least for 15 minutes or 2-3 hrs if time allows.
  • Preheat the grill to 300 degree and place the marinated chicken pieces on the tray and cook under the grill for about 10 minutes.
  • Mean time heat the oil and fry cumin seeds for 5 seconds .
  • Add chopped onion with turmeric, salt , garlic ,ginger and plain masala . cook in a medium heat for about a minute until onion gets bit soft.
  • Add tomato, cashew nuts , sugar and mix together.
  • Transfer the sauce into a blender and give it a quick blast to make a smooth and velvety paste.
  • Transfer back to the pot with extra ½ cup to 1 cup of hot water to make the sauce bit runny and cook for about a minute or so
  • Now add the grilled chicken and let it cook in the sauce for about another 2 minutes.
  • Add garam masala, cream (if using) and finish it with fresh coriander and serve hot with fluffy rice or hot naan.

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