Main definitions of tikka masala in English

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tikka masala1

noun

mass noun
  • An Indian-style dish of small pieces of meat (typically chicken) in a creamy sauce mildly flavoured with spices.

    ‘an enticing plate of chicken tikka masala’
    count noun ‘we got some garlic naan, two tikka masalas, and the basmati rice’

Origin

1970s: from tikka + masala; although influenced by Indian cuisine, the dish is thought to have originated in South Asian restaurants in Britain.

Main definitions of tikka masala in English

: tikka masala1tikka masala2

tikka masala2

noun

mass noun
  • A dish of meat (usually chicken) cooked in a sauce of mixed spices, influenced by Indian cuisine but originating either in the United Kingdom or United States; (also) the sauce itself. Frequently as postpositive, esp in "chicken tikka masala".

Origin

1970s; earliest use found in The New York Times. From tikka + masala.