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What Is The Difference Between Tikka Masala and Garam Masala

Jul 26, 2022

While both Tikka Masala and Garam Masala are sometimes consider Indian spices, they are vastly different. There are many differences between tikka masala and garam masala. One is chicken or tofu that is cooked in a cream based sauce, while the other is five to ten different spices together that make an incredible deep spice blend.

What is Tikka Masala?

Tikka Masala is a popular Indian dish that consists of chicken, tofu or lamb pieces cooked in a creamy sauce. It is one of the most popular dishes from the Mughlai cuisine and has become popular worldwide as well. Today, Tikka Masala is offered in almost every Indian restaurant across the globe. Tikka Masala is a SugarRoti favorite, simply use Chicken Nu spice blend, with your protein and coconut or yogurt and you will have yourself a home-made tikka masala meal.

What is Garam Masala?

Garam Masala is translated to "hot spice mix" in India and is a blend of whole aromatic spices used in many Indian dishes like biryani & curries. Garam masala is mixed using different spices based on regions in India. Garam masala adds flavor and aroma to dishes. Use the perfect amount of garam masala when making your beef curry by using in our SugarRoti’s Beef Nu Spice pre-measured blend.

The Origin Of Garam Masala

Garam means “hot” in Hindi, but it also refers to the process of cooking whole spices until they pop or crackle. This word comes from the Persian language and is used in India to refer to any mixture of spices, including cumin, cardamom, and cinnamon. Garam masala was traditionally used in northern India as a seasoning for meat dishes such as kebabs.

The Origin Of Tikka Masala

Tikka masala has a complicated past, and its origins are debated. Some believe that it was invented in 1970 by a Bangladeshi chef in Scotland, while others are not so convinced. The origin of this dish can be traced back to Moti Mahal restaurant in Delhi, but its popularity can be attributed to the British, who adapted this recipe and made it their own.

Chicken tikka or beef curry for dinner? Both of these Indian dishes are perfect for summer and SugarRoti has the blends covered for you. These dishes are versatile enough that everyone will love them.   


“But if you mix spices judiciously and sparingly – as you would mix yellow and blue to make green – you get a wholly unexpected and beautiful flavor.” –Clifford Cohen