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October 17th, 2010Uncategorizedeataduckimust 103 Comments

Chicken Tikka Masala Pizza

Chicken Tikka Masala Pizza

Over the last year, we’ve been getting to know and love Anupy Singla- TV reporter/mother/cookbook author.  It all started when we stumbled upon her food blog asking for taste testers for her upcoming book on authentic yet healthy Indian recipes, made in a slow cooker.  How can we say no to free Indian food?!  We quickly volunteered for this gig and over the next few months we got to taste and (photograph for fun) some amazing Indian food including butter chicken and rajmah, sambhar and keemaaloo gobi and kheer.  Another key element to her recipes is that she eliminates much of the saturated fats typically required in Indian cooking.  With it’s long cooking time and best of all with little to no supervision, all the spices cook deep into the dish and the flavors are unbelievable.  This is perfect for the mom on the go who still wants to create healthy dishes for her family, a poor college student without a real kitchen and for anyone who just loves Indian food.

The Indian Slow Cooker by Anupy Singla

Fast forward a whole year and we’re happy to announce that Anupy’s book is now in publication.  We were more than ecstatic to receive our very own copy of The Indian Slow Cooker: 50 Healthy, Easy, Authentic Recipes.  With recipes that appeal to all (to vegans, vegetarians as well as meatlovers), this was definitely a great and much needed addition to our cookbook collection.  Anupy introduces and explains in great detail the different spices vital to every Indian kitchen.  She also gives great tips on picking out and using a slow cooker.

Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

So for this particular Project Food Blog challenge where we were asked to rethink a traditional pizza, we pulled out the Chicken Tikka Masala recipe from Anupy’s book and decided to turn that into a pizza of sorts.

Chicken Tikka Masala Marinade Mix

Marinade Mix for the Chicken

Chicken Tikka Masala Ingredients

Ingredients for the Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala Ingredients

Gently Crush the Cardamom Pods

The beauty of this recipe is that all of those ingredients you see in the last 2 photos (minus the cardamom pods) are thrown into a food processor and then immediately combined with the marinated chicken into the slow cooker.  That’s it folks!

Chicken Tikka Masala Ingredients Pizza

This dish on it’s own is amazing.  The sauce made our house smell incredible and our tastebuds oh so happy.  The only thing we did different was grill the chicken separately before putting it into the dish (that’s more about us wanting it to photograph well.  ha!).

To turn it into a pizza, we made our own naan as the pizza base.  (For those of you on the go, you can pick up naan- we’ve seen some at Whole Foods and sometimes in the frozen section of an Asian supermarket). We rarely bake bread so this was definitely new to us.  We even had to run out and borrow a rolling pin!

Naan Dough

Yeast and Flour; Ahhh I love our standing mixer

Naan Dough



Dustin’ the surface

Naan Dough

Cuttin’ the dough

Naan Dough

Rollin’ the Dough

Grilling Naan

Grillin’ the Naan

To assemble, Jared layered Anupy’s chicken tikka masala as the sauce and protein.  And in addition, he roasted thinly sliced red onions and roma tomatoes for some additional toppings texture.  We took a bite out of it and we impressed even ourselves!

Chicken Tikka Masala PizzaDrizzlin’ extra yogurt


2 cups of tikka masala sauce (Recipe from The Indian Slow Cooker)
1 cup of marinade for chicken (Recipe from The Indian Slow Cooker)
2 chicken breast
1/2 large red onion (cut into wedges)
2 roma tomatoes
plain yogurt
cilantro (chopped)
4 pieces of naan (recipe from the little red house)


  • Marinate the chicken overnight in the fridge
  • Season the chicken with salt
  • Grill the chicken on high heat with the lid open for 3 minutes, flip the chicken and grill on low heat with the lid closed for 7 minutes.
  • Cut the tomatoes cross wise
  • Cut the red onion into thin wedges
  • Coat the tomatoes and onion wedges with olive oil and bake for 20 minutes in a 350 degrees oven or until caramelized
  • If you are using store bought naan, warm it in the oven first
  • To serve, ladle tikka masala sauce over the naan and spread it evenly
  • Add the chicken pieces, caramelized onion and roasted tomatoes
  • Sprinkle with chopped cilantro
  • Drizzle with some plain yogurt

Chicken Tikka Masala Pizza

[Vote for us here!  Voting ends Thursday October 21st 8pm CST!]

The Indian Slow Cooker Cookbook Giveaway!

Oh are you still here?  Yes, that’s right, you were here for the giveaway!  ;) Agate Publishing has generously offered 5 cookbooks to give away to you lucky readers.  In order for you to enter the contest, leave a comment on this blog post about why Anupy Singla’s The Indian Slow Cooker would make a great addition to your cookbook collection and be sure to use your email address so we can contact you.

*Bonus: For an extra giveaway entry, follow us on twitter (@eataduckimust and @indianapplepie) and tweet this post, share it on facebook or let your readers know about it on your own blog.  Make sure you let us know in your comment that you’ve done so and we’ll add extra entries for you in this contest!  The giveaway ends midnight CST on Thursday October 21st, and we’ll announce the 5 lucky winners this Friday October, 22nd.

If you’re determined to get this cookbook (and you should be!) whether you win or not, head on over to Anupy’s website at www.indianasapplepie.com for more information or buy it straight from Amazon.

*The cookbook giveaway is now closed.  Thank you everyone for all the amazing responses!  We’ve tallied all the comments including all the extra points for tweets and facebook posts.  Congratulations to the following commenters:


We’ll be contacting you later today to get your mailing addresses.  Happy Cooking!

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  • http://www.imadedinner.net Mara @ What’s For Dinner?

    Gorgeous, delicious… I can’t even imagine how amazing your place smelled while cooking this one! Great take on challenge 5!!!

    • http://eataduckimust.com Eataduckimust

      Thanks Mara, good luck to you as well.

      • Pizza

        i love pizza, this is awesome I love using my crockpot and Indian food is something I never get around to making. This would be a great addition to my collection.

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  • http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/ Lisa

    What a delicious idea for a pizza. Great way to incorporate an Indian spin into the whole thing.

  • ashley

    Ohhhh my word. Amazing!! The naan recipe from the little red house is superb. You have such perfect grill marks too. :) Love how you made Indian food look fresh + colorful! Good luck!!!!

    • Anonymous

      thanks! actually, jared was inspired by your blog when you made naan, so thanks for cluing us into this recipe! :)

  • Michael Yee

    Love Indian food but naan at home has always frustrated me… any pointers?

    • Anonymous

      Hey Michael! We aren’t bread baking experts, though true naan is made in a tandoor oven. I presume that is why it never tastes as good at home :)

  • Tracie

    yum! i totally want to make this now! does the sauce stay on well though? (like, thick enough like pizza sauce?) i don’t think i’d have the patience to put the pizza together- i’d just eat everything once the naan was done!

    • Anonymous

      Yes, the sauce stays on. You can make it thicker by reducing the sauce. Just remember to season with salt when you achieve the right consistency.

  • May

    I heart Indian Food in a slow cooker! And I heart the Zhao’s +1!

  • Ksbondi13

    Mmmm! I have loved everything that I have made from her website. Can’t wait to try making naan at home; I could just skip the entrees and just eat the naan at Indian restaurants. Sounds like a great new experiment. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Susana

    “a poor college student without a real kitchen” — unfortunately, this describes my life. My roommate and I both love Indian food and I’d love to be able to cook up something authentic for us in our tiny little kitchen :)

  • Anonymous

    The pizza looks great, especially the yogurt drizzle is so smart. I would love that cookbook, too. I have only recently started cooking Indian food and I so enjoy it. I need a good go-to Indian cookbook.

  • http://twitter.com/staceyballis Stacey Ballis

    I just got my first slow cooker, and have been dipping a toe in the waters. I know very little about Indian cuisine, but my boyfriend is a big fan, so I would love to learn some simple dishes to make for him!

    • Anonymous

      The recipes are really easy to follow. Once you have the spices and ingredients, you let the slow cooker do all the work.

  • Alisa

    It looks wonderful! I can just imagine how delicious this must be like.

  • blackeyedsusan

    as a slow cooker crazy grad student eating slow cooker recipes is probably my favorite part of being in school, but eataduckimust have a book, to continue growing my repetoire of edible slowcookingdelecacies! thanks and bon apetit!

  • http://www.cookingworld.biz Pam @ Kitchen Cookware

    Never had Chicken Tikka Masala Pizza, or any Indian curry pizza before. But, I love Indian food, and thanks for review of this book and recipe, I would have to check it out. It is on Amazon?

  • Barbara

    I love Indian food but didn’t know there was a book for the Indian slow cooker, it’s really exciting!
    ricettebarbare at gmail dot com

  • Cher

    This looks so amazing! I have to get that cookbook, since Indian food is one of my family’s favourite cuisines and with 5 kids and 2 parents going a million places at once, my slow-cooker is an honoured appliance :) What an amazing cookbook idea!

    • Cher

      Forgot my email address. chersaunders at gmail dot com

  • Billie

    I love your photos (especially of the flour dusting sequence). Great job guys! Is this all done with natural light?

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Billie, yes all the photos were shot in natural light.

  • Marilyn C Rush

    I just fell in love with Indian food in the past year. I would love to win this cookbook!

  • http://twitter.com/MelissaHui Melissa Hui

    Hello Eat a Duck I Must! First off, I loved this Chicken Tikka Masla pizza and it’s use of naan as the “pizza crust”. Brilliantly clever and makes me wonder what types of other breads could be used :) Anupy Singla’s cookbook would be such a fantastic addition to my cookbook collection because my significant other is a dashing young man who happens to be Indian American and have been meaning to learn cooking from his mother whose been my best teacher in preparing Indian cuisine. However, she lives on the east coast while I live in the midwest, so we don’t get to see each other much. Having a cookbook like this would help supplement my learning and understanding :)

    Keep up the wonderful posts!

    PS: Shared this post on Twitter with friends :D

  • Amelia from Z Tasty Life

    I like your take on pizza. Or should I say Naan-za? :) it’s great because it goes along with your culinary heritage. Well written entry!

    (P.s. I have a tough time perfecting Indian cuisine and I think The Indian Slow Cooker would be a good place for me to approach some Indian classics)

  • http://www.amykim.com/whatsfordinner Amy K.

    I would love to add this book to my collection! It combines two of my many “favorites” in cooking….a slow cooker and Indian cuisine! My spice collection just doubled last month so I could experiment more with this cuisine so I’m ready! My email: info [at] amykim [dot] com.

  • Jenniferlcarollo

    Sounds delish! I would love it because I’m super busy and love slow cooker meals plus indian food is my favorite but I’ve only cooked a few things becuase good recipes are hard to come by. jenniferlcarollo at gmail dot com

  • Sunny

    I really shouldn’t read your blog so long before lunch… that pizza looks amazing.

    Looking forward to the cook book either way, would be nice to have recipes rather than my mom saying “oh just a little bit of this and some of that” with no real measurements!

  • http://www.houstonima.blogspot.com Houston Ima

    Hey Alice – another Beaumont 3 neighbor of yours here – this book sound terrific since we love Indian food here as much as we love our crockpot. I will definitely mention this book on my blog, plus hope really really hard I win since my bday is Oct. 21 and it would make for a sweet bday present. :-) I would like to see how I can make the recipes kosher-friendly. Beautiful photos.

    • Anonymous

      Ilanit!!!! Thank you so much for coming to visit our blog! We need to catch up! :)

  • http://twitter.com/ohsheglows ohsheglows

    This is so beautiful. Great work!

  • Ian H

    I love Chicken Tikka Masala, and I love Pizza, so how can this be wrong! This would be such a great addition to my cookbook collection because I love Indian food, but Never think I have time to make it. But a slow cooker? Are you kidding me? I love it!

  • Magic

    My family and I have just recently discovered Indian Food. My Husband and son are picky eaters so I was thrilled that they too loved the flavors and spices. I made Chicken Tikka Masala just last weekend and it was so good but kind of time consuming. I would love to have this cookbook so we can try different indian recipes and feel good about what we were eating.

  • Anonymous

    Nicely done! I was in Japan for this challenge and half considered using prebaked naan for my crust and doing an indian pizza since no one has ovens in Japan. Congrats on making it to round 5 (I’ve voted for you guys every round), and good luck!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Marc, looks like you did okay without the use of an oven. Good luck to you as well.

  • http://chefwanabe.com Anna

    What a great idea. I absolutely love Chicken Tikka Masala. Makes totally sense to me to have it on a pizza. Great pictures.

  • Lisa~Koreanamericanmommy

    Absolutely beautiful! I love Indian any which way you make it. Nicely done. Voted.

  • Karen C.

    Wow, this looks great! Can’t wait to try. BTW, trader joe’s carries a garlic naan that would be divine for this recipe.

  • Blair

    The reason I think this would be a fabulous addition is because my husband and I are trying new ways to use our slow cooker. Plus, Indian food is one of my picky eater (must be the Austrian in him) son’s favorite foods to eat.

  • http://messycook.blogspot.com Atomicgolfcart

    Yum! When I was planning my entry, one of the ideas I tossed around was an indian-inspired chicken pizza (though I was thinking more tandoori than tikka masala)… after seeing your gorgeous entry, though, I’m really glad I went in a different direction. It totally knocks the pants off anything I could’ve done. :)
    Great job. You’re totally rocking this PFB stuff.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks, and best of luck to you in this round.

  • Leila

    i always look forward to your posts, such beautiful work! your use of indian flavors for this challenge are exciting and well executed. great job as always!
    Leila @ My Barbarian Table

  • http://twitter.com/sippitysup sippitysup

    I have probably said this before to you during this competition, but I am really growing to love this blog. I will continue to save one of my votes for you. GREG

  • http://eatlittleeatbig.blogspot.com Susiebeeonmaui

    I’m just moving into Indian Cooking-would love the book, I’m sure it would be a big asset!


  • Susan

    It looks very yummy! You have my vote, but you can keep your cookbook. I do love my slow cooker, but I do not think Indian cooking would fly in my family! :) ($0.32)

    • Anonymous

      co-workers are excluded from the giveaways. please read the fine prints next time. =)

  • Mangaraj

    I am a blessed Indian mother of two who fortunately married a good Irish boy that loves Indian food. I probably have every “good” Indian cookbook out there except one that involves a slow cooker. Having been raised by an Indian mother and aunts that cook the old fashioned way, I would love to find a cookbook that can help get nutritious, hearty Indian food on the table without the hours of preparation. I would LOVE to have this book. Thank you.

  • http://www.theyoungfoodie.blogspot.com The Young Foodie

    Once again a feast for the eyes and gastronomic perfection! You get a VOTE from me! Again! Hopefully see you in Round 6! :-)

    The Young Foodie


  • http://leftoversforlunch.com Leah

    I adore Indian food! Would love to get my hands on that cookbook! Love my slow cooker, too!

  • Kaye

    Indian food is the best! Imagine how wonderful the house will smell of hours while it slow cooks away!

  • Tiffany F

    I love Indian food and I love my crockpot. This is a match made in delicious heaven.

  • Liz Lazear

    I’d love to have this cookbook because I have a slow cooker thats never been used – this would be a great way for me to break it in! I also tweeted this post and shared it on Facebook!

  • Joan

    We enjoy Indian food here and I’d love to have some Indian recipes for my slow cooker. It’s so nice to come home after a hard day of work and find my supper ready and waiting in the slow cooker.
    joosbornenc at yahoo dot com

  • Amy Kelly

    I really love Indian food and I’m always looking for more recipes that utilize my slow cooker! The Indian Slow Cooker sounds like a fantastic cookbook!

  • http://takethoufood.com Sean

    Ugh…two of my top (enter # here) favorite dishes – pizza and tikka masala. Together. Is this allowed? I feel like it’s against the law in some states to make something that sounds and looks this good…

    I like how the naan is grilled too :)

  • Nhiro

    LOVE Indian food. Chicken Tikka Masala is one of my favorite things to make. Very intrigued by this recipe in pizza form.

  • Snowmomma

    Love, love, love Indian food, and love, love, love my slow cooker. The cookbook sounds like a marriage made in heaven. Thanks.

  • http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com Reeni

    The pizza looks absolutely delicious! Love the fusion of Italian and Indian! I have a new crockpot and would love to win the book – it’s a cuisine I don’t have much experience cooking and would love to learn more. Good luck in this round!

  • Anonymous

    The photography is sick!! wow! You guys… that’s it. I’m in this competition with you but i’m rooting for you to win. Great recipe, incredible photos. Wow. And i mean wow.

    • Anonymous

      hahha that is funny since we are rooting for you to win.

  • Meghan

    omg delicious, you certainly have my vote! I would love this cookbook..mostly because I am OBSESSED with Indian food but too intimidated to try and cook it..

  • http://twitter.com/JunBelen Jun Belen

    Gorgeous photographs…. love the action shots!! And what could go wrong with tikka masala… perfect pizza remix! Wonderfully done!

  • http://www.youfedababychili.com/ Ben

    Your photographs are always stunning. Love that you used fresh tomatoes for the masala. I bet I’ve never had it that way. Nice work!

    • Anonymous

      these were end of the season tomatoes, so the flavor is very deep. We also roasted some as a topping and it was delicious.

  • http://kathdedon.wordpress.com/ Kath

    You should definitely move on to the next level with your amazing pizza! You got my vote!

    And I would dearly love to have the cookbook! I love Indian food, and I would love to try the recipes in my slow cooker.

  • KMichelle

    This sounds amazing! Great idea for a pizza remix Indian-style!!

    I would love to have a copy of this cookbook, since I’ve found that Indian food can be very time-consuming to prepare, but I love to eat it anyway!!

  • http://www.joyfulreverie.com/ Tamanna

    wow! this is so amazing and i never saw such a cute presentation of naan pizza! love the pictures. =)

  • Melanie

    With winter approaching, my slow cooker is about to be dusted off and put to near-daily use! To that end, this cookbook would help me add some much-needed variety to my repertoire! And this pizza looks AMAZING!

  • Rachel

    Wow! Such gorgeous photos of a yummy sounding recipe. I’m vegetarian, so I’m sure I’d tweak it a bit, but I love Indian cuisine and my slow cooker mostly spends its time taking up cabinet space, so I should get it out and get cooking!

  • http://ediblecville.blogspot.com Libby

    I’m totally voting for you. 1) That pizza looks amazing 2) I’m a slow cooker maven and I NEED this book :)

  • Erin

    I’m sure everyone is posting on this, that cookbook looks amazing. I don’t usually have much luck winning things but I thought I’d give it a try since Indian food is one of my husbands favorites! (mine too) The one reason why i think this cookbook would be an amazing addition to those I already have is becuase I LOVE slow cooker books, and one full of Indian recipes would just beat all! :) I added both of you on twitter! I love following cooking people! :) I also voted and twittered about this blog :)

    Good luck on the project food blog contest, I’ll be cheering for you!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Erin, even if you don’t win, you can always purchase this book. It is a good cookbook and we will be using it a lot this winter.

      • Erin

        I already told my husband it’s on the Christmas list ;)

  • Cee

    I’ve started working 10 hour days, and have begun relying on my slow cooker more. I would love to try out the recipes in this cookbook! Thank you so much!
    ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

  • http://thekitchenbitch.wordpress.com TheKitchenB_tch

    I LOVE making Indian food and I finally collected all the spices. Plus, my slow cooker needs a workout! I tweeted about the contest as well (@thekitchenb_tch)

  • http://frombatoparis.blogspot.com Frombuenosairestoparis

    This post is impeccable, both from culinary and photographic point of view!

  • calliet

    Love love love Indian food and if I can prepare it in a slow cooker, I will be over the moon!

  • Ken│hungry rabbit

    The love of Indian food makes me want to shamelessly lick the screen. So, please let me have the book so I can make my own and keep my computer clean.

  • http://twitter.com/SweetGalit Sweet Galit

    wow , beautiful post! I want to make it!

    • Anonymous

      You can invite us over to help you eat it!!

  • http://twitter.com/riceandwheat angi c

    Delicious! You have added two more things to my wishlist: that cookbook and a slow cooker. :) I can almost smell the spices coming off the photos, which are gorgeous as usual. Now if only I can find some chicken tikka masala for lunch…

  • http://savorysweetliving.blogpost.com Savory Sweet Living

    I look forward to reading your entry each week to see what you have in store for us, and as an Indian food lover, so glad to see your chicken tikka masala pizza. It looks delicious and hope to try this recipe one day. Once again you’ve got my vote, see you in the next round!

  • http://www.simplemathbakery.com Jeanne

    Brilliant concept for pizza! You definitely have a vote from me! I’m a lover of Indian food but a little intimidated to try cooking it on my own. Ms. Singla’s book would be the perfect way for me to start experimenting with Indian cooking. I love using my slow cooker and always love to try out new flavors!

  • http://darjeelingdreams.blogspot.com/ Indie.tea

    The cookbook sounds like a great one, useful even for someone like me (I’m Indian-American) that is familiar with cooking Indian food. And I’m dying over your chicken tikka masala pizza – it sounds incredible!

  • Amanda

    I would love this book as it combines my favourite type of cooking with my favourite method of cooking. And I would love to impress my Indian friends by cooking something for them that they haven’t taught me to cook.

  • Madeleine

    Chicken tikka masala is my favorite Indian dish! I, however, is clueless when it comes to cooking Indian food so this would be a perfect addition to my cookbook collection!

  • SoPat

    I needed a good reason to get a slow cooker…and this might be why, since I should probably start (slow) cooking dinner :)

  • http://www.eatdrinknrock.com Ayantika

    the tandoori chicken pizza makes me real hungry….love ur innovation, we have the naan & tandoori chicken separately…I am an indian by birth and blogger by choice and also I have a slow cooker..To make use of all 3 I would love to have the book..

  • http://www.beantownbaker.com Jen @ BeantownbBaker.com

    I love using my crockpot and Indian food is something I never get around to making. This would be a great addition to my collection

  • Tracy

    Love Indian food! I’ve been looking for a good Indian cookbook – this would be a great addition to my cookbook collection!

  • http://www.katom.com Katom

    i love pizza, this is awesome

  • http://www.chewonthatblog.com Sophia

    Yum, I love a good chicken dinner recipe. I just made a chicken casserole the other day. It’s called Artichoke Olive Chicken Bake. I loved it! I’m going to put your recipe on my “To-Make” list, too!

  • Rosebuttons

    I’m working my way through my “660 Curries” right now, but my slow cooker is my favorite kitchen appliance, so this cookbook is a dream-come-true way to combine my two loves: slow cooker + Indian cooking!!

  • chitra

    what a cute idea. I made a pizza with tandoori paneer and mint chutney which also came out quite nice – http://abcdsofcooking.blogspot.com/2009/11/pizza-party.html

  • Binap

    Ok here goes so i wana make ras malai any tips?? im about to get married and want to make that as a desert for my inlaws…let me know thank you :) also maybe i have a copy of the book so i can make the delicious cuisines :) i can do most but needa sharpen up on few things

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  • http://www.chennaimoms.com/doctors Chennaimoms

    yummy n tempting chicken tikka ,must try it..

  • Adriana

    Slow masala nos vuelve a la cocina natural donde los colores y sabores nos sorprenden

  • Pizza

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  • http://www.unnatisilks.com/ Unnatisilks dotcom

    Wow…. this tikka masala pizza looks so wonderful! I love these. I can’t wait to try your version!