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Salmon Tikka, Tikka Paste, Steamed Basmati Rice, Steamed Green Beans


Tikka Paste – makes 1.75 litres

Once you’ve tried a home-made Tikka Paste from your Thermomix, you may never buy it ready-made again! Enough to stock up the fridge for several meals, or share some with a friend. This recipe is from “Fast and Easy Indian Cooking” by Janie Turner and Rosie Laljee, available from UK Thermomix and Thermomix Ireland.


40 g coriander seeds

40 g cumin seeds

10 g dried red chillies

50 g fresh coriander, including roots, leaves and stems

100 g garlic cloves, peeled

100 g fresh ginger, sliced into 2mm “coins” along the lines on the skin

220 g olive oil

100 g water

100 g lemon juice

1 heaped tsp ground turmeric (on the DVD I said 1 Tbsp, either amount is fine)

30 g salt

50 g dried/dehydrated onions

140 g tomato purée


1.      Heat coriander seeds, cumin seeds and chillies 5 minutes/Varoma Temperature/Speed 1. Then grind 1 minute/Speed 9.

2.      Add fresh coriander, garlic, ginger and oil. Blend 1 minute/Speed 10.

3.      Add water, lemon juice, turmeric, salt, onions, tomato purée and cook 40 to 60 minutes/100ºC/Speed 2. Pour into sterilized jars and store in the fridge.


Salmon Tikka Meal – serves 1 to 4

This is a delicious and very easy meal which is cooked all at the same time in your Thermomix while you do something else! The salmon is wonderfully tender because of the steaming and it’s infused with the fabulous flavours of the Tikka Paste.


40 to 50 g white basmati rice per person

1 litre water

1 tsp sea salt

1 to 4 salmon fillets, about 1.5 cm thick

2 to 3 tsp tikka paste per fillet

green/french beans


1.      Add the water to the TM bowl, weigh the rice into the internal steaming basket and add the salt. Wet the rice 10 seconds/Speed 5.

2.      Lightly oil the Varoma and place the salmon fillets into it. Spread the Tikka Paste on top of each fillet. Rinse the green beans with water and place in the Varoma tray. Cook everything all at once 20 minutes/Varoma Temperature/Speed 1.

3.      Remove beans and rice (check the rice is cooked) and keep warm. Check the salmon is cooked and cook longer if required – thicker salmon fillets will take longer.



More ideas for Tikka Paste:


·         Use as a sandwich spread mixed with mayonnaise – fantastic.

·         Mix with an equal weight of Greek-style yoghurt and use to marinate chicken or lamb for the BarBQue. Discard used marinade.

·         Use a Tbsp or so to flavour a tomato soup - delicious.

·         At Speed 3½, chop fresh onions, tomatoes and cucumber with some Tikka Paste, olive oil and Greek-style yoghurt to make a quick spicy salad.

·         Fantastic Christmas or Birthday gift for a friend – straight after making it, decant into a sterilized glass jar, seal with a sterilized lid, add a pretty label with some ideas for using the paste, and print this recipe to put inside the card!



Use Tikka Paste in the following recipes from “Fast and Easy Indian Cooking”:


·         Chicken Tikka with variations for vegetables, lamb or prawns

·         Chicken Tikka Masala

·         Paneer Tikka

·         Chicken and Spinach Curry




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