Tikka (food)

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For other uses, see Tikka (disambiguation).
Paneer tikka served in a restaurant in Mumbai, India
Course Hors d'oeuvre
Place of origin Pakistan
Main ingredients Meat, marinade or curry
Cookbook:Tikka  Tikka

Tikka (or teeka, teekka) is a type of Indian and Punjabi food. Tikka is derived from the Sankskrit word Tuka (जातुष )[1] and is adopted in Punjabi and other local languages as well. Tuka in Sankskrit is associated with adhesive material ( just like pieces of meat are stuck together for cooking). It is pronounced [ʈɪkkaː] in Hindi and Punjabi language [2] refers to a piece of meat, such as a cutlet, and the popular dish chicken tikka is made of chicken cutlets in a marinade. A westernised version, chicken tikka masala, a curry, is a widely popular dish in the United Kingdom. The marinade used in the preparation of chicken tikka is also sometimes called tikka; it is made from a mixture of aromatic spices and yogurt. Paneer prepared in a tandoor is also known as paneer tikka.



  1. ^ "Spoken Sankskrit Dictionary". http://spokensanskrit.de/index.php?tinput=tuka&script=&direction=ES&link=yes. http://spokensanskrit.de/. 
  2. ^ Wells, John (11 September 2009). "But Soft!". John Wells's Phonetic Blog. Retrieved 11 September 2009.