The BEST Pork Tikka Masala Sauce everyone will LOVE

Homemade is so delicious. If you could make one sauce, that would stand out in a line-up, this recipe for a Pork Tikka Masala would for sure win. Making a Tikka Masala sauce from scratch is the key to not only a delicious dinner, but also if you are like me and need to avoid certain foods for allergy purposes.
In the past, this homemade from scratch Tikka Masala sauce was used for casseroles and slow-cooked tenderloins. For dinner this Tikka Masala was used with a Pork Tenderloin, golden raisins, sauteed onion and pineapple for a sweet and mildly spicy dinner. Paired with perfectly cooked white rice and homemade Naan, and you then have a dinner everyone will LOVE.

Pork Tikka Masala served with rice and homemade naan

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Published August 26, 2022
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How to make substitutes

When I think back to originally making this recipe back in 2016, all I can think about is almond milk. In the past, almond milk was used in this recipe for the creamy base. However, I cannot fathom what inflammation and gut issues it caused to me for many years.
Being allergic to almonds, I need to avoid anything relating to “tree nuts” or almond. This recipe typically uses almond milk as its base, so that needed to be changed ASAP. Instead of using almond milk, coconut water and heavy cream were substituted and still tasted fantastic. However, if you want to keep the almond milk, go right ahead!
In the end, the taste with the coconut water was so mild we all forgot it was added.

Recipe

Ingredients

2 1/2-pound pork tenderloin
1 onion
1/2 cup dried pineapple, diced
2 tsp oil
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup chicken stock
15-ounce heavy cream or almond milk
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 tsp powdered ginger
2 tsp sweet curry powder
1/2 tsp powdered sugar
2 Tbsp fresh chopped cilantro (optional)

ingredients to make Pork Tikka Masala on countertop

Directions

1. Firstly, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Then, heat oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat.

cast iron pan warming on stove next to Dutch Oven

3. Thirdly, spray a Dutch oven with non-stick spray and then set aside.

Spray Dutch Oven with non-stick spray

4. Next, brown the tenderloin on all sides, then place it the Dutch oven and set aside.

5. Dice the onion and then set aside.

dice onion on cutting board

6. Into the warm cast iron skillet, add 1 tsp oil and place the diced onions and sauté until translucent.

7. Add the heavy cream, raisins, pineapple and spices and stir well, then simmer for 5 minutes.

Click the link below for my recipe for a Tikka Masala Casserole using a homemade sauce that is quite similar to this recipe.

8. Then add the chicken stock and simmer an additional 1 minute. We had an open coconut water that needed to be used, so that replaced the chicken stock and ended up tasting perfect!

add coconut water or stock to simmering Pork Tikka Masala Sauce

9. Once the sauce has simmered, carefully pour it over the pork tenderloin in the Dutch oven and bake for 45 minutes. While the Pork Tikka Masala is cooking in the oven, cook your rice and Naan. Click the links below for my blogs with the BEST recipe for homemade Naan and also directions for the perfectly cooked rice.

carefully pour Pork Tikka Masala sauce into Dutch Oven over seared tenderloin and bake in oven

Click the link below for my recipe for the most delicious homemade from scratch Naan, and then never buy store-bought again!

Click the link below for my recipe for perfectly cooked rice, the trick is rinsing the rice just the right number of times.

10. Remove the Dutch oven from the oven and also remove the pork tenderloin and carefully place it on a cutting board, resting under aluminum foil for 5-8 minutes.

11. Finally, slice and serve the Pork Tikka Masala over rice and drizzle with the sauce. Garnish with fresh cilantro if desired and enjoy!
~Monica

Pork Tikka Masala recipe served with rice and homemade naan

Pork Tikka Masala Recipe

Pork Tikka Masala Ingredients

2 1/2-pound pork tenderloin
1 onion
1/2 cup dried pineapple, diced
2 tsp oil
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup chicken stock
15-ounce heavy cream or almond milk
1/2 cup golden raisins
2 tsp sweet curry powder
1/2 tsp powdered sugar
2 Tbsp fresh chopped cilantro (optional)

Directions for Pork Tikka Masala Recipe

1. Firstly, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Then, heat oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat.
3. Thirdly, spray a Dutch oven with non-stick spray and then set aside.
4. Next, brown the tenderloin on all sides, then place it the Dutch oven and set aside.
5. Dice the onion and then set aside.
6. Into the warm cast iron skillet, add 1 tsp oil and place the diced onions and sauté until translucent.
7. Add the heavy cream, raisins, pineapple and spices and stir well, then simmer for 5 minutes.
8. Then add the chicken stock and simmer an additional 1 minute.
9. Once the sauce has simmered, carefully pour it over the pork tenderloin in the Dutch oven and bake for 45 minutes.
10. Remove the Dutch oven from the oven and also remove the pork tenderloin and carefully place it on a cutting board, resting under aluminum foil for 5-8 minutes.
11. Finally, slice and serve the Pork Tikka Masala over rice and drizzle with the sauce and garnish with fresh cilantro if desired. Enjoy!
~Monica

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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