Recipe: Lobster tikka masala with cumin rice

Chef Timothy, from Burger & Lobster Dubai, shares a recipe that uses one of his favourite ingredients: coconut milk

Lobster tikka masala from Burger & Lobster Dubai. Courtesy Burger & Lobster Dubai
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Lactose-free and fibre-rich coconut milk can be used as a base for curries, smoothies and desserts. To make your own, simply blend unsweetened coconut flakes with hot water, pour through a strainer, squeeze through a cheese cloth and refrigerate. Chef Timothy, from Burger & Lobster in Dubai, says: “I love working with coconut milk because of its adaptability. You can use it with prawns, beef, chicken and, of course, lobster. Savoury meals aside, even sweet dishes get a lot of depth from coconut milk.”

Chef Timothy. Courtesy Burger & Lobster Dubai
Chef Timothy. Courtesy Burger & Lobster Dubai

Lobster tikka masala

350g lobster meat
6g ghee

8g cumin seeds

10g fresh garlic 

10g fresh ginger 
75g red onion 

27g cashew nuts

7g tikka spice mix
2g cumin powder
½g garam masala powder

6g turmeric powder

180g tomatoes 
80ml coconut milk

5g coriander leaves 
25g butter


Cut the lobster meat into four equal parts for ease of serving. Heat two tablespoons of ghee in a pan and fry on medium heat with the cumin seeds.
Add the crushed garlic and ginger.

On medium to low heat, add the onion and the cashew nuts and cook well. 

To make the seasoning, add the tikka spice mix, cumin powder, garam masala powder and turmeric powder, and fry well.

Add tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes.

Add the coconut milk at the end.

Blend the mixture, then add the lobster pieces and cook on a medium to low flame.

Add the butter and refresh the taste with coriander leaves.

Serve hot with cumin rice. 

Cumin rice

7g ghee
2g cumin seeds

2g ginger 
150g cooked basmati rice

5g salt
Chopped coriander leaves
to garnish

Heat the ghee in a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat. Drop in the cumin seeds, fresh ginger and cook until they splutter. Do not allow the cumin seeds to burn or become dark brown.
Add the cooked rice and season with salt.

Reduce the heat to low and finish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.


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