tik·​ka ˈti-kə How to pronounce tikka (audio)
: an Indian dish of marinated meat cooked on a skewer

Examples of tikka in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chicken tikka masala features a generous amount of tender and juicy chicken that’s skewered and seared before being added to the vibrant sauce. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, 7 May 2024 My second course arrived quickly (turns out Kad has some help in that kitchen), a combo platter of chicken tikka masala and Gujarati dal divided by a strip of rice, each dish zig-zagged with a squirt of chutney. The Enquirer, 12 Apr. 2024 Among its fest fare are tikka masala tacos ($6), vegetarian samosa ($4) and chaat fries ($7) . Shanzeh Ahmad, Chicago Tribune, 3 Aug. 2023 Chicken tikka masala with fried chickpeas, cilantro and yogurt sauce. Heidi Finley, Charlotte Observer, 22 Mar. 2024 Menu options include paneer dishes, curries, biryani, kebabs and chicken tikka masala. The Arizona Republic, 4 Mar. 2024 And then there's butter chicken's near mirror-image resemblance to one of Britain's national dishes: Chicken tikka masala, basically a hot-roasted bird in a tomato-butter sauce. Omkar Khandekar, NPR, 1 Mar. 2024 Dine on a menu of chaat, kebabs (think chicken tikka and lamb chops), curries, homemade breads and sweets, for weeknight dinners until 10:30 p.m. and weekend lunches as well. Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 January 5, 2024 Fried safi fish, marinated pieces of beef tikka, and sweet, aromatic chai karak are some of the flavors that ran through my childhood in Bahrain. Katy Gillett, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 Jan. 2024

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Word History


Hindi & Urdu tikkā small piece of meat, from Persian tikka

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tikka was in 1955

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“Tikka.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tikka. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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