How To Use Indian Simmer Sauces In Slow Cooker

Unlock the full potential of your slow cooker this braising and simmering season with a game-changing secret: cooking sauces.

Gone are the days of starting from scratch to achieve that delectable long-simmered flavor.

These versatile sauces can effortlessly elevate various dishes, whether you cook on the stovetop, in an Instant Pot, or your trusty slow cooker.

You can select your preferred protein and vegetables and blend them with a simmered Indian cooking sauce.

The beauty of this approach lies in its versatility, as simmering sauces seamlessly adapt to the slow cooker’s gentle heat, ensuring their flavors remain uncompromised.

Simmer sauces because they are interchangeable, empowering you to explore a world of taste without limitations.

Slow Cooking Perfection: Suggestions For the Best Indian Recipes

When it comes to vegetables, opt for the sturdy and resilient nature of root vegetables, which can hold their own during extended cooking times.

However, suppose you plan to incorporate more delicate or frozen vegetables into your dish.

In that case, adding them towards the later stages of the cooking process is advisable to ensure their optimal texture and taste.

Opt for robust cuts of meat that can withstand the rigors of prolonged cooking, such as succulent pork shoulder, hearty beef chuck, tender chicken thighs, flavorful lamb shanks, or any meat labeled specifically for stewing.

As these simmering sauces create meals rich in flavorful sauces, it is essential to consider complementary accompaniments that can absorb and enhance all the delectable goodness.

To fully savor the experience, pair your sauce-infused creations with delightful options like fluffy potatoes, fragrant rice, al dente pasta, hearty couscous, and creamy polenta, or indulge in the joy of crusty bread on the side, perfect for savoring every last drop of sauce through fun dunking.

Selecting the ideal sidekick sauce ensures a complete and satisfying culinary adventure that maximizes the enjoyment of these simmering sensations.

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Recipe Notes

Experience the exquisite flavors of a classic Tikka Masala with this irresistible recipe.

Tender chicken, infused with aromatic spices, is bathed in a luscious simmer sauce.

This exquisite sauce, brimming with tomato, cream, and fragrant spices, envelops the dish, creating a velvety texture and an irresistible taste.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala With Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

Experience the pure simplicity of natural goodness with this straightforward recipe boasting an uncomplicated list of ingredients, free from artificial additives.

Prepare to be delighted by the ease of creating a delectable crockpot chicken tikka masala, requiring minimal effort and only two ingredients for a hassle-free culinary experience.


Preparation time

30 minutes

Cooking time

Four hours


Delight in the convenience of slow cooking as you combine succulent chicken meat with a jar of Desi’s Tikka Masala curry sauce in the comforting embrace of your trusty slow cooker.

Allow tender chunks of chicken thigh meat to simmer and infuse with the flavors of your favorite store-bought tikka masala curry sauce.

Simply set your crockpot to low and let the magic unfold over a gentle four-hour cooking process.

Sit back, relax, and prepare to indulge in a mouthwatering dish recipe that effortlessly captures the essence of authentic tikka masala.

Prepare fragrant basmati rice in your slow cooker for 30 minutes before diving into curry-making.

If you already have cooked rice, warming up will do the trick.

Basmati or Jasmine Rice Crockpot Recipe

Ensure easy cleanup by generously spraying the crockpot stoneware with cooking spray.

Next, add 1 cup of fragrant long-grain jasmine or basmati rice and 1 1/4 cups of water.

If desired, include 1/2 teaspoon of unsalted butter for added richness.

Give it a gentle stir to combine all the ingredients, then cover the crockpot.

This simple step sets the foundation for perfectly cooked and flavorful rice to complement your main dish.

Allow the rice to cook on low heat for approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Once the cooking time has elapsed, check for the liquid’s absorption.

Taste a few grains to ensure doneness.

If the rice is still firm, add a few tablespoons of water and cook for an additional 1/2 hour.

Once fully cooked, use a fork to fluff up the grains, allowing them to separate gently.

Let the rice sit for 5 minutes before serving, making the flavors settle and the texture even more delightful.

Your perfectly cooked rice is ready to be enjoyed as a delicious accompaniment to your main dish.

To savor the delightful flavors, scoop a generous portion of rice onto a plate and generously spoon the tender chicken and its delectable curry sauce over the bed of rice.

Simple Country Homestyle Sauces

For those seeking delightful variations on the tikka masala or slow cooker chicken recipe, consider exploring these home country-inspired ideas.

To add a creamy touch and reduce the tomato flavor, stir in 2-3 tablespoons of yogurt, sour cream, or coconut milk towards the end of the cooking process.

This will infuse the tikka masala sauce with a luscious creaminess, elevating its overall texture and taste.

Alternatively, elevate the dish by incorporating vegetables such as onions, cauliflower, potatoes, or peas into the mix.

These additions will not only enhance the nutritional value of the meal but also serve to provide delightful bursts of flavor and appealing textures.

To complete the experience, serve the tender chicken and its flavorful sauce over a bed of aromatic Jasmine rice, white rice, or nutty brown rice.

Each grain will absorb the enticing flavors, creating a harmonious blend of tastes that will leave you craving more.

More Chicken Crockpot Recipes

Using the abovementioned recipe, you can try these two other easy recipes for Desi Fresh’s delicious simmered sauces.

In a straightforward process, combine the simmered sauce, chicken, and coconut milk in your trusty slow cooker (crockpot).

Allow the flavors to mingle and meld together as you cook the curry on low heat for four hours.

In the final hour of cooking, gently stir the simmered sauce mixture to ensure that none of the ingredients stick to the pot.

This method guarantees a delectable outcome, an easy recipe where every ingredient harmoniously combines to create a satisfying and flavorsome dish.

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