Tikka, in the Indian national language Hindi, literally means bits or pieces and is used to describe chunks of meat or chicken marinated in certain aromatic spices and then grilled in a tandoor, usually after threading onto skewers. As one may imagine, there can be several different varieties of tikka. Tikka is normally a dry item employed as a starter or appetizer at the start of a meal or sometimes as a snack. As a matter of fact, the chicken tikka is one of the most widely accepted Indian dishes. Chicken tikka so prepared may also be made into a rich gravy dish by the name of Chicken Tikka Masala. Other than chicken other meats may be used to make tikkas – lamb tikka, mutton tikka, fish tikka as well as several vegetarian tikkas – paneer tikka, mushroom tikka and so on. Some other unique special tikkas are the Soya mint tikka, bharwa aloo tikka, moong dal tikka etc.