Sometimes, what I want after a hard days night, when Ive been working like a dog, is some good chicken. Also, for the past couple of days, ive been thinking of making chicken tikka masala, after reading about it all the time, and Shay pestering me to make it. So I did my version today, took a super easy route, and the result was awesome to say the least. Here it is, I hope you like it. My domestic help gave me the recipe for the curry, and the basic idea remains mine.
The measurements today give you one bowl, and you can add subtract to your desire. Dont substract, just add actually.
So here goes..
LAZY AUNTY CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA
What you need:
Three tablespoons of oil
Around six to seven pieces of chicken tikka, store bought
Salt to taste
A teaspoon each of turmeric powder, garam masala powder, coriander powder and cumin powder
Four whole cardamom pods
Two cinnamon sticks
One onion, chopped finely
Five to six garlic cloves, chopped
A knob of ginger, chopped
Two tomatoes, chopped
Two tablespoons of yogurt
Two boiled potatoes, quartered
Chopped coriander, optional
One onion, sliced and fried
What to do:
1. Heat up the oil in a wok.
2. Once youre sure its heated up, add the cardamom pods and cinnamon sticks.
3. Let them be for two minutes, and add the ginger and garlic.
4. Add the chopped onions, and let them brown.
5. Once its brown, add the tomatoes and salt.
6. Add all the other masalas, the turmeric, garam masala powder, coriander powder, and cumin powder.
7. Let it be for a bit, and make sure it doesnt burn.
8. Once its cool, blend it in a mixie, with around half a cup of water.
9. Take it out and add it to the wok again.
10. Add the chicken tikka pieces to the wok, along with one or two chopped boiled potatoes, and yogurt.
11. Once its boiling, take it off the fire.
12. Add the coriander and fried onion, and serve. I didnt want to put coriander, so I didnt, you can ofcourse, its the done thing to do.
This does seem like a bazillion things to do, but coming to think of it, once youve put the tomatoes and onions in, its just a question of a few spices and a mixie. So try this out when you have chicken tikka in the fridge but dont want to eat it just as. The whole process takes around 30 minutes, and you can enjoy this with some freshly boiled basmati rice. :)
Ah, bliss. Its easy to find, if you want to look. Blah.