Today my girlfriend felt like eating Indian food! I therefore made her a Tikka Masala. I used chicken, 1 big onion, some chili, ginger, garlic, fresh lime juice, a box of peeled and conserved tomatoes and a lot of different spices. This is a hot dish, and is great with sweet nan bread or yoghurt drink. For my dish i chose to prepare a fresh lime and mint drink that works as a mouth cooler.
First, throw the Onion in a frying pan with 4, 2 cm slices of ginger, half a red chili, 1 pressed garlic, Olive oil and 1 pressed lime juice. Cook till it´s soft and add the following spices:
- chili flakes
- gara masala
You only need about 1,5 teaspoon of each spice and 2-3 tablespoons of sugar. After a minute or two, add the conserved peeled tomatoes and cook for another 2-3 minutes before blending it in the mixer. This will create a great tikka paste. I added a tablespoon of crème fraiche to lighten it up, but you can use natural yoghurt or nothing at all if you don´t want to. Begin frying the chicken and add the paste when it´s ready. Let the tikka cook for 10 minutes before serving with great rice and nan bread. How to make nan and great rice will come in a later recipe.
This dish is great on cold winter evenings with a light beer or a mango/lime yoghurt drink. I hope you enjoy this post, because there´s more to come!!