Monday, August 13, 2012

Chicken Tikka Masala

     It's Secret Recipe time again. It feels like it has been a while since I've taken part, but I really only took a month off. I was pretty excited when I received my assignment for this month: The Haggis and the Herring. I've run across this blog a couple of times before or read posts from others who have made their recipes. I dug right in to picking a recipe, and it didn't take me long to find one I wanted to make. In fact, I picked the second recipe I looked at. I thought it was too easy to pick after only looking at two, so I kept looking just to make sure. Really, I knew I had to make the chicken tikka masala though. Dan and Meredith have posted so many great looking recipes that I will be trying my hand at a few others in the coming weeks. Some include Blueberry Coffee Cake, Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole, and my husband would be very disappointed if I didn't try his favorite dish: Chicken Vindaloo.
     On to the Tikka Masala. This is what I always order at an Indian restaurant. I've bought the premixed stuff at the store and I'm always so disappointed that my craving isn't met that we have to go to a restaurant to make up for the not so good stuff from the store. This is as good as any restaurant. Seriously. It's a little time consuming, but it's totally worth it. I think this may be the best dinner I have ever made. Jonathon said that is what he wants for dinner on his birthday.
     I pretty much followed the recipe as written, except for one change so I won't retype the recipe. I didn't intend to make a change, but I couldn't find a serrano pepper at the store. One was sold out, and the second didn't carry them. I put a few green chilies in instead. Jonathon added more to his plate to make it more spicy. I like to taste my food, so I didn't add extra.
     I made this with homemade naan and brown rice. Try the homemade naan. It's so good! If you still have room for more goodness, I recommend a Strawberry Lassi for dessert.

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