my first time eating indian food was sometime my freshmen year at Yale. my favorite indian restaurant in New Haven was Zaroka Bar and Restaurant. sooo good! i took my folks there during my graduation weekend and they LOVED it!
one of the first indian dishes i ever tried was chicken tikka masala. it’s a classic “first indian dish” to try. sooo i thought that the first indian dish i should try to cook should pay homage to that dish that made me fall in love with indian cuisine 🙂 kevin likes indian food too (he even spent a summer during college in chennai) so deciding to cook indian was a no brainer.
(photo and recipe courtesy of skinny taste)
we made a few modifications to the recipe and doubled it. we also used both chicken breasts and thighs.
- 2 tsp canola oil
- 2 small onion, minced
- 2 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 cups crushed tomatoes
- 8 oz fat free Greek yogurt
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 tbsp cumin
- 2 tbsp garam masala
- 2 tsp turmeric (optional)
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- salt to taste
- 1 lb chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
- 1 lb chicken thighs, cut into bite sized pieces
- 1 bunch of fresh cilantro (or to taste)
1) Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until golden. Add the crushed ginger, stir for a few minutes then add the garlic and cook another minute.
2) Add cumin, garam masala, turmeric, chili powder, and salt; mix well until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, yogurt and milk. Simmer on low heat until sauce thickens, about 10 minutes.
3) Add chicken and simmer for 10 – 15 minutes or until cooked through.
4) Add a generous amount of chopped cilantro and serve with Basmati Rice or Naan.
*this recipe was good, but did not taste quite as “authentically indian.” i suspect that the culprit was the crushed tomatoes WITH BASIL (hahaha) that i accidentally bought. i used it anyways though because i was too lazy to run back to the grocery store…i think it made the chicken overly sweet…but kevin still loved it. i’m feeling inspired to try other indian dishes now!