Butter Chicken

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ½ cups full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tablespoons ground turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons garam masala
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 3 pounds chicken thighs, on the bone
  • ¼ pound unsalted butter
  • 4 teaspoons neutral oil, like vegetable oil
  • 2 medium-size yellow onions, peeled and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated or finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 medium-size tomatoes, diced
  • 2 red chiles, like Anaheim, or 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • cup chicken stock, low-sodium or homemade
  • 1 ½ cups cream
  • 1 ½ teaspoons tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons ground almonds, or finely chopped almonds
  • ½ bunch cilantro leaves, stems removed.

DIRECTIONS

  1. Whisk together the yogurt, lemon juice, turmeric, garam masala and cumin in a large bowl. Put the chicken in, and coat with the marinade. Cover, and refrigerate (for up to a day).
  2. In a large pan over medium heat, melt the butter in the oil until it starts to foam. Add the onions, and cook, stirring frequently, until translucent. Add the garlic, ginger and cumin seeds, and cook until the onions start to brown.
  3. Add the cinnamon stick, tomatoes, chiles and salt, and cook until the chiles are soft, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken and marinade to the pan, and cook for 5 minutes, then add the chicken stock. Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for approximately 30 minutes.
  5. Stir in the cream and tomato paste, and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Add the almonds, cook for an additional 5 minutes and remove from the heat. Garnish with the cilantro leaves.

Chickpea Tikka Masala

1 TBS vegetable oil
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 TBS garam masala
1 TBS tomato paste
2 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 serrano chile, minced
2 15-oz cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes
1/2 c low-fat Greek-style yogurt
1/4 c chopped cilantro

Heat oil in skillet over medium heat.  Add onion, and saute 5 minutes, or until softened.  Add garam masala, tomato paste, ginger, and serrano chile, and season with salt, if desired.  Saute 1 minute more.

Stir in chickpeas and tomatoes.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 15 minutes.  Remove from heat, and stir in yogurt and cilantro.

Chicken Tikka Masala

INGREDIENTS:
Chicken:
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp coriander
1/4 tsp salt
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
1 c yogurt
2 Tbs vegetable oil
2 medium cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 Tbs fresh grated ginger

Masala Sauce:
3 Tbs vegetable oil
1 medium onion, diced fine
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp fresh grated ginger
2 jalapenos
1 Tbs tomato paste
1 Tbs garam masala
28 oz crushed tomatoes
3 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1 c heavy cream
1/4 fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tsp turmeric

DIRECTIONS:

FOR THE CHICKEN: Combine cumin, coriander, cayenne, and salt in small bowl.Sprinkle both sides of chicken with spice mixture, pressing gently so mixture adheres. Add the crushed garlic and ginger.Rub it on the chicken and drizzle the olive oil. Place chicken in a ziploc bag and refrigerate overnight (or several hours).Take the chicken out from the fridge and add the yoghurt. Make sure it coats the chicken well. Let marinate for another 1-2 hours. In the meantime, get all the ingredients for the masala ready.

FOR THE SAUCE: Heat oil in large Dutch oven over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until light golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, chile, tomato paste, and garam masala; cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 3 minutes.Add crushed tomatoes, sugar, turmeric, and salt; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. It is at this point that you may adjust the seasoning and add more spice if you like it spicier. Stir in cream and return to simmer.Remove pan from heat and cover to keep warm.

While sauce simmers, grill chicken on medium heat. Make sure you coat the chicken well with the yoghurt. Also, make sure you oil the grill …as the chicken can easily stick. You can also do the chicken in the oven using the broiler. Just adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat broiler. Dip chicken into yogurt mixture (chicken should be coated with thick layer of yogurt) and arrange on wire rack set in foil-lined rimmed baking sheet or broiler pan. Discard excess yogurt mixture. Broil chicken until thickest parts register 160 degrees on instant-read thermometer and exterior is lightly charred in spots, 10 to 18 minutes, flipping chicken halfway through cooking. Let chicken rest 5 minutes, then cut into 1-inch chunks and stir into warm sauce (do not simmer chicken in sauce). Stir in cilantro, and serve over rice.

Tips:

If your sauce is too thick, thin it out with some more cream or milk or chicken stock before serving.

You can also grill the chicken first and keep it warm… then proceed to make the sauce…

Gobi Aloo (Indian Cauliflower and Potatoes)

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon ginger paste
2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
salt to taste
1 pound cauliflower
1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:
Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Stir in the cumin seeds, garlic, and ginger paste. Cook about 1 minute until garlic is lightly browned. Add the potatoes. Season with turmeric, paprika, cumin, garam masala, and salt. Cover and continue cooking 5 to 7 minutes stirring occasionally.

Mix the cauliflower and cilantro into the saucepan. Reduce heat to low and cover. Stirring occasionally, continue cooking 10 minutes, or until potatoes and cauliflower are tender.

Channa Masala

INGREDIENTS:

2 16oz. cans of chickpeas/garbanzo beans
4 large chopped tomatoes
1 large chopped onion
3 medium chopped potatoes
2 cloves garlic
green chili and ginger paste to taste
1.5 tsp turmeric,
2 tsp garam masala,
2 tsp ground coriander,
2 tsp salt
onion seed and cumin seed to taste
2 Tbsp ghee

DIRECTIONS:

Melt the ghee in a large pot.
Add the onion seed and the cumin seed until they fizzle and pop (20 seconds) Add onions.   Fry until lightly browned.
Add garlic, ginger, and chili.  Stir fry on medium heat.
Add tomatoes.  Stir fry until the oil starts to separate from the onion/tomato mixture.
Add salt, coriander, garam masal, turmeric.  Stir thoroughly.
Add potato.  Stir until well coated in spices.
Add the water from one chickpea can.  Put the lid on the pot.  Bring the pot to a boil.
Let everything simmer on a very low flame for 20 minutes with the lid on.  Make sure the potato chunks are soft.
Add chickpeas to pot.  Stir.  Add a little more chickpea juice to the pot.  Bring to a fierce boil then turn flame down to simmer the pot for roughly 15 minutes – with the lid partially on.
Add freshly chopped coriander leaf and stir.
Simmer 10 more minutes.  Turn off the heat.  Put the lid on.  Let stand for 15 minutes.

Serve with rice or pita bread/naan.