Oct 17, 2014
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Do you want a flavor explosion IN. YOUR. MOUTH?!?

Yes!  Yes you do!  Indian food is where that kind of flavor lives.  If you hate cream & butter, you should keep scrolling, this fabulous and savory meal isn’t for you.  But if you love perfect rice in a creamy tomato sauce that is simple, than this addicting curry recipe is for you.

Indian food may sound difficult but believe me, it is just a sauce with chicken and rice dish…anyone can do it.  This recipe is inspired by my favorite local Indian restaurant’s Chicken Mahkani dish.  The spices and basmati rice are readily available at most grocery stores if you don’t already have most of them in your kitchen, so don’t use that as an excuse not to make it.

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Here is what you will need to make the tastiest and surprisingly easy Indian dish:

cooking time, about 30 minutes

 

1/2 stick of butter

1 medium chopped shallot

1 cup 1/2 & 1/2 (or heavy cream)

1 cup plain yogurt

1 14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes

1 tbs garam masala

1 tbs coriander

1 tsp curry powder

1 tsp cloves

1/4 tsp ginger

at least 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/4 of pepper.  Adjust based on your taste preference.

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or more depending on how spicy you like your food)

3 cups basmati rice

1 pound chicken thighs, cubed

cilantro, for garnish

 

 

Put rice in pot, cover with water for 15 minutes to rinse starch away and drain.  Then pour 4.5 cups of water over rice for cooking.  Salt water.  Bring rice to a rolling boil, turn heat to low, cover, and set timer for 10 minutes.  Rice will absorb water and become fluffy and light.

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In another pot, melt butter and cook with shallots, medium-low heat.  When shallots are starting to brown slightly, add cream, yogurt, and tomatoes.  Stir.

Add spices, salt, pepper and stir completely.

As sauce and rice are cooking, cube chicken and add immediately to the sauce on medium heat.  Chicken should be cooked in about 10 minutes.  Add rice to large bowl.  Pour sauce and chicken into a large bowl and incorporate all ingredients together.  Garnish with cilantro.  Serve and enjoy!

 

Trader Joe’s sells a frozen whole wheat Tandoori Roti bread that goes great with this dish or a nice crusty bread will do if you don’t have access to traditional Indian bread.

 

Get this in your belly ASAP and let me know how it goes!  This is a crowd pleaser!!!

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