{Naan}

This is so yummy to go along side your favorite Indian dish. This is just plain Naan (Indian Flatbread) but I have seen people incorporate fresh Cilantro into the dough or I like to sprinkle with garlic powder before I bake it to give it more flavor. Either way you will love it!

Ingredients:

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons instant yeast, or active dry yeast
1 egg
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup milk

Directions:

In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, and yeast.( If you using dry active yeast, let it proof in warm water for about 5 minutes before adding the rest of the ingredients) In a small bowl, mix together the egg, yogurt, and milk. Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and mix for about 1 minute, until the dry ingredients are completely incorporated into the wet ingredients.

Increase machine speed and knead the dough until it is smooth and shiny. Remove the bowl from the mixer and cover with a towel. Leave in a warm place to rise until the dough doubles in size, about an hour.

Put a baking stone or heavy baking sheet on the lowest rack of your oven. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees for at least 30 minutes prior to baking.

Divide the dough into eight pieces and form into an oval shape with your hands, about 6 to 8 inches across.

Cook two or three pieces at a time. Drop the dough onto the hot stone or baking sheet and shut the oven door, watching until they are just starting to turn brown in places, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Remove the naan and lay on a board. Serve warm with a yummy curry dish.

 

 

Recipe slightly adapted from: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

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{Chicken Coconut Curry}

 

This is the most Authentic tasting curry dish that I have ever made from home. It was great! My new favorite curry dish. It was really simple, and turned out to be a huge hit with my whole family.

Ingredients:

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch chunks or strips
1 teaspoon salt and pepper, or to taste
1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2-3 Tbsp. curry powder
1/4-1/2 tsp. cayenne (I did a 1/4 and it had a little kick)
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
4 golden potatoes, cut into chunks
1 (14 ounce) can light coconut milk
1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed, diced tomatoes
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
3 tablespoons sugar
Jasmine rice, cooked (I add Turmeric powder to it while its cooking, to give it that yellow color)

Directions:
Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Heat oil, curry powder, and cayenne in a large skillet over medium-high heat for five minutes. Stir in onions and garlic, and cook 10 minutes more or until onions are very clear. Add chicken, tossing lightly to coat with curry oil. Reduce heat to medium, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in center and juices run clear. Add potatoes, then add coconut milk, tomatoes, tomato sauce, chopped cilantro, and sugar into the pan, and stir to combine. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 30-40 minutes or until sauce thickens. Serve with Jasmine rice and garnish with cilantro.

Adapted from: Favorite Family Recipes

{Grilled Tandoori Chicken}

I’m always looking for new marinades for our chicken/beef. Summer is all about grilling over here. I always enjoy a Indian flavor spin on my food, so I decided to give this a whirl, it was perfect!

Ingredients:

4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts

For the Marinade:

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
1 Tbs onion powder
1 Tbs fresh minced garlic
1 Tbs garam masala
1 Tbs fresh cilantro leaves
1 Tbs paprika
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Whisk all the marinade ingredients together and pour in a large zip lock bag. Add the chicken breasts and allow to marinade in the fridge for at least 1 hour up to 24 hours. Grill the chicken on each side, until cooked through.

Recipe source: Creme De La Crumb

{Chicken Coconut Korma}

We love Indian food around here. We have been to a lot of local restaurants, and love trying new ones. But Indian dishes are actually really simple to make at home too. There have been a few ingredients here and there, that have been hard to find, but it seems most grocery stores carry everything I need. If you haven’t ventured out and tried Indian food, do it. The flavor combinations are like no other, I love it so much!

This  Chicken Tikka Masala recipe on my blog is probably my favorite dish of all time, my whole family loves it. It is a more traditional and popular dish, so make sure and try this one too!!

Ingredients:

Chicken Marinade:
4 chicken breasts, cut into bite size chunks
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp coriander
1/8-1/4 tsp ceyenne/red pepper (more if you like spicy)
1/2 tsp tumeric
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp cumin

The sauce:
2 Tbsp butter
1 small onion, diced
3 tsp garlic, minced
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp tumeric
1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne/red pepper
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground coriander
1 15oz can diced tomatoes
1 15oz can light coconut milk
4 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
cashew nuts (about 3/4 cup)
golden raisins (about 1/2 cup)
cilantro and white rice to serve

Directions:
Cut the chicken into 1″ pieces. Place in a ziploc bag with all the other marinade ingredients and set in the fridge until ready to use (anywhere from 2 hours-24 hours).

In a pan over medium high heat, add a little olive oil and cook the chicken in two batches for 4-5 minutes on either side until no longer pink in the center.

Melt the butter in a high-sided pan. Add the garlic and onion and cook for 1 minute.

Add the spices: ginger, turmeric, cayenne, garam masala, salt, and coriander. Stir for 1 minute.

Stir in tomatoes, coconut milk, heavy whipping cream and golden raisins. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for 10 minutes until thickened. ( you can add the cashews at this point, but they will get soft instead of crunchy).

Add the cashews right at the end, taste and season according to taste.

Garnish with cilantro, cashews and golden raisins. Serve with white rice and garlic naan.

 

Recipe adapted from: Mattawa Mum

 

{Naan Bread with Herbs}

My family loves Indian food. Our favorite recipe is Chicken Tikka Masala This bread goes perfect with it or any other favorite Indian dish. Yum.



Ingredients:

2¾ cups hot water, 110-115˚F
1½ tablespoons granulated yeast
1 tablespoon sea salt
2 tablespoons sugar
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
6½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour

Ingredients for the naan:
⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup finely chopped fresh herbs, I like to use 1/2 cilantro and 1/2 Italian parsley, but other herbs would also be good
sea salt

Directions for the dough
1. Mix the water, yeast and sugar in a 5-quart bowl, or a lidded (not airtight) food container. Stir and let sit till yeast is bubbly. Stir in olive oil and sea salt.

2. Mix in the flour with a large wooden spoon or a heavy duty large whisk till all flour is incorporated.

3. Cover (not airtight), and allow to rest at room temperature until dough rises, approximately 2 hours.

4. The dough can be used immediately after the initial rise, though it is easier to handle when cold. Refrigerate in a lidded (not airtight) container and use over the next 3-4 days.

Directions for the naan:
1. Combine oil and herbs in a small bowl.

2. When you’re ready to make the naans, remove dough from refrigerator. Liberally sprinkle flour on a work surface. With a large spoon, scoop up 10 lumps of dough about the size of a small apple. Refrigerate remaining dough for another use 

3. Roll dough balls in flour to coat all surfaces, then flatten each with the palm of your hand. With a rolling pin, roll dough into circles (don’t worry, they don’t have to be precise circles, real naans aren’t supposed to be perfectly round) about 8 inches in diameter. Keep work surface well dusted with flour to prevent sticking. Stack rolled dough circles on a platter, separating them with parchment or waxed paper.

4. Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Coat surface lightly with olive oil. Place one dough circle in heat pan. Brush top surface with herb/oil mixture. If bubbles begin to form in dough just flatten them with your brush. This will give your finished naan lots of interesting texture. Continue cooking until bottom side is a light golden brown.

5. Flip naan to other side and brush top side lightly with herb/oil mixture. Continue to cook until second side is light golden brown, then flip one more time and cook for another 20 to 30 seconds. Remove naan to a plate and sprinkle with sea salt. Repeat process with other dough circles, stacking them on a plate, separating each one with paper towels.

Recipe Source: The Cafe Sucre Farine

{Chicken Tikka Masala}

I am doing a repost on this one. It is seriously my favorite meal, I have a hard time not going back for thirds. The flavor combo is just amazing, and its great because my husband and 3 small kids scarf this down everytime. Success! Even if you are not a fan of different ethnic foods, please try this. It will change your world. Also, my husband has a few friends from India in his graduate class and one of the girls was so sweet to make me some homemade Garam Masala which you can also find in most stores now but how awesome is she for doing that?

3 whole Chicken Breasts
Kosher Salt
Ground Coriander
Cumin, To Taste
½ cups Plain Yogurt
6 Tablespoons Butter
1 whole Large Onion
4 cloves Garlic
1 1-2 inch Chunk Fresh Ginger
3 Tbs Garam Masala
1 can (28 Ounce) Diced Tomatoes
1 Tbs Sugar
1-½ cup Heavy Cream (I have also used half and half and it worked great)
2-3 Tbs fresh Cilantro

FOR THE RICE:

2 cups Basmati or Jasmine Rice
3 cups water
2 Tbs butter
1 Tbs Turmeric
Frozen Peas (Optional)

Start by seasoning the chicken breasts with some kosher salt. Next sprinkle them on both sides with some coriander and cumin. Then coat the chicken breasts completely with the plain yogurt. Set the chicken on a metal cooling rack over a foil-lined baking sheet and place it about 10-12 inches below a broiler for 5-7 minutes per side. Watch carefully so as not to totally char the chicken. It should have slightly blackened edges. Remove from oven.
Next dice one large onion. In a large skillet melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Toss in the onions and sauté until they are slightly browned. As the onions cook, mince your garlic. Next, cut off the outer skin and mince or grate a 1 by 2 inch chunk of fresh ginger. Add the garlic and ginger to the onions. Also throw in about 1 tablespoon of salt.
Next you are going to add about 3 tablespoons Garam Masala spice. Now you are going to add your can of diced tomatoes. Continue cooking and stirring, scraping the bottom of the pan to deglaze it. Add about 1 tablespoon sugar. Let this mixture simmer on medium for about 5 minutes.
To a rice cooker or in a pan on the stove add 2 cups Basmati or Jasmine rice, 2 tablespoons butter, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon Ground Turmeric and 3 cups water. Cover, turn on your rice cooker and walk away.
After the Tikka Masala sauce has had a chance to simmer for a little bit, add in the 1 ½ cups of heavy cream. Now, chop up your chicken breasts into chunks and stir them into the Tikka Masala sauce. A handful of chopped fresh cilantro is a nice addition if you like cilantro. You can also throw some frozen peas into the cooked rice, give them a stir, and allow the heat of the rice to cook the peas. It tastes great and gives another nice dash of color. Serve the rice with the Chicken Tikka Masala over top. Make sure to have some Nann bread handy, too.

Recipe Source: The Pioneer Woman

{Indian Butter Chicken}

I heart Indian food! I love finding new Indian recipes. The flavors just combine so well together. And I love making things that you just don’t see everyday, it makes dinner so exciting to me 🙂

1 yellow onion, diced
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons garam masala
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup half-and-half
2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4-inch chunks
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter
Jasmine or Basmati rice to serve with
Chopped fresh cilantro for extra garnish

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat until hot. Add the onion and ginger. Stir often while cooking until the onion is translucent, about 4-5 minutes. Stir in garlic, garam masala, chili powder, cardamom, and coriander. Cook stirring, constantly for another minute.

Scrape the mixture into a blender or food processor and add tomato paste and chicken broth. Blend until the mixture is smooth. Pour the sauce back into the skillet and add the half and half. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat and add the chicken pieces and the salt and pepper. Stir. Keep the sauce at a simmer, stirring occasionally, and cook for 10-15 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has slightly thickened.

Cut remaining 3 tablespoons butter into chunks and stir into the sauce until melted. Serve the chicken and sauce over hot rice. Garnish with fresh, chopped cilantro, if desired.