Sing it, Joey*:
When we want Indian food at home, we often get take-out. Typically from Shalimar, because it’s close and cheap. It’s not the same caliber as Karavalli, but hey, it’s our neighborhood Indian place. It’s just-the-ticket for a Tuesday night craving. Sometimes though, we go nuts and make Indian at home. Here’s my gora-fide version of Indian food. I found this recipe online, but don’t make it as the link indicates or it will be way too salty. Modify it a bit and make it like this:
- 1 cup yogurt
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
4 teaspoons salt, or to taste (use 1 tsp)
- 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
- 4 long skewers
In a large bowl (or better still, a Tupperware container), combine yogurt, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, black pepper, ginger, and 1 teaspoon salt. Add chicken (or Turkey or whatever), shake and cover; refrigerate for 1 hour.
Preheat grill or use oven broiler to “grill” the chicken. Lightly oil the grill grate. Place chicken chunks onto skewers, and discard marinade. Grill/broil until juices run clear, about 5 minutes on each side.
The tikka masala:
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons paprika
3 teaspoons salt, or to taste (use 1 tsp here too)
- 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
From here follow the recipe in the link: “Melt butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic and jalapeno for 1 minute. Season with 2 teaspoons cumin, paprika, and
3 teaspoons salt. Stir in tomato sauce and cream. Simmer on low heat until sauce thickens, about 20 minutes. Add grilled chicken, and simmer for 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter, and garnish with fresh cilantro.”
Make up some white rice, and enjoy with some naan. See some photos of the process below:
I especially like this recipe because you can buy all the ingredients at your local chain-grocery store. I use turkey cutlets (from Misty Knoll Farms) instead of chicken, and it comes out great. For you vegetarians out there; you can head to your local Indian grocery store and buy some paneer (in lieu of chicken or turkey). Or I suppose you could marinate tofu and firm it up by roasting it under the broiler, but you’re on your own there. Enjoy.
*Joey Ramone died of lymphoma in 2001, just one month shy of his 50th birthday. Apparently, near the end of his life, he really got into trading stocks on the internet. While recording what would become his posthumously released solo album, he developed a small crush on CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo, and wrote a song about her (looking like a young Sophia Loren is never a bad thing, eh?). Joey’s album was touchingly titled “Don’t Worry About Me.” :(
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