I sneak a, Chicken Tikka, Masala at a gala event

Oh chicken tikka, like spaghetti with meatballs and general Tso
before you, you have no cultural reference.
The California
roll of Indian cuisine. Created by an Indian
expat in Britain
to help western palates adapt to Middle Eastern flavors, Chicken Tikka Masala
is the most popular “Indian” food around.
Since we hadn’t cooked Indian before, we thought it would be a good
starting point. We didn’t have much time
to cook that night, but this recipe seemed so simple, what I had overlooked was
resting and marinating times. Because of
this, our final product was slightly on the bland side but still really
delicious.

A staple in Indian cooking is ghee, or clarified
butter. To make it, just boil some
butter for awhile and keep skimming off the foam.

Dried Kashmiri
chiles.

If you are noticing the strange counters, this is because we
are house-sitting for the week. That’s how
we scored this sweet mortar and pestle.

Add Garlic

And Ginger

Here is how the ghee looks when it’s done. It’s like what people dip their lobster in.

I was going to get chicken pieces to save time, but the
store had other plans. Everything was
past expiration and not looking too nice. But the good news was this was a
local chicken raised organically at Watson’s farm here in Bermuda. It’s extremely rare to get local chickens
here and I was pretty happy about that.

Add these things to the mortar.

Cut some holes in the chicken to get the marinade all in
there.

This had an amazing smell

Yogurt

Ok, I swear to you this is a lime! What is happening!! I’m kinda freaked out, I think there is a
ghost in my camera like in that shutter movie!

This is supposed to sit for at LEAST 4 hours but we only had
1 and that’s why it was a little bland.

Meanwhile, Mandi thought she would try her hand at Naan. I am not going to put the recipe because it
did not come out that great. It was
still delicious, but more biscuity.

Wait, what’s this!!

Elvis!!!!

Haha just kidding, that was the ghee poured on the counter
for naan making proposes. And this is
Elvis, the reason we were house sitting in the first place. Elvis, you’re a star now!

These are for the start of the sauce

Naan dough

MMMMM the chicken was great out of the oven. We each had a wing and they were yum.

With some ghee in the pan, throw in the garlic ginger and
chiles.

Add a can of chopped tomatoes and some cream, and the
chicken.

Oh yea, cook some plain jasmine rice in the mean time.

Cilantro tastes good on top

Making this made us realize many things about cooking in a
kitchen that is not your own. Check back
tomorrow for more thoughts on this.

Also I am going to put a more detailed recipe with the
measurements and stuff just below here when I reformat my site in a few days,
so be sure to check back for that as well.