So I was perusing the shelves of a cafe/restaurant/shop in town called Zannas Flavour Cafe and there sat a tempting jar of masala spice. I couldn't resist so I bought it and few other lovely items. When I got home I began my quest for the right Pinterest recipe for my new masala spice. I settled on "5 Ingredient Chicken Tikka Masala" from Pinch of Yum.
The recipe was straight forward and delicious. You probably won't have all the ingredients on hand but they can all be found easily in your local grocery store. If you have a food processor or blender making the paste will be a breeze. Hint, double your recipe and freeze the extra for another blissful meal.
Throw all thepaste ingredients into the blender and pulse away. It will come together very easily. Don't overdue it, you are looking for the consistency of a paste not a liquid. Once you've got it looking like a paste open the lid and enjoy the aroma.
The recipe suggests marinating the chicken for 30 minutes, I say the longer the better. Once the chicken has been marinated you can begin to make your sauce. Most recipes suggest heating up the paste in some oil (I used coconut oil) in order to release the flavours. You'll know when the flavours have been released because the air will smell divine. Now your ready to add your marinating chicken and all of its goodness to the pan and cook until chicken is nearly done. Then add your tomato puree and coconut milk (I used full cream instead). The combination will result in a deep orange coloured sauced that will provide you with layers of flavour. It will taste as good as it looks and smells.
Time to plate it. Basmati rice topped with your "from scratch", masala sauce, topped with cilantro will transport you to "taste bud heaven". Serve with naan bread and chutney on the side for a perfect meal.
5 Ingredient Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe
The following recipe comes from Pinch of Yum and serves 6 -8
2 onions (I used one yellow, one purple, together totaling about 3 cups when chopped)
5 cloves garlic
a 2-inch piece of fresh ginger
3 tablespoon garam masala
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon turmeric
1 tablespoon cumin
1½ teaspoons ground cloves
2 teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (I skipped the cayenne and added a seeded serrano pepper)
a small pile of of cilantro stems
a fistful of almonds
juice of one lemon
Run everything through the food processor as-is until mostly smooth (see picture) and you're done. Make this paste once and keep it in the freezer and you've got what you need for 5 ingredient Chicken Tikka Masala FROM SCRATCH for many happy days. Makes about 1½ cups of paste.
All things cooking, from simple and clean to gourmet and exotic (and everything in between) have been my passion for over 30 years. Since discovering Pinterest, I pretty much exclusively cook from the recipes I PIN. My saying is, "if you can PIN it, you can cook it". I love to PIN recipes and I love to cook. I thought, why not blog the recipes I make from my Pinterest food boards. I'm the self-declared, Pincook.