Monday, January 23, 2012

Indian Food, Take One

Remember how one of my 2012 food goals is to make more Indian food? Well, I'm already on my way! Last week I slightly adapted this SUPER simple Chicken Tiki Masala recipe from Real Simple for dinner one night, and my contribution to a potluck the next! I feel like it was a bit of a cop-out since it was in the slow cooker, but I was drawn in by the short ingredient list and my love for tiki masala. Now I just need to master naan bread for the perfect combo.

Slow-Cooker Tiki Masala
Adapted from Real Simple

1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 yellow onion, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 heaping tablespoons tomato paste
2 teaspoons garam masala

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2-2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cucumber, sliced
1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
2 cups rice (I did 1 cup white rice for dinner, but brought brown to the potluck)
1/2 cup heavy cream

In a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker, combine the tomatoes, onion, garlic, tomato paste, garam masala, cayenne pepper and salt and pepper to taste. Place the chicken on top of the vegetables and season with additional salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low heat for 8-9 hours.

If you have a fancy rice cooker like me, get your rice set up in the morning and set the timer so that it's ready when you get home. If not, make it right when you get home!

In a small bowl, toss the cucumber and cilantro with the lemon juice and salt and pepper.

Just before serving, stir the cream into the chicken tikka masala. Serve over the rice with the cucumber relish.


Jodi said...

This sounds great and I am always looking for good slow cooker recipes. After having made it, is there anything you would change?

Holly B said...

I LOVE Indian food, and Tiki Masala is one of my favorites...I have yet to tackle an Indian recipe-but would love to make the perfect batch of naan one day!!