Tonight all my children are coming home for dinner. We have my eldest daughter who like me is dairy intolerant and allergic to wheat, and she also has stomach issues, so although curry is the first choice when cooking for a large group we have decided to do a spicy tandoori chicken, no yogurt just oil and spices and a garam masala chicken made from my own mix of garam masala.
For the tandoori chicken we have cheated slightly and have purchased a spice rub from a local Leicester company…
We have marinaded the chicken overnight in a paste of spices, oil and balsamic vinegar. We will cook this in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 200 C.
Garam Masala Spice
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
I like to use a coffee grinder and grind all my spices up myself then I can adjust the recipe to suit our families taste. I then put it in an airtight container and use it when I want it.
Garam Masala Chicken
1 tbsp vegetable oil
4 (3 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast chopped into small cubes (bite sized)
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
I onion chopped
1/4 cup of water or half a tin measured from tomato tin
2 tsp garam masala
Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Place the chicken in the hot oil and cook until browned on one side, about 3 minutes. Flip the chicken and add the onions; cook another 2 minutes.
Add the tomatoes, some salt, and water to the chicken; stir. Season with 1 1/2 teaspoon garam masala. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir the remaining 1/2 teaspoon garam masala through the mixture. Raise heat to medium and bring mixture to a boil. Cook until the chicken no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 5 minutes more.
We’re serving ours with poppadums which we are frying at home, messy but worth it.
I am also serving rice laced with peas, sweet red pepper and fine green beans chopped into tiny pieces. If nothing else our family will be full and smelly by the end of the evening.
Enjoy the start of your weekend .