Slow Cooker Tikka Masala

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

I asked on my Facebook page the other day if you guys loved your slow cooker and wanted to see more recipes for it.  It was a resounding yes!  So I jotted down a few ideas, and am starting to work on it.  This is the first one I did.  My family loves Indian food, so it was kind of a no-brainer for me to start with Tikka Masala.

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Chicken Tikka Pizza

Chicken Tikka Pizza

Are you ready for Monday?  I have a really busy week, so I kind of wish the weekend would have stuck around a little longer.  Unfortunately, time doesn’t listen to me, and Monday is here.  So how can you make Monday better?  Healthy pizza, of course!

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Keema Samosas

These little guys are a healthy take on an Indian street food.  Normally samosas are a pastry that is filled with ground meat, vegetables, or a combination of both.  Usually they are fried and then served with chutney for dipping.  I found a healthier version of this that uses wonton wrappers in place of the dough.  Then I bake them instead of frying them.

I bought the cookbook these came from shortly after I got married, over 11 years ago.  I made them quite often at first, and then forgot about them until recently.  I am reminded why we always had them in the freezer before, and they will become a staple again.  They are a little work to make, mainly just tedious.  You have to fill the wonton wrappers, and then seal them.  Considering each wonton wrapper can only hold about a tablespoon of filling, it can take awhile.  But, they freezer perfectly.  So you can do all the work over the weekend, and then have these in the freezer for whenever you need them.

We like to have them as dinner with a salad or other sides.  But they would make a great party appetizer.  My son and husband like to dip these in ranch.  From the searching I did, a tomato chutney was a popular dip of choice.    To freeze them, I just fill them, put on a baking sheet, and place in the freezer.  Once they are frozen, I place them in a freezer safe resealable bag.  Then when I want to make them, I take them about about 15 minutes prior to baking.  You could also fry instead of baking these, if you wanted.

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Chicken Tikka Masala

Welcome to an International edition of Holiday Recipe Club.  Food bloggers are all over the globe, so Holiday Recipe Club is branching out, and celebrating more than just the US holidays.  Today we are recognizing Buddha’s Birthday.   The challenge ingredients for today were garam masala, tofu, and sesame.

We eat a lot of Indian food at our house, so I was excited.  I have tried Tikka Masala a couple times before.  I love the blend of spices that are in restaurant versions, so I keeping trying home versions trying to match it.  This comes close, but still needs more of a kick.  I have written the recipe reflecting an increase in the spices.

I recommend trying the sauce and adjusting the seasonings as you go.  Unfortunately my spice cabinet is in need of replenishing, so I couldn’t add anymore :( I love Naan bread with my Indian food, but due to time restraints and trying to eat better, I didn’t make any this time.  Tikka Masala has tons of sauce though, so I really should have made it!

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Indian Spiced Quiche

Easter is right around the corner, so it is time for Holiday Recipe Club again!  For this Easter/Passover addition Erin gave us the challenge ingredients of Carrots, Spinach or Eggs.  I really wasn’t sure where to go with this, because none of those ingredients are my favorite.  I almost took the cheating route and made you a cute baked good (all baked goods have eggs, right).  But I didn’t, I put on my big girl pants, and got into the challenge.

When I asked my husband what I should make he said Indian Spiced Quiche.  No real thought, it just came out.  Really?  That isn’t Easter at all.  Is there such a thing?  So I did my research, and found a couple recipes.  Then I changed them, and made my own 😉

I made this for dinner one night, but it would be a great brunch.  We love Indian flavors, it doesn’t really matter when we get to have them.  Indian Spiced Nuts, are a perfect example.  The spices in this dish were not over powering by any stretch.  It was not spicy at all.  Even if you aren’t huge on Indian food, this is mild enough you would enjoy it.  If you feel like kicking up the spices some (like I will next time), go for it!

And yes if you know me (I don’t like eggs), I did eat this for dinner, and the leftovers for lunch the next day.  Shocker, I know!

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Hyderabadi Biryani

This has been a crazy busy week and weekend!  I haven’t even turned on the computer in the last 3 days!  The start of this week does not look any better, but hopefully by Wed I will be back to normal.  At least that is what I keep telling myself!  But there is an end in site, so that is good.

So what do you do when you are so busy?  Do you rely on takeout, frozen meals, cereal?  What?  I try to plan ahead for the week, so even in busy times I have a plan and can still eat real food.  But I do rely on some convenience items.  That is not a bad thing either!

This is one convenience item that I LOVE!  It is quick and easy, but it is amazing.  The brand Kitchens of India sells premixed season pastes for a variety of Curry and other Indian dishes.  We love them!  They are authentic in flavor, without all the work.  We have tried the Butter Chicken Curry, Chicken Curry and the Hyderabadi Biryani.  All 3 of them are truly wonderful, and we eat them even when we are not in a rush!

This one is the Hyderabadi Biryani.  You mix in some lemon curd, so it has some sweet and tart and spice.  Cook up some rice, and you have an excellent dinner.  You could even get some store bought Naan bread and have a full Indian dinner!

Hope you had a great weekend!  Hopefully I will be catching up on blogs by the end of the week!

Chicken Vindaloo

It has been a busy day around here, volunteering at my son’s school, grocery shopping, mowing the lawn, laundry, I almost didn’t fit in writing about our Indian dinner last night. 

Indian food is relatively new to me.  I grew up in a pretty conservative food household.  Cashew Chicken was considered adventurous for Chinese food.  Indian, Thai, Japanese – unheard of.  We did live in the midwest, so coming across those type of restaurants would have been difficult, and it just wasn’t something my Mom had any interested in cooking.  In her defense, even if she would have wanted to try it, I think my dad would have revolted.  He has gotten better as I have gotten older, but still when he goes to a Chinese buffet, he mainly goes for the fried shrimp.

So being that Indian food is new to me, I have had some hit or misses in the past.  Then my husband ordered Kitchens of India from Amazon for me to try.  I must say, I almost NEVER cook from a box or mix, but these are amazing!  Super simple, but really really good.  Then I saw Rachael Ray make this Chicken Vindaloo on her show, and I thought why not?  I will try it.  It was good, but very similar to the stuff in the mix.  I told my husband after dinner that even though it was more work than the other stuff, I am still proud that I was able to make from scratch something that tasted as good as the mix.  The mix is made in India, and it claims to be authentic – so I am going to believe that it is!

I pretty much followed her recipe exactly.  So instead of typing it all out again, I will just  link you to it.  The one change I did make was leaving out the Cardamom.  It was almost $7 for the bottle, and since you only needed 1/4 tsp, I couldn’t justify buying it.  This was the first recipe I have ever seen it in, so I don’t see myself going through the whole bottle of it.

 Serve with some Naan bread for a delicious meal!  (Naan recipe to follow in a different post, so stay tuned)  If you are a fan of Rachael Ray recipes you should check out Taste and Tell.  She has a great “Saturday’s with Rachael Ray” series that is full of great recipes!