Indian Cuisine: The Spice of Life

Indian Cuisine So many cooks are afraid to try their hand at preparing Indian Cuisine. This is a terrible shame that must be corrected because, seriously...Indian Cuisine rocks the Casbah, or would that be Taj Mahal?  In either case, no one...

Indian Cuisine
Indian Cuisine

So many cooks are afraid to try their hand at preparing Indian Cuisine. This is a terrible shame that must be corrected because, seriously...Indian Cuisine rocks the Casbah, or would that be Taj Mahal?  In either case, no one should be intimidated by the flavors of Indian Cuisine.  They may seem complex, but in reality, they're just a harmony of flavors that come together to create pure enjoyment with every bite.

Many people are under the misconception that Indian food only consists of hot and spicy foods.  This couldn't be further from the truth. While it is true that many dishes can be prepared quite spicy (depending on the region the recipe derives from) there are many recipes that can be adapted to the level of spice suited for the cook and those they're cooking for.

If you're new to Indian Cuisine and spicy foods in general, then you will want to start out with recipes that are on the mild side.  These are plentiful and there are many spices and masalas (blend of Indian spices) that will gradually bring your taste buds around to all that Indian food can offer up.  One of the best recipes for introducing yourself and your friends and family to Indian Cuisine is Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhani).  It is, in a word, AMAZING!  It's a delicate blend of spices and flavors that will have you wanting to book a first class ticket to Delhi (Because you know, Delhi is in the Punjab region of India and Butter Chicken originates from the Punjab region but let's not digress)!

The best thing about this particular recipe is that it can be altered according to one's level of desired spice.  Want it spicier? Add a bit more chili spice.  Want it completely mild for the beginning Indian Cuisine eater? Leave the chili out all together.  It's that simple.

Butter Chicken
Butter Chicken

Here is your recipe for Butter Chicken to lure you into the wonderful, mystical world of Indian Cuisine:

Ingredients:

  • 1 to 1.5 lb of boneless and skinless chicken thighs cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 onions, minced
  • 1 6 oz can of tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp of butter, ghee, or oil
  • 1 tsp of minced garlic
  • 1 tsp of minced ginger
  • 2 tsp of coriander powder
  • 1 tsp of chili powder (use Kashmiri chili powder for better results)
  • 2 tsp of garam masala or chicken masala
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1-2 tsp salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1 small bunch of coriander leaves / cilantro, for garnish

Directions

  1. Heat the butter in a pan and add the minced onions. Fry until golden brown
  2. Add the ginger, garlic, coriander, chili powder, turmeric, and salt. Fry for a minute until fragrant
  3. Add the tomato paste and cook for 3-4 mins until the mixture bubbles uniformly
  4. Add in the cubed chicken. Cook covered for 8-10 mins until the chicken is just about done.
  5. Add the garam masala and then the heavy cream. Give it a good stir, but don't let it boil.  Allow it to simmer for approx. 5 minutes.
  6. Garnish with the coriander leaves, and remove from heat.
  7. Serve hot over Basmati or Jasmine rice and with naan (flat bread) on the side.

There you go.  You've just made your first Indian dish at home and you're still alive to tell the story!  Better than that, you've awakened your taste buds and now you're ready to move on to even more spices and flavors that can be found in Indian food.  Keep experimenting and keep cooking.  You won't regret it and neither will your stomach!

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