Every now & then I get a wild hair and desperately need to try something new. There is such a thrill when you combine basic ingredients in a new way – a rush when simmering new flavors rise & engulf your senses. And, last night was the ultimate cooking experience for me because it absolutely embodied everything I enjoy about challenging myself with a new recipe: rich aroma, new technique & finger-lick’n flavor.
I have wanted to try one of Deeba‘s recipes for a long time. All of her posts are so beautifully done, well described. She writes quite eloquently & is just plain nice. Every time I visit her sight I leave a bit in awe….. So, trying one of her dishes from India seemed like the perfect introduction for my maiden voyage into Indian fare. The recipe for Chicken Tikka Masala sounded too tempting to pass up, plus it reminded me of the Butter Chicken dish that they serve at Amber India, a funky Indian restaurant nearby that we enjoy.
I was surprised to find that I had ALL of the ingredients for this meal already (weird!)…. except for the green chilis. For the spice Haldi, I googled it & realized that it is what is commonly referred to as Turmeric here in the US. The family LOVED it! Alfredo had seconds…. of course. The next time I make it I’ll be sure to use a whole chicken instead of just boneless, skinless chicken breast – the real flavor when cooking is with the skin.
So, with the success of this meal (thank you, Deeba!), Alfredo & I will test new international recipes on a more regular basis. It really was fun!