Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Indian Food

Indian food is some of my most favorite food. Some people think it is too spicy. Good Indian food should be highly spiced but not necessarily hot. It should awaken all of your taste buds at once.


This recipe is for an Indian spiced chicken that falls off the bone. I always toast my spices before I start cooking. Here I have turmeric, black peppercorns, red chilies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cloves, nutmeg and cumin. They toast for about 5 minutes until they are very aromatic.


I have a mini food processor that I use exclusively for grinding spices.


Coat all of the chicken with half of the spices.


Mix the rest of the spices with 1 cup of yogurt.


Brown the chicken in a few tablespoons of vegetable oil.


Remove the chicken and leave the browned bits in the bottom.


Add a sliced onion.


And lots of diced garlic. I used ten cloves of the frozen diced stuff from Trader Joe's.


Add a knob of grated ginger, a bunch of bay leaves and a couple sticks of cinnamon.


Add the yogurt mixture.


Stir it all around.


Place the chicken on the mixture, cover it and bake it at 275 degrees for about 2 hours. The chicken will give off juices while cooking to create a sauce with the yogurt and onions.


This is another of my favorite Indian dishes. Cauliflower and hard boiled eggs in a flavorful sauce.


I make a sauce with a bunch of garlic cloves, ginger and jalapeno peppers. I cut out the veins and leave the seeds out so there is barely any heat to this.


Add several tablespoons of mustard seeds to oil and cook until they pop.


Add a diced onion.


Add the ginger paste.


Add some tomatoes. I used some of my oven roasted tomatoes.


Stir these around and let them cook for a couple minutes.


Add about 4 cups of chicken stock.


Stir in a head of steamed cauliflower florets.


Add 10 hard boiled eggs cut in half. Cover and let simmer, stirring occasionally. The yolks will thicken the sauce.


Here is the chicken when it is done cooking.


I serve my Indian food with raita. Mix a cup or so of plain yogurt with chopped cucumber, shredded carrot and 1 teaspoon of cumin.


This was served with chutney, pickled vegetables and fresh naan bread. It might not look great but it has outstanding flavors!

14 comments:

Rue said...

I often feign starvation so my friend from Bangladesh invites me over for dinner - lol! Indian food is the best!

laurie said...

this is just amazing,, did you teach?You talk like a teacher,, (well , write" like you have given instruction like this before,,I have nevr cooked anything like this,, I follow an indian cooking blog,, and its really exciting, thanks for posting this,, its a yummy one for sure,

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

this looks so good....i love how you did the chicken...

i am going to have john print this out...we are going to try this over here at farmhouse kitchen....

:-)

kary and l'il teddy

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

I do like Indian food but I rarely eat it and almost never do it myself. But it happens that I go to an Indian restaurant when I go to Gothenburg and I have to say that I just can´t do it as tasty as they can. Well they are from India after all :-) :-)

Have a great day!
Christer.

Pricilla said...

Looks yummy.
We had the best Indian food in a hole in the wall restaurant in New York. The door opened and the aroma drew us in.

mrsb said...

That chicken sounds a - maze -ing! Can't wait to try this one out!!

Guillaume said...

I love Indian food usually, but recently I don't know why I have to taste for it. I need to get back to it. This recipe looks delicious (well, as usual).

The Frog Queen said...

Yum, indian is my favorite also...love the cauliflower recipe, going to give that a try. Thanks as always, for sharing.

Cheers!

Monique @ Simple Abundance said...

That looks delicious. I love Indian food and I'm definately going to try this recipe !!
Thank you so much for sharing !!

~ Jayne ~ said...

Had Indian take-away just last night & have never been able to replicate the rapture of their tandoori chicken! Your recipe looks inviting,as always.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I love East Indian food too. All those spices party in your mouth!

Beverly@Beverly's Back Porch said...

I am not making this! I will never get rid of my nephew. I really love the cauliflower recipe. I'll make both and not tell anyone.

Suzie said...

Ooooh, the fragrances of those spices warming. .there isn't an ingredient here that I don't already love, and to have them all together! Oh My Stars!!

I'm going to try and wait until this weekend to make this dinner, so that I can savor the whole journey, but boy!It is going to be a hard to wait! Maybe I can reschedule a bunch of appointments. .no one will mind!

Mama L said...

This recipe sounds wonderful, I am making my shopping list as soon as I am done typing this comment! Blessings