My first attempt at Indian Food!
Unfortunately, Indian food doesn’t photograph well. It does, however, taste delicious! I tried making chicken tikka masala the other day and it was amazing! I used Aarti Sequeira’s recipe here (I just love her! Want to be besties, Aarti?) Anyway, it turned out so good and my husband was surprised to find out I had made the sauce. He told me if I had said it was from a restaurant, he would have believed me!
Then I made homemade naan (whenever I tell the kids we’re having Indian food, they get all excited because I usually make naan – if I serve Indian food without it they are grumpy). While it doesn’t come close to what you would get with a proper tandoor, it’s a lot better than the storebought kind. Here is the recipe for the naan:
– 1 pkg active dry yeast (2 1/2 tsp)
– 1 cup warm water
– 1/4 cup white sugar
– 3 Tbsp milk
– 1 egg, beaten
– 2 tsp salt
– 4 1/2 cups bread flour (I just use all-purpose)
– 2 tsp minced garlic (optional)
– 1/4 cup butter, melted
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand about 10 minutes, until frothy. Stir in sugar, milk, egg, salt, and enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead for 6 to 8 minutes on a lightly floured surface (or use a kitchenaid mixer – that’s what I do). Place dough in a well oiled bowl, cover with a cloth, and set aside to rise for one hour, or until the dough has doubled in volume.
Punch down dough and knead in garlic (if using). Pinch off small handfuls of dough about the size of a golf ball. Roll into balls, and place on a tray. Cover with a tray and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
During the second rising, preheat grill to high heat (I use my bbq). Roll the balls of dough into thin circles. Lightly oil the grill and place the dough on the grill for about 1 minute each side. Brush with melted butter as the dough is grilling.