Wednesday, August 22, 2007

I Made Indian Food!

I did something crazy last night! I made Indian food. Thanks to Cara at, I finally got enough courage to try it out.
Fair warning on this, you need to let the chicken marinate overnight, so I had every intention of making this a few times last week, hitting myself in the head saying, duh! It has to be prepared the day before!

Tandoori Style Chicken with Banana Raita
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp minced fresh ginger**
1 tbsp curry powder
salt and pepper
handful of fresh chopped cilantro
1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt
6 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks**

Combine all ingredients besides chicken and mix well. Place in a ziploc bag or baking dish with chicken and marinate overnight.

Banana Raita
1/2 of a banana, chopped
1/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt
small handful fresh chopped cilantro
dash of curry powder
Combine above ingredients and chill until ready to serve.

When ready to cook chicken, remove from marinade and thread onto skewers. Grill over low-to-medium heat until cooked through, turning as necessary. Serve with banana raita.

**My Notes** I was out of fresh ginger, so I had to use ground ginger. I also didn't fully read the recipe, so I missed the part about cutting the chicken into pieces. Well I didn't have any skewers at home, so I just left them as a whole chicken breast. I also only used 2 chicken breast, b/c I was sure if we would like this.

I also did a sweet potato with this dish. I cut up about 3 sweet potatoes (average size) drizzled with EVOO, seasoned with red pepper flakes & cayenne pepper. They were a bit spicy, so I added some brown sugar to tone it down after they were done cooking. To cook, just put in a foil packet & place on the grill until soft.

Review: I wasn't as much of a fan as my hubby was. He LOVES cilantro, I am not a big fan, so that was what I didn't like, the cilantro in the raita part, but I pushed all that aside & the chicken itself was really tasty. I am glad I tried my hand at ethnic cuisine. Hubby said he would eat it again, not every night, but certainly again.


Meg's Adventures in the Kitchen said...

wow this looks really good! *starred* :)

Renea said...

Mmm that chicken looks really good! I've never made Indian food either.