Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Guest post: rani in the kitchen part 3

Today's guest post in part 3 in the series "Rani in the Kitchen" by my friend Amy. Click here for part 1 and here for part 2.

Today's recipe is one of just a handful recipes I cook that are non-vegetarian. Several months ago, my finance and I were watching Rachel Ray's cooking show. Rachel was making a Chicken Tikka kabob recipe that my finance exclaimed "looked delicious." I took a portion of her recipe, and gave it my own spin. After realizing how quick and easy it was for me to cook, and the fact that my finance thought it was delicious, I've stuck by the recipe as an quick and easy way to feed my non-vegetarian friends. If you're a vegetarian like me, you may also like this recipe because it involves minimal interaction with the chicken- something that is good because I'm not very adept at cooking chicken!

The original recipe also calls for "curry powder." Recall from my earlier post that curry powder is not really used in Indian households, but if you have some you can use it in this recipe! (Jay and I actually inherited a bottle, so we do have this on hand).

If you do not have curry powder, here is a simple curry powder recipe:

3 tablespoons of turmeric
2 tablespoons of ground coriander
1 tablespoon of ground cumin
1/2 tablespoon of black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of chili powder or paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground caradmom pods

optional to your curry powder
1/2 teaspoon clove
1/2 teaspoon dried garlic and/or onion
As with most Indian cooking, there are a million different ways to make curry powder (just google it!) And now my Chicken Tikka Recipe

Easy Chicken Tikka

1 cup plain yogurt (non-fat is ok, but tends to make the recipe a bit more watery)
1 heaping tablespoon mild curry powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger*
1 teaspoon chopped garlic*
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
Pinch of Salt and Black Pepper
A handful (3 tablespoons) cilantro leaves, finely chopped
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast meat, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes (you can use frozen chicken breasts too)
1 teaspoon black mustard seed (omit if you do not have black mustard seeds - do not substitute for yellow)
2 tablespoons oil
* Alternatively use ginger and garlic paste.

1) In a large bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, curry powder, ginger, garlic, chili powder, salt, and cilantro.

2) Chop chicken into bite size pieces. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
3) Stir chicken into yogurt mixture, cover, and marinate for 20-30 minutes.
4) Heat oil over medium medium heat and put in mustard seeds. Cook mustard seeks for 10 seconds, or until they begin to pop.
5) Take pan off heat to allow to cool down for 45 second - to one minute. Add chicken/yogurt mixture into pan.
6) Saute chicken for 10-15 minutes on medium heat or until cooked through.

7) Sprinkle some chopped cilantro on top and serve with warm bread or rice. Enjoy!


  1. Sorry this has nothing to do with Amy's post. Although that looking delicious and I am going to have to try it. I just run across these cookies on Etsy and I thought how perfect they would have been for your birthday party. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33589116&utm_source=bronto&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Image&utm_content=etsy_finds_021609&utm_campaign=etsy_finds_021609 There is alway next year.

  2. Kristin - wow, those are gorgeous and would have been perfect! Thanks for thinking of me!

  3. Am---this looks and sounds delic! I would eat mine with BOTH rice and bread! :)