I love Indian food. I admit that I am far from being an expert. I wish I were. But, thanks to Indian friends and clients, I know a thing or two. I own an Indian cookbook, I know where my local Indian market is, I've made Biryani and Tikka Masala from scratch. And since I love to cook, it's fun but make no mistake, cooking Indian takes time and lots of ingredients. Mainly spices. Lots and lots of spices.
Recently, I was cruising the aisles at Aldi and came across a brand of Indian "simmer sauces." I got so excited; what a great way to have some Indian on a quick weeknight schedule. And, the little one (not so little anymore...just had a birthday!) has been expressing interest in Indian food. I bought Korma, Jalfrezi and Tikka Masala.
It couldn't be simpler: cube up some chicken, saute it to brown, saute onions, sweet bell peppers, peas, whatever. I added some chopped spinach to the most recent batch to add well, spinach, and color.
|Simmering away with Tikka Masala sauce|
The first couple times I made it, I worried that the sauce might be a little spicy for the Vivver. I portioned out enough for her and added some half & half to tone it down. However, on our most recent dinner, she tasted it ahead of time and deemed it not too spicy, so I left it alone. And since Aldi is the bomb-diggity that it is, they also sell really awesome packaged Naan bread that just takes minutes to warm in the oven. It's like restaurant food on a Tuesday night!
|Our chicken Tikka Masala over Basmati rice and served with garlic naan|