I was walking through the store yesterday and took a turn down the “ethnic foods” aisle. I always see these delicious looking indian, spanish, and asian simmering sauces but never buy them. One of my favorite indian food dishes is Chicken Tikka Masala. I love it! I sort of assume no jar of sauce in a store can beat the real deal in a restaurant, but I decided to give it a try anyway.
Along with the chicken, I bought a bag of dried lentils. The only time I’ve ever tried lentils at home was when I picked up some pre-made lentils from Trader Joes. I was not a fan….
I found a great looking recipe for lentils on Allrecipes.com and thought it would be perfect with the chicken. Here’s the recipe I used for the lentils:
- 1 cup brown lentils
- 3 cups water
- half an onion- I only had a red onion but I’m sure white onions would be great.
- 1 potato, peeled and chopped
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin powder
- 2 tbsp dried parsley flakes
- 2 1/2 cups water
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cloves of garlic
First up, I combined the lentils with 3 cups of water and brought it to a boil. Once it started boiling, I reduced the heat to a simmer and let it simmer for about 10 minutes (uncovered).
While the lentils were cooking, I sauteed the onion and garlic until cooked through. I also peeled and chopped the potato and got the spices together.
Once the lentils were done cooking, I added the onion, garlic, spices, and potato.
How long do you guys keep your spices? I was looking at my dried parsley and realized I bought that when I lived in San Francisco which was about oh, 3 years ago? I hear you’re supposed to trash them after a few months…oops!
After all the mix-ins were added, I added the rest of the water and brought it back to a boil. Once it started boiling, I took it off the burner, covered it, and let it sit for 20 minutes.
While the lentils were finishing up, I cooked the chicken. I added the sauce after the chicken (which I chopped up) was cooked. I let it simmer in the sauce for about 15 minutes. It smelled amazing!
So easy! Along with the chicken and lentils I steamed some broccoli. I also bought some pitas to go along with the meal (naan is so much better! But I’m trying to stay relatively healthy here).
Dinner is served!
The tikka masala sauce was pretty good. Not as good as restaurants (I’m sure there’s lots of good butter, cream, etc. added mmm) but pretty good nonetheless.
Hope you all have a great Tuesday!