Balti Chicken

Balti Chicken

Balti Chicken

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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I’ve wanted to make this recipe ever since I saw it in a movie set in the U.K. and tried some from a local Indian restaurant, Koh-I-Noor and because it has been rainy and nasty outside today (kind of reminds me of Britain) I decided to make it today.

This particular version is “healthier” than those that you would find in an Indian Takeaway joint in the U.K. however it is still full flavoured and filling.

Here’s how we do this one.

Shopping list:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless Chicken Breast cut into bite sized pieces
  • 250 ml Passata
  • 150 ml Water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 medium Onion – coarsely grated
  • 1 medium Tomato – diced
  • 1 Red Pepper roughly chopped
  • 1 small to medium Green Chili
  • 4 Garlic cloves – diced
  • 1 tbsp Lime juice
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Chili powder
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 3 tsp Ground Cardamom 
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 3 tsp ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground Coriander
  • 2 tbsp Garam Masala 
  • Rice Pilaf for service

Putting it all together:

  1. Put the chicken in a medium bowl. Mix in the lime juice, paprika, chili powder and a grinding of black pepper , then leave to marinate for at least 15 mins, preferably a bit longer.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a large non-stick sauté pan. Tip in the cinnamon stick, cardamom , whole chili and 1 teaspoon ground cumin , and stir-fry briefly just to colour and release their fragrance.  Stir in the onion, garlic and ginger and fry over a medium-high heat for 3-4 mins until the onion starts to turn brown. Add the remaining oil, then drop in the chicken and stir-fry for 2-3 mins or until it no longer looks raw. Mix the turmeric,  remaining cumin, ground coriander and Garam Masala together. Tip into the pan, lower the heat to medium and cook for 2 mins . Pour in the Passata and 150 ml water, then drop in the chunks of pepper. When starting to bubble, lower the heat and simmer for 15-20 mins or until the chicken is tender.
  3. Stir in the tomato, simmer for 2-3 mins. Season with a little salt. If you want to thin down the sauce, splash in a little more water. Remove the cinnamon stick and chili.
  4. Serve with rice.

There you have it another “Simple but tasty recipe for the grilling season and beyond.”

Until next time…..

                          Bon Appetit 

Veggie Quinoa

Veggie Quinoa

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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I am 95% “Meatasaurus” and 5% “Vegisaurus” which mathematically means I am no part “Vegansaurus”  and that math works for me since I adore my meat. As for dairy, fruit and veggies… I can’t see living without them but I also can’t see having a strict diet of them but to those who can live on a strictly vegetarian diet I doff my hat to you. With that being said I recently found myself contemplating a veggie dinner more out of necessity than any other reason. It was between grocery shopping days and there was no protein (read meat) in the house…… besides I was to lazy to go out and get some so after peering into the pantry for what seemed like an eternity a plan was formed. I would use up the rest of the Quinoa and add other little goodies to it.

Now for those of you who may not be familiar with Quinoa it is simply a grain that is cooked similar to rice and, in my humble opinion, is every bit as good as rice but is oft times overlooked as a substitute for rice or other starches AND Quinoa absorbs whatever flavors are added to it so that makes it very versatile.

Here’s how we do this one.

Shopping List:

  • 1 3/4 cups Chicken stock
  • 1 cup Quinoa (normal liquid to Quinoa ratio is 2-1)
  • Half a medium onion- chopped
  • Half a seeded and chopped Jalapeno
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen mixed veggies
  • Two garlic cloves- diced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon each of Oregano and Thyme
  • 2 Tablespoons Canola oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Putting it all together:

  • In a medium sized pot combine the Quinoa, chicken stock and Turmeric
  • Bring the pot to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer
  • Simmer the Quinoa for approx. 20 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed
  • Meanwhile, in a large sauce pan heat the oil and saute the garlic and onion until the onion is translucent— approx. 3 mins.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the garlic and onion and continue sauteing until the veggies are heated through. If need be add a little water to the veggies.

Once the Quinoa has cooked add it to the veggies and mix well. Spoon into a bowl and enjoy. Also feel free to add whatever protein you like. I would suggest chicken or shrimp.

There you have it, another “simple but tasty recipe for the grilling season and beyond”

Until next time……….

                           Bon Appetite