Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Quicky lunch for one - Chicken Tikka Masala

I know chicken tikka curry doesnt  exactly sound like a quick and easy meal, but if you have been entertaining like crazy for last few days and now have refrigerator full of tupperware boxes with leftovers just sufficient for one/ two  person, this could be a easy meal.

What you need

Few pieces of left over chicken tikka ( super easy , will share recipe in next post )

Onions - roughly chopped or if you are using smaller onions like  i did , just cut in halves.

Tomatoes (2, preferably pureed - boil in water for couple of minutes, remove skin , blend )

Chicken curry masala (i usually perfer making my own masalas for gravies but for a working day these can be real life savers)

And ofcorse, oil, salt & turmeric

Now the easy part.

Step 1 :

Heat oil in kadhai, add chopped onions, fry for few minutes. Once onion become slighly translucent add pureed tomatoes, cook for few minutes on medium heat (no need for continuous stirring , just make sure it doesn't stick to pan, add water if required . This whole process should take about 5-7 minutes.

Step 2 : 

Now add turmeric powder, salt (be mindful, tikka would have salt of its own so adjust accordingly) and chicken masala powder, mix well and stir for couple of minutes, add water , turn the heat to simmer and cover and cook for 5-7 minute ( this is when you answer few calls, reply to emails :) ) 

Step 3  ( you can skip if you want , in that case leave it on heat for few more minutes so onion and tomato gets a right gravy consistency) 

Once gravy cooks thoroughly, turn off the heat, using a hand blender ( in case you dont have one wait for it to cool a little before transferring it in blender jar ) , mix this in kadhai itself for  a minute. 

Step 4 : 

Turn on the heat , add your chicken tikkas, cook for couple of minutes on high heat. Check salt 

And serve with rice / chappati ...comforting meal for one is ready ! 

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