I have been a long time fan of Jamie’s TV shows. I’ve always loved his bare bones, accessible approach to high class cooking. Unlike some celebrity chefs I don’t feel intimidated or scared off by his dishes. Yet despite my long time fandom, I have never cooked one of his recipes! Until now that is. Like my fellow food challenger Jason, I am in no way a chef, or a cook, or even mildly competent in the kitchen. Thankfully for me my girlfriend, Melissa, is a fantastic cook! Combine her culinary skills with Jamie’s brilliant recipes and only deliciousness can follow!
For my inaugural food challenge I decide to step outside of our comfort zone and try one of his Indian dishes. Indian food, curry especially, has ingrained itself into British cooking so I thought this would be a great way to try something new, but still something quintessentially Jamie. We chose to make his Tikka Masala Chicken, from page 82.
The best thing about this recipe is how pain free it is. The thought of cooking Indian food scared me at first. I had images of foreign spices and vegetables I’d never seen before or hunting through little India for some rare pepper. I couldn’t have been farther from the truth. The dish was accented very simply with onion, garlic, ginger, chile, and topped with cilantro, almonds and yoghurt.
To make it even easier this dish all goes into one pan (Ohhh yeah!). You simply fry up the veggies, add coconut milk, tomatoes, and your chicken, boil and simmer. Voila! If I’d only known how simple it is too make delicious, authentic Indian cuisine! Oh the possibilities!
To finish it all off, we served the dish on a bed of basmati rice, with some lovely naan and red wine on the side, lovingly brought over by our friend Josh who gave the dish rave reviews (and took home leftovers). This experience has emboldened me to try more Indian recipes and continue to spread out of my culinary comfort zone. Or I’ll just keep making this one over and over…time will tell.