Chicken Tikka Masala
I had to track down a few ingredients for this recipe — namely the amchur powder, which is made from dried, ground green mangos, and garam masala, which is actually a mix of numerous spices, that you could make yourself if you felt inspired. A number of my cooking-prone friends love Indian food but just don’t cook it themselves. The spices intimidate them. Understandably — spices like amchur powder, fenugreek and asafoedida are not everyday culinary ingredients. I’m lucky — there are numerous Indian markets near my home, and the spices were easy to find and inexpensive. If there is an Indian grocery store near you, or even slightly out of the way, I recommend going. In addition to the spices, there are so many great items you just don’t see in other places. I couldn’t resist a jar of lime pickle, ghee (which you can also make yourself) and a package of papadam, which are incredible tasty, flat cracker-like treats made out of lentil flour and spices. Note: if there is no Indian grocer near you, I’ve actually found a lot of the spices I need at well-stocked natural food stores or online at reasonable prices.
package of papadam