The New Year has begun but some things still stay the same i.e. my love for american football. College football finished up last week with my hated rival school being crowned national champions.. So for this weekend the attention shifted over to the professional ranks. Which automatically meant the quality of my game day food moved up a notch from the simple Spinach Dip to the deliciously appealing Chicken Naan Bites..
I have been dreading the arrival of this week for a while now. The feeling was the same that me and everyone of us had as a kid, i.e. the end of the holidays and the beginning of school. So it was no surprise that the last few days turned out to be extremely hectic. The first day of classes, getting the books and the study materials, attending long lectures; it was quiet a whirlwind. At the end of the day on Friday all I wanted to do was sleep and not wake up till at least Sunday morning (CHUCKLES!!)
The only reason I woke up on Saturday was due to the fact that the football playoffs were going to begin. Its the same old cliched fact; boys and their unabashed love of sports. (LAUGHS!!!). With their being two games starting late afternoon I had my work cut out to not only whip up something delicious which was good enough to post on the blog. I do not know how but this time I was up to the task (LAUGHS!!!).
It actually didn’t take too long for me to figure out the perfect recipe for the occasion. I opened up my freezer and the chicken which was sitting there was just screaming to be used so it became the star of the dish. When I opened up the fridge I found the perfect supporting actor for the dish i.e NAAN. If the perfectly spiced tender chicken was sitting on the soft naan then you get one delectably mouth-watering bite fit for a king.
To cook the chicken I was inspired by a legendary dish of Indian Cuisine i.e. Butter Chicken. To begin with I marinated the chicken in yogurt, chili powder, turmeric and malvani masala (a local spice blend from my home town). Don’t worry if y’all do not have this blend. Any store-bought garam masala will do just as well. For the gravy I used the usual suspect which were tomato puree and roasted onion paste. But I added a 1/2 cup of almond paste also to give it a nutty flavor.
A little chili powder provided the perfect amount of heat to the dish while the heavy cream gave it the needed creaminess. A touch more malvani masala provided the perfect cherry to top off the flavorful gravy. Use the naan to scoop up this rich, creamy goodness and you are in food heaven.
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Chicken Naan Bites
- ½ lb Chicken
- 3 tbsp Yogurt
- ½ tsp Chili Powder
- ½ tsp Turmeric
- ¾ tsp Malvani Masala/Store-bought Garam Masala
- 1 cup Tomato Puree
- 1 Onion finely chopped
- 2 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
- ½ cup Almonds
- 1 tsp Chili Powder
- ½ tsp Malvani Masala/Store-bought Garam Masala
- 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
- ½ cup Heavy Cream
- 2 tbsp Butter
- A Packet of bite-size Naan
- Cilantro to garnish
- Marinate the chicken in the above mentioned ingredients for 4 hours in the refrigerator.
- Roast the onions in a little oil and then make a paste using a little water. Blend the almonds in this paste as well.
- Melt the butter in a medium saucepan and add in the cumin seeds.
- Once the seeds splutter add in the ginger-garlic paste cook for 3-4 minutes till the raw smell vanishes
- Mix in the onion-almond paste,tomato puree as well as chili powder and malvani masala and let the gravy come to a boil.
- Add the marinated chicken as well as the heavy cream and continue cooking for till the chicken gets fully cooked and the gravy thickens up.
- To assemble warm the naan according to the packet instructions. Scoop a spoonful of the chicken gravy onto the naan and enjoy.