delicious dinner

This dinner from The Real Meal Revolution was relatively simple to prepare. My sauce turned out much runnier than the picture in the recipe book, possibly because I didn’t do the whole blender part. I also didn’t have any fresh coriander on hand, but it still tasted good.


Chicken Tikka Masala 

For the Chicken
500g boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 cup extra-thick yoghurt
1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
3 cloves garlic, minced
salt and black pepper

1. Mix the yoghurt, ginger and garlic and season to taste
2. Add chicken and marinate for at least 30 minutes

For the Sauce 
3 tbsp butter
2 tsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1½ tbsp ginger, peeled and minced
1 red chilli, minced (seeds removed if you don’t like it spicy)
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp garam masala
7 roma tomatoes, diced (or 1 tin chopped peeled tomatoes)
1½ tsp salt
2 cups water
½ cup cream
1 handful fresh coriander, roughly chopped

1. Place a large pan on medium heat, then add the butter and olive oil. When the butter has melted, add garlic, ginger and chilli and sauté until lightly browned.
2. Add the tomato paste and cook until the tomato has darkened in colour, about three minutes.
3. Add the paprika and garam masala and sauté for another minute.
4. Add the tomatoes, salt and water. Bring the sauce to a boil, then turn down the heat to a simmer and cover.
5. Cook for 20 minutes, take the pan off the heat and allow the sauce to cool for five minutes.
6. Meanwhile, preheat your grill and cover a roasting tray with foil.
7. Remove the chicken thigh chunks from the marinade and place on the tray. Place under the grill and cook for about five minutes on each side, until lightly charred and cooked through. Don’t worry if the chicken is still a little uncooked but charred on the outside. It will cook in the sauce.
8. Use a blender or processor to blend the sauce until smooth. Pour back into the pan. Bring the sauce back up to a boil and add the chicken.
9. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, covered, for about 10 minutes.
10. Add the cream and fresh coriander, stir through and serve.

As a side dish, I chose to do the Green Beans with Toasted Almonds and Lemon Butter

400g green beans, topped and tailed
60g butter
3 tbsp almond slithers, toasted in a dry pan
juice of 1 lemon
salt and pepper

1. In a small pot, bring some water to a boil and blanch the beans for two minutes. Refresh them in cold or iced water so they keep their colour and texture.
2. In a large pan or work, melt the butter and warm it until just before it turns brown, then add the beans. (If the butter is a little brown, it will add a nice nutty flavour).
3. Toss the beans until they are warmed through, then add the almonds and lemon juice.
4. Season with salt and pepper and serve.


— Liza

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