Indian Food Doesn't Need To Be Spicy
Indian food is a delicious choice for dinner when you're in the mood for something exotic and spicy. But making it at home means it doesn't have to be burn-your-mouth-off-hot. Making it at home means you can make this chicken tikka masala recipe mild or spicy as you like.
My parents have loved Indian food for as long as I can remember. Whenever we'd order in, my father would always pitch Indian and my mother and I would always shoot him down, mainly because it was always way too spicy for my immature palate. But a few years ago, I discovered that Indian food, whether you make it yourself or order it from a restaurant, didn't mean I needed to have a pitcher of water nearby. Most Indian restaurants these days offer a milder version of their delicacies for those (like myself) that are not big spice fans. Then I discovered an even better choice: If I made the same dish at home, I got to choose how much cinnamon or cayenne pepper to use, or if I even wanted to use any at all. It was a revelation. I could still have the same delicious Middle Eastern food, but enjoy it rather than pant my way through dinner to the point of hyperventilation.
One of my favorite dishes is chicken tikka masala. The combination of tomatoes, chicken, yogurt and spices over rice makes my heart melt. Add a nice piece of warm garlic or onion naan and you've absolutely made my night. While this chicken tikka masala recipe is slightly more time consuming than some, it's well worth the treat.
Chicken tikka masala recipe
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