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Shrimp Curry with Mango

Shrimp Curry with Mango

I can’t believe it’s nearing the end of August, the summertime, light, warm evenings that make food blogging fun and simple! I also can’t believe with September approaching that I would have been doing this for THREE years. To some, that might not seem like a long time, but in my perspective, I started cooking with a one year old on my hip and a two year old wrapped around one of my legs, and now they’re both in school!! {Tear} :-( Life has gotten a little simpler and quieter, which is kind of sad in many ways, but it does give me a little more time to dedicate to creating more delicious recipes! The further along I go in this “process” the more I learn about myself, my tastes, my families tastes and my cooking style– and I have so much more to learn i’m excited to keep on going! One thing I have discovered is how much I LOVE making and eating Indian food!! Some of my absolute BEST, most favorite recipes are in my Indian cooking section, and I am so excited to add one more on there today!
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Shrimp Tikka Masala, Mango & Jalapeño Skewers

Shrimp Tikka Masala, Mango & Jalapeño Skewers

This week I thought I would play on one of my all time favorite recipes, and in celebration of summer approaching, make some chicken tikka masala skewers. But when I got my chicken out, it had already gone bad, so I deferred to some shrimp I had luckily sitting in my freezer instead. Usually when something doesn’t work out the way I had planned–it actually turns out better, which is the case with these shrimp tikka masala skewers! I wish the shrimp I had on hand, had tails on them, and were slightly prettier, but with the orange mango, and green lime and jalapeños, they actually turned out vibrant, and kinda pretty. The flavors worked awesomely together! Usually I pair my tikka masala with mango chutney, so the sweet mango slices were a MUST, then I added some jalapeños for some additional heat, and some lime wedges. I was going to serve them on a bed of rice, without the sauce–but my husband and I both agreed that the masala sauce was the best part, so I added it at the last minute, and i’m so glad I did! I spooned some of it over the kababs while I was cooking them, and it added a lot of extra flavor and color! I invited my bro in law Dexter over for dinner, and we all LOVED these! They are one of the BEST things I have made in a really long time, and can’t wait to make more this summer! I hope you guys all enjoy!
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Tikka Masala FRIES

Tikka Masala FRIES

A new, popular food fad is to load up fries with delicious, creative toppings and sauces that go way beyond your average “chili cheese fries!” I saw a post on pinterest the other day for chicken tikka masala fries, and couldn’t resist! I mean, I should have at least tried–because I am trying to eat a little healthier as we go into this summer swim-suit season, but I made them anyway, and I was not sorry. Maybe because I decided to lighten the recipe up with oven-baked fries! I used my favorite bombay house chicken tikka masala as the base of this recipe– the fries are covered in the chicken tikka spices, and loaded up with creamy, delicious masala sauce and topped with some fresh cilantro. I served them with some sweet mango chutney, just to balance out out the flavors, and there were SO divine! I can definitely see why these are such a big craze lately! I hope you guys all love them too!
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Chicken Biryani

Chicken Biryani

I have already found my favorite go-to recipes for chicken curry, chicken tikka masala, chicken korma, and chicken Makhani {aka. Indian Butter chicken}, which are some of my favorite recipes of all time, and the most popular out of all the recipes on my Blog. The next two most popular Indian chicken dishes on my list to make– are chicken tandoori and chicken biryani. I decided to make them together, because they both go hand in hand! The first day I made a curried pilaf rice with the tandoori chicken, then the next day, I chopped up the chicken, sautéed it up with the spinach, added the left-over curried rice, and served it with a side of raita to make the Biryani. This Biryani recipe might seem like a lot of work, but when you make the chicken tandoori and curried pilaf rice as your meal the day before, it comes together in minutes! I have tried a lot of Biryani’s, that have been dry, or bland, or too greasy–but this recipe is the BEST one I have ever tasted–so i’m really excited to add yet another awesome indian chicken dish to my repertoire! I hope you guys enjoy!
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Quick & Simple Mint-Cucumber Raita

Quick & Simple Mint-Cucumber Raita

This week I decided to make a delicious Chicken Biryani, which I couldn’t serve without a side of delicious, cooling, raita! I have attempted raita, and its cousin tzatziki, in the past–but just couldn’t seem to get them as thick and creamy and flavorful as I would have liked. This time, I decided to use the highest quality greek yoghurt that I could find, so the base of the sauce was instantly as thick and creamy as possible, then drained every last bit of water from the cucumbers I could so the sauce would stay like that, and not thin out. Not only was this raita finally the perfect texture I had been looking for–but the seasonings, spices and added mint were the perfect blend of flavors. It was delicious served alongside the Biryani–but would also be a delicious accompaniment for any spicy curry, chicken tikka masala, or stuffed naan. What are some things that you like to serve with a raita?
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