Coast Cooking

Coast Cooking: Try  some Indian cuisine

By JULIAN BRUNT/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALD

Chicken tikka masala is a great hearty dish.
Chicken tikka masala is a great hearty dish.

I love this time of the year! The mornings are so fresh, the sun is bright, and, perhaps best of all, I long for hearty, filling foods.

A big gumbo would be good, or a beef stew, but Indian food is full of hearty dishes, and I thought you might enjoy this one.

One of my favorite spicy and oh so filling foods is chicken tikka masala, a dish so delicious it is the national dish of Great Britain.

It is of course of Indian origins, and if you are not familiar with Indian food it may seem a bit spicy at first, but give it a chance and you will soon be craving it just as I do.

CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA

2 cups boneless chicken thighs

1 cup yogurt

3 teaspoons cumin

1 tablespoon butter

2 minced cloves of garlic

2 teaspoons coriander

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon garam masala

1, 8-oz. can of tomato sauce

1 cup cream

Fresh cilantro

Marinate the chicken in a mixture of yogart and 1 teaspoon cumin for 2 hours. Melt the butter in a sauté pan and add the garlic, cook for 1 minute. Add 2 teaspoons cumin, the paprika, gram masala, tomato sauce and a pinch of salt, and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the cream and simmer until thick. Take the chicken out of the marinade and grill until browned and cooked through. Add to the sauce, simmer 5 minutes more and serve with steamed rice.

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