Though Indian food is stereotyped as being super creamy and not that healthy. This recipe proves that wrong with this take on the classic Indian-inspired dish.This recipe is courtesy of Slimming World.
"This dish is at the tippy top of my favorite foods list. In an effort to both tip my hat to tradition and find the easiest way to make Tikka Masala, I’ve blended methods here. You’ll be using high heat to bring out the roasted flavor of the spices, creating layers and a lot of depth. Then you’ll turn to the beloved slow cooker to take care of the rest. Serve it over a big bowl of either Basic Cauliflower Rice and top with jalapeños to your heart’s desire." -Casey Joy GarciaRecipe excerpted from cookbook Fed & Fit: A 28 Day Food & Fitness Plan to Jump-Start Your Life with Over 175 Squeaky-Clean Paleo Recipes by Casey Joy Garcia
I made a "not so traditional" version of chicken tikka masala. But, then again I am not sure if there is anything that qualifies as a "traditional Indian tikka masala." In fact, chicken tikka masala was not even born in India.
Rumor has it that years back in the 1960s, a British gentleman stepped into an Indian restaurant and returned his order of chicken tikka, complaining that it was undercooked. Tired of his customer's rants, the chef opened a can of tomato soup, threw in some cream and cooked the tikka in the sauce. Ironically, the dish became so popular in England that in 2001, it was declared England's national dish.
Some Indian critics claim that it was born in the early 1500s when Babar, a Mughal emperor sick of choking on the bones of his tandoori chicken, asked his Punjabi cooks to remove all the bones. Cooks terrified of the angry emperor chopped off all the bones before throwing the chicken into the tandoor (clay oven). They cooked the chicken in spices and served it to the emperor.
Whatever be the story, I know that it is one of the most popular Indian dishes and the kind of chicken tikka masala a restaurant serves determines the quality of a restaurant and a chef in my book. This is a quicker and simpler version from a busy mom to some Indian food lovers and I have a feeling that you are going to like it!