For Tikka Masala:
4 tablespoons fresh organic ginger, peeled and grated
3 tablespoons fresh turmeric, peeled and grated
1 large organic jalapeño, seeded and chopped
2 organic yellow onions, finely chopped
12 cloves organic garlic, peeled and minced.
2 14-ounce cans organic crushed tomatoes
4 tablespoons organic tomato paste
2 tablespoons organic ground cumin
1 tablespoon organic ground coriander
2 tablespoons organic paprika
1/2 teaspoon organic ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon organic ground cardamom
1 tablespoon organic ground black pepper
2 teaspoons pink himalayan sea salt, plus more to taste
3 pounds boneless, skinless organic chicken breasts, chopped
1 cup plain organic yogurt
¾ cup organic heavy cream
2 tablespoons organic tapioca flour
§ Combine fresh garlic, fresh turmeric, jalapeno, onions, garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste, cumin, coriander, paprika, cinnamon, cardamom, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. Add chicken and toss to coat chicken with spice mixture.
§ Slow cook mixture on low for 5 to 6 hours.
§ Whisk together heavy cream and starch, and add to slow cooker with yogurt. Change temperature to high and cook for 15 to 30 minutes, until heated through
For Aromatic Rice:
2 cup organic basmati rice
2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
4 large cloves organic garlic, minced
2 tablespoons organic ginger, peeled and grated
1 tablespoon organic fresh turmeric, peeled and grated
2 teaspoons pink himalayan sea salt
4 cups boiling water
2 tablespoons organic lemon or lime juice
1 cup organic dried fruit (chopped apricots cranberries, or raisins)
¾ cup chopped organic cilantro
1 cup organic pistachios, toasted
§ Pour the dry rice into a bowl, cover with water and soak for 30 minutes.
§ Saute garlic and ginger in the coconut oil over medium heat until pungent, about 4 minutes
§ Add the rice, turmeric and salt, and sauté an additional 1 to 2 minutes.
§ Add 4 cups of boiling water, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered until water is absorbed, about 25 to 30 minutes.
§ Just before finished, add lemon/lime juice and dried fruit. Recover and continue cooking until rice is done
§ Add cilantro and pistachios to rice and stir together
Serve Chicken Tikka Masala over Aromatic Rice with additional chopped cilantro and a dollop of yogurt. Enjoy!!
Suzy is a corporate warrior by day and budding entrepreneur and fledgling "green" cook by night. Russ is happily retired, focusing his energy on healthy eating and fitness, handy in all things home, and working feverishly to support our new home based business.