Traditional Scottish chicken tikka masala :)

imageIt drives me potty to see kids consuming loads of junk. It makes me even more upset and in fact down right angry, to see functions with concession stands catering to kids, selling nothing but junk. Come on guys. Sort your act out here! If you need help. Shout. I’ll happily make food recommendations!

I was at a function the other evening and the only “food” and drinks being sold (apart from water and trust me, it wasn’t the drink of choice) were soda, crisps/chips and pizza. I saw lots of very overweight children and I’m not talking about chubby little kids growing into their skin, I’m talking seriously large.

I’m not judging here. I have no idea of whether these kids have health issues. I saw one kid aged about 13 or 14 and if she did have a health issue, then she shouldn’t have been eating 2 slices of pizza, a can of fizzy stuff, a bag of lays salted chips and a bag of Cheetos. And that wasn’t the odd kid out. It really makes me sad and it’s not the size, it’s the health issues that that poor kid will endure as life goes on. Think of the extent to which her organs are laboring. Think of the stress on her body. Shame on the venue for stocking junk food too. As adults, we have a responsibility to the younger generation. What do you think when you are selling all of that crap to kids or do you just not think?

Anyway, we visited the concession stand. My older daughter bought an iced tea (I never say no. She hadn’t tasted it before. I told her it would be sweet and metallic to the taste and guess what, it was and she binned it) My little one looked at the offerings and said “Ugh. Why do they just sell junk?” Yip. Good question Quinn. You know, some plantain kids and some jerk chicken would have been good. Can’t tell me it’s difficult to get that here!

Here’s my trick. Eat a healthy meal before you head out to any functions and carry a few nuts or raisins or banana chips in your bag. We did have a healthy meal so my kids didn’t have a belly to fill. We had my super yummy slow cooker chicken tikka masala. It was a busy day that day so I popped it in the slow cooker at 8 in the morning for 9 hours. We were able to grab and go.

SLOW COOKER CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA

My apologies if I use any odd spices but I’ve been making this forever and it tastes authentic to me LOL! Although this looks hard, it takes less than 20 minutes to pull it together if you have the ingredients! If you don’t have a slow cooker, marinade the chicken tin the spices and lemon juice overnight and then cook up in the tomatoes the next day. It’ll be ready in about 45 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1kg (approx. 2lbs) of chopped chicken (I used breasts)
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 5 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon of mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of fenugeek seeds
  • thumb sized piece of grated ginger
  • ½ thumb sized piece of grated turmeric (if none, use ground turmeric per below spice list)*
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 400g can of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1 can of coconut milk or 200 ml of double/heavy cream

chopped coriander/cilantro to garnish

Spices – you can use a ready made tikka masala blend or here is my mix

  • 1 heaped tablespoon of garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon of ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric (see above)*
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika (smoked if you have it)
  • ½ teaspoon of hot chili powder or cayenne pepper or ¼ teaspoon of chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon of crushed cardamom (if you have it)

Method

Heat the coconut oil and add the mustard seeds and the fenugeek. When the seeds begin to pop, add the garlic, turmeric, ginger and onion and sautee for 10 minutes and then set aside.

Combine the spices and coat the chicken pieces. This is easiest done in a large freezer bag.

Add the coated chicken to the slow cooker. Add the onion mix and combine. Add the chopped tomatoes and combine.

Set the timer to 8 or 9 hours and set to low and cook.

Before serving, add the lemon juice and the coconut milk or heavy cream and leave to cook on high for 15 minutes. Stir and serve.

If the sauce is watery, you can thicken with corn starch or arrowroot flour. Sometimes I need to and sometimes I don’t!

Garnish with cilantro/coriander and serve.

The kids had this with brown rice. I was on easy carb day so I had mine with a big plate of spinach. Yum! Off to have the leftovers for lunch. Til next time……..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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