Spicy Chicken Tikka on Naan with Cucumber Raita

I love getting a mix kebab (donner+chicken tikka+sheekh) over the weekend. But at a £5 price tag it is expensive. While I love donner kebab its also very fatty and unhealthy. Today I wanted to make my own takeaway meal with the chicken tikka on naan making it a good takeway meal to indulge on. 

I should mention the recipe was spicy with some sweat streaming on my forehand so I if you can’t handle spice very well half the spices to make it mild. 

 

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Method:

  1. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces and mix the chilli powder, paprika powder and cayenne pepper to the yoghurt to make it into a paste. Add the birds eye chilli to the paste and add the chicken pieces and marinate for 4-6 hours.
  2. On a hot pan add a slight dash of olive oil or sunflower oil and fry the chicken pieces on both sides.
  3. Grill the chicken on a medium grill for 10 to 15 minutes. 
  4. For the cucumber raita cut the cucumber into bite size pieces and mix it with the yoghurt and add the cumin and refrigerate it for an hour. I made the raita the same time as the marinade.  
  5. Serve with salad or eat on its own. 

Although the chicken was spicy I just used water to calm my mouth. How do you combat spicy food in your mouth, do you use water, milk, milkshake or just water? 

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Easy Curried chickpeas (Cholay)

I recently made some chickpeas with some inspiration from allrecipes.

I changed some of the steps to adapt to the slow cooker. The recipe called for using a tea bag and some bay leaves while boiling the chickpeas a step only to be used if you buy raw chickpeas that needs to be soaked overnight. I did use a tea bag but was a cheap one and not earl grey or english breakfast, you can avoid the step if you use tin chickpeas, just drain the liquid. The teabag seem to just have a tea colour stain on the chickpeas, maybe If I used Earl Grey or English Breakfast would be different.

Ingredients
2 tsp olive or vegetable oil
500g chickpeas
2 medium onions, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp dried herbs
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp tomato purée
400g chopped tomates tin
Salt to taste

Method
Heat a pan with olive or vegetable oil and fry the cumin seeds. Once they start to sizzle add the onion. Add the salt as it helps the onions fry quicker. Add the crushed garlic cloves to the onions. Once the onions are brown add the tomato purée and spices.

Let the purée blend well for 5mins and let the mixture cool down. After it cools down add the mixture to a blender and blend for a couple of minutes.

If you do not have a slow cooker add the mixture to the pan again, add the chickpeas bring it to the boil and simmer for about an hour.

I added the blended mixture to the slow cooker along the chickpeas and let it cook on slow setting for 6 hours.

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Serve with some basmati Rice or nan bread.

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