Indian Food Wednesday!

Chicken tikka masala, it’s been way too long.

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Tuesday night, while setting out the ingredients for Wednesday’s slow cooker destiny, I thought to myself, “This could totally become a regular thing again!”

And then I started making everything and very quickly changed my mind.

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Anyone else get a little intimidated to see more than 15 ingredients and a very long prep process?

At the same time, it actually felt very luxurious to take my time and actually cook. Meals have been so fast and furious lately -10 minutes or less to prep is the standard- it was almost a form of meditation to measure components, grind cardamom, peel and grate fresh ginger.The Pilot was watching TV, Liv and the pups were fast asleep, and it was just me, some chicken and a whole heck of a lot of spices.

I prepped the marinade:

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then made the masala.

I’m pretty sure it’s illegal to boil gorgeous heirloom tomatoes, but I haven’t really been in a raw tomato mood. They gave the masala lovely bursts of soft green.

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(I was especially excited to use these cute little chiles)

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Both the marinated chicken and masala were stored separately in the fridge to put in the slow cooker during Wednesday’s lunch break:

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The chicken tikka masala came out really well, but sadly, not exactly like my favorite Indian restaurant’s. I think Indian food is like so many ethnic cuisines; you have to really know the spices, put the measuring spoons down and go by how you feel. When I cook, I rarely measure unless I’m baking, and the best dishes are the ones that were improvised as I went along. For Indian food, I’m not 100% comfortable just throwing the necessary spices into a dish. Practice makes better though, right?

To my happy surprise, the tiny two Thai chiles were just enough to push this dish into burn-your-face-off territory, so I’m even more excited for leftovers tomorrow.

What’s on the menu for dinner tonight? Are you eating like a PRO today?

I’m off to teach buff booty! Enjoy your almost-Friday.



Just for kicks: The dogs after their grooming appointment. Caro did great, they both smell lovely… and have a little bit of the “pea in a pod” syndrome going on.

Sisters <3

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  1. Monica on February 7, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Did today’s workout! My quads are feeling it!

  2. Laura B on February 7, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Wow, the stair master was brutal! I did the first 10 minutes and then modified and just did another 10 at 5. That was hard enough! Then I switched to the elliptical for another 20 minutes, 10 steady and 10 similar to the stair master workout. Finished it all up with the plank session. Also, am I checking in in the right spot? It’s kind of confusing where we’re supposed to do it each day.

  3. Kaitlin on February 7, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Just took a Step class….killer! Also did workout #2 earlier today (behind a day on the schedule)–only made it through 2 rounds before muscle fatigue set in, but that means I pushed myself.

  4. Julie on February 8, 2013 at 12:44 am

    I love cooking and I love when I can cook. However, it’s not relaxing when I’m super tired like I have been and had to spend an hour in the kitchen.

  5. Bek @ Crave on February 8, 2013 at 2:48 am

    Oh well, atleast that means you’ll have to try again 😉

  6. Lucie on February 8, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Cooking is so relaxing when you have the time!! And the pups are the cutest. THE CUTEST!!

  7. catherine c. on February 8, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Did the workout for yesterday (forgot to tell you!) 🙂 sweaty sweaty sweaty!

  8. Pam on February 8, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Looking forward to today’s day off — yesterday’s stairmaster was BEASTLY. I’ve never been on a stairmaster before, so I think I should’ve taken it a little easier perhaps.

  9. Megan on February 8, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I had to switch out Wednesday and Thursday’s workout — LOVED IT!

  10. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on February 8, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Omg the puppies are so adorable! I’m so glad Caroline did so great with the groomers!

  11. Avery on February 9, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I love the process of cooking a nice, meal but Indian food is really tough! There are so many spices involved in Indian cooking, the balance is hard to figure out. I try to remind myself that chefs at Indian restaurants and almost always, well, Indian. They have likely had a whole lifetime to learn those skills! Probably while watching their own mothers cook! Practice makes perfect!

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