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Chicken Chilli Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Chilli Masala – The Ultimate Version of the UK’s Favourite Curry

When it comes to Indian cuisine, there is no shortage of delicious, flavour-packed dishes to choose from.  Among the many mouth-watering options available, Chicken Tikka Chilli Masala is a dish that is sure to please.

I first tried this at the Cinnamon Lounge in Rishworth a few years ago one Christmas. We were there with some some friends, and I saw it on the menu.  Initially I was tempted by the chillis, but was put off by the Tikka Masala element. Continue reading

Mint Raita Recipe

Spicy Mint Raita Recipe – Add More Bite to your Curry

This Mint Raita Recipe, which is sometimes called yoghurt sauce, is fantastic when served as a starter side dish with popadoms, samosa, and kebabs such as sheesh or shami.  In addition, I also think it works really well as accompaniment to have with many of my curry recipes, so much so that here at Currytastic Towers we tend to have it with all curries.

What is Mint Raita?

In Indian cuisine, Raita is a side dish or a “dip” that is made of yoghurt with raw or sometimes cooked vegetables, herbs and spices.

What is Mint Raita Used For?

It can be used to contrast the spiciness of curries or kebabs and have a cooling, soothing effect.  It can also be used to compliment the spiciness by having chilli added to it. 

As you’d expect from something with different uses there are as many, many different recipes for raita and the one below is the one I tend to make, which happens to be a spicy one.

What is Mint Raita Sauce Made Of?

It is typically made of yoghurt with the addition of herbs, spices and raw or cooked vegetables.  There’s no single recipe for raita, Recipes tend to vary region by region and family by family, as well as season to season.

Do you Put Mint Raita on Curry?

Yes, most definitely.  Depending on the type of raita you have you it will either cool the spiciness  or add to it. This mint raita recipe adds more spiciness to your starters or curries.

How Many Calories are in this Mint Raita Recipe?

The calories count in this Recipe can be as few as 50kcal per serving if you use fat free yogurt.

Mint Raita Recipe

Spicy Mint Raita Recipe

David
This mint raita recipe can be made to be as spicy as you want. If you want it to be soothing then just omit any chilli powder
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 80 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tsp Fresh mint finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli powder or to taste
  • 500 g Plain Natural Yogurt Can be fat free or low fat if you prefer
  • 20 ml Lime juice
  • salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Chip the mint finely
  • Place the yogurt in a mixing bowl
  • Add all the other ingredients
  • Mix well
Keyword Mint, Chilli, Yoghurt, Spicy

Take a Look at some of my other Curry Recipes…

This tasty Chicken Pasanda Recipe is super easy and quick to make and is sure to be a family favourite.

I’m told that my Chicken Vindaloo Recipe is the most authentic vindaloo recipe online…

Chicken Pasanda Recipe

This Easy Chicken Pasanda Recipe is Tops – Super Quick and Tasty!

What is a Chicken Passanda?

This Chicken Pasanda Recipe is typcially a milder, more creamy and richer curry.  It is thought that it was traditionally made with a leg of goat or lamb.  Traditionally the meat from the leg would be cut, trimmed and flattened into strips and then cooked with the rich, tasty, Pasanda sauce.

In the present day, a pasanda curry can also be made using chicken (as per this recipe) or with king prawns or vegetables.  In any case, the process and ingredients remain generally the same and are easy to follow, resulting in an amazing flavoursome curry.

Although this recipe is milder than I would normally make, you can add more chilli powder or fresh chillis to suit your taste, but don’t over do it as you may miss out on some of the more delicate flavours that are present within this recipe if you make it too hot… Continue reading

Butter Chicken Served with Rice

Authentic Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhani) Recipe – So Rich and Creamy

Butter Chicken or Murgh Makhani to give it it’s correct name, is a typical Punjabi dish which is now popular in many countries all over the world.

It is a rich creamy dish and can be made as mild or as spicy as you like and has to be one of my all-time favourite curries to make and eat.

What is Butter Chicken?

Butter Chicken, although similar, shouldn’t be confused with Chicken Tikka Masala.  Chicken Tikka Masala originated in the UK where as Butter Chicken is a true Punjabi dish taking it’s influence from hundreds of years of Punjabi tradition and history. Continue reading

Chicken Vindaloo

Fiery Chicken Vindaloo Recipe – Can You Eat It?

Madras not hot enough for you? Then why not try this fiery Chicken Vindaloo Recipe?

Chicken Vindaloo Recipe

This recipe happens to be my favourite “from scratch” Chicken Vindaloo Recipe!  It’s one  that I stumbled upon in an old recipe book that was loaned to my wife by a friend some time ago.

In fact I cannot remember whose (if anyone in particular) this recipe started life as, but over time, I’ve fiddled and changed a few ingredients and quantities and come up with what I think is the hottest and best Chicken Vindaloo Recipe.

Chicken Vindaloo Recipe

Fiery Vindaloo

Chicken Vindaloo Origins

The Vindaloo itself, originated in the Indian region of Goa and it is derived from a Portuguese dish known as “Vinha De Alhos” which translates as “wine and garlic”.  The Portuguese dish was effectively a wine and garlic based stew which was typically made with Pork and served around Christmas time.  However, after the dish was introduced to India, it changed rapidly to what we now know as the Vindaloo with the introduction of chillies and different Goan spices.   Continue reading

Chicken Tikka Masala – Is it worthy?

Chicken Tikka Masala is the UK’s favourite curry, but is it worthy of such an accolade?

Each weekend, literally thousands of people up and down the country would say it is, which is why they cook it at home, or order it from their local restaurant or takeaway, but does this pretender deserve so much kudos?

Some would say that it isn’t a real curry especially when you bear in mind it’s somewhat disputed originsand admittedly, I have been somewhat snobbish about the humble Chicken Tikka Masala in the past, but it seems to me that there are more and more “versions” of this popular curry being introduced with slight twists or interesting differences.

Chicken Tikka Masala - It's the UK's favourite curry, but is it worth it?

Chicken Tikka Masala - Should this be our favourite?

That being the case, I think we are probably now at the time where we curry-snobs should start to take the humble CTM (as I’ve noticed some restaurants like to call it) a bit more seriously and of late I’ve been experimenting with various different flavours and styles of Chicken Tikka Masala in my hunt for the best Chicken Tikka Masala recipe, in much the same way as I did with the Currytastic  Chicken Madras recipe.

So, over the coming weeks I will be trying different Chicken Tikka Masala recipes, as well as some different restaurant and take away versions and will report back with my findings – I hope you all appreciate the lengths I go to for you, my readers and the love of my art 🙂

In the mean time, if you have any Chicken Tikka Masala recipes you’d like to tell us about or even if you’d like to try your hand at writing a mini-review for a local restaurant or take away, then get in touch using the comments link at the bottom of this post.

Mmmm Chicken Madras

Is this the BEST Chicken Madras Recipe Ever?

This is my favourite Chicken Madras recipe – And believe me, I should know as I’ve pretty much tried all of them…But time and time again, this recipe is the one I keep going back to.

Loosely based on a Gordan Ramsey recipe, over the many years I’ve been making it, it’s has been “tweaked” and “tuned” into what is most probably the most liked Chicken Madras Recipe online – Check out the comments section below…

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Pizza Hut Spicy Beef Pizza

What's left when the spice has gone?

Pizza Hut spicy beef pizza topping.  Hmmm, nom nom nom.

I do like Pizza Hut pizzas, but is it me or has anyone else noticed that spicy beef isn’t actually in any way spicy other than they may have added some salt and pepper? That being the case, should it not be called Seasoned Beef instead?
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Curry Vs Burger King?

Sitting here trying to digest the XL Bacon Double Cheese Burger I had for lunch from the local Burger King in Halifax I have to tell you that curry wins hands down.

Ohhh my poorly stomach - a curry would have been better

I don’t honestly remember a time when I’ve eaten anything as poor quality and as tasteless as today’s XL Bacon Double Cheese Burger and paid more than £4 for the apparent pleasure. Continue reading