Friends, I have shared a few Indian recipes on my blog, but the one I'm sharing in today's post is truly the BEST one I've ever made! Okay, I know I say that every one of my Indian recipes is the best, but this one really IS the best! It is so good that Spouse even shared it with an out-of-state friend who subsequently made it and loved it! He even sent Spouse a picture, so you KNOW it's a great recipe! If you want to try Indian food, this is the recipe.
You might be intimidated by the number of spices, but there is really nothing unusual in this assortment. I've been doing a lot of Indian/Moroccan cooking and have amassed quite a few spices, so I was pleased that I actually had everything on hand for this one! If you don't like spicy food, I'd suggest cutting the cayenne pepper by half.
1/2 cup almond slices or slivers
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons minced or grated ginger
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
1 dried bay leaf
2 teaspoons light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more if needed
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro (if needed)
- Grind 1/2 of the almonds in a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle, reserving the other half until Step 4.
- In a small bowl, combine the ground almonds, cumin, coriander, cardamom, cayenne pepper, paprika, cinnamon, and cloves.
- Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet (14" is ideal) or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté until translucent and golden, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for another minute. Add the chicken and sauté, stirring occasionally, until it's mostly white, about 2 minutes. Add the almond-spice mix and stir to coat the chicken and onions.
- Add the yogurt, bay leaf, and brown sugar and allow the chicken to simmer for another 3 to 4 minutes, until the chicken is fully cooked and the sauce has thickened. Add the salt and pepper and adjust with more salt if needed. Transfer to a serving dish, garnish with the remaining almond slices and chopped cilantro, and serve.
You'll just have to trust me when I tell you how delicious this is. My pictures don't do it justice!
Look at these beautiful spices! When a recipe starts out with this much color, you KNOW it's going to be good!
This is the chicken simmering away in a big pan. Oh, the aroma! Be still, my heart! Special thanks to Bailey for the awesome heat-proof spatulas. It's great to be able to cook without melting your spatula! :)
Oh, look! Here's my little helper, waiting for something to accidentally drop on the floor!
And here it is after the yogurt has been added. This creates a very rich sauce, typical of the Indian food I've tried.
My food photography leaves a lot to be desired but rest assured, this dish is fantastic! In an Indian restaurant, you would probably enjoy it with basmati rice, but I had couscous on hand and that worked just as well. If you're looking to branch out with your cooking, give this recipe a try! I can't wait to make it again!