Around the World in 8 Dinners: India

Around the World in 8 Dinners: IndiaIf you feel like your dinner repertoire is a bit boring, you might try exploring recipes from another cuisine to spice things up. Pun intended. A large percentage of my cooking comes from a variety of cultures around the world.

This is the first recipe post in a series of eight, introducing you to some great recipes from different cuisines to get you started on diversifying your dinner menu!

First up is India. Because I just made Tikka Masala again the other night so it’s on my brain. And because it’s yummy.

Around the World in 8 Dinners: India

Photograph: Chicken Tikka Masala from Bon Appetit

A few tweaks I make to this recipe:

  1. I don’t always marinate the chicken for 4-6 hours. Sometimes just an hour.
  2. I substitute 6 cardamom pods with 1/4 teaspoon of ground cardamom (or leave it out)
  3. I’ve used plain Greek yogurt before, even though it says “not Greek”
  4. I reduce crushed red pepper flakes to 1/4 teaspoon because otherwise it is quite spicy, and I have toddlers

 

Due to British colonialism, there are still a great many Indian restaurants in the U.K and a great many British influences in India. So for that reason I included a second stop around the world in this post.

Around the World in 8 Dinners: India

 

These Earl Grey Shortbread Squares from Honestly Yum are very British in spirit and so delicately flavored with tea and orange zest that you simply can’t stop nibbling.

Around the World in 8 Dinners: India

Photograph: Earl Grey Shortbread Squares from Honestly Yum

These shortbread cookies contain a short, sweet list of ingredients, and can be cut into any shape. I have made them for baby and wedding showers, as well as afternoon tea. Dang it, now I’m thinking about Downton Abbey. Mary is my #WCW everyday.

Around the World in 8 Dinners: India

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