Comfort Food

Comfort food always comes to mind when the weather is cold and gloomy like these couple of days. Although comfort food commonly refers to North American and European cuisine, there are other cuisines that are winning at the comfort food game. Our highlight this week is Indian cuisine.

Indian food is one of the world’s cuisines that uses plenty of herbs and spices, it brings not just warmth but also health benefits. Turmeric, cardamom, ginger and chili are the basic ingredients used to build amazing flavors. 

One of the most common sauces from the Indian kitchen would be Tikka Masala. A creamy red/yellow curry with yoghurt added to the mix. A fun fact about the origin of this sauce, it may have originated from an Indian restaurant in Glasgow, Scotland where a gentleman ordered a curry that was too dry so the cook added tomato and yoghurt. The dish was an instant hit. It may also have originated from the  Punjab in India, who are we to argue. 

We are sharing our version of Tikka Masala paste from our restaurant Karum. This recipe is very versatile and best used as a base for chicken curry but can also be used to marinate your chicken before cooking on the grill or in the oven. 

Tikka Masala Paste
Coriander powder   4 gr
Fennel seed                 4 gr
Paprika powder 4 gr
Cayenne pepper         4 gr
Turmeric powder 4 gr
Cumin powder 4 gr
Ginger powder 4 gr
Garlic powder 8 gr
Dry mustard 4 gr
Lime juice        20 ml
Yoghurt 15 ml

1. Mix all ingredients in a clean bowl, reserve until ready to use
2. Recipe is for 2 pieces of boneless chicken breast
3. Grilling or Roasting: Marinade chicken for at least 2 hours before grilling or roasting
4. Chicken Tikka Masala Curry: 
  • Dice chicken breast, marinate in paste for at least 2 hours
  • Sauté marinated chicken in a preheated pot until golden brown and set aside
  • Sauté paste in same pot, add one clove of chopped garlic and 50 ml of tomato purée
  • Transfer chicken back to the pot and cover with water or chicken stock
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste, let cook for 20-25 minutes

We hope this recipe will be a great addition to your comfort food list.

Enjoy classic Indian dishes and sharing platter at Karum 11.00 – 23.00. 


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