More Indian Food!

I talked last week about my aversion to Indian food, and I am kicking myself for putting it on the back burner for so long!

But first I had another breakfast pizza – this time with the whole wheat avocado bread as my base!   My pizza – 3 ounces of dough, 1/4 cup of pizza sauce, baby spinach, 1 ounce of mozzarella cheese and 1 whole egg.

this whole pizza is 405 calories and so filling!

and the crust was nice and crispy 😀

I’d have to say 90% of my co-workers eat frozen dinners.  Every.Single.Day.  While I know I probably have an unusual obsession to cooking and food in general – they always ask me “what’s on your menu today?”   My inspiration actually came from my bosses frozen dinner last week.  The brand name is called Ethnic Gourmet and when I heated it up for her, while it kind of looked like ass because let’s face it, its a frozen dinner, the smell was interesting!

Later that night I googled Tikka Masala and found a recipe of BlogChef.  I did tweak it just a bit because I didn’t think it was spicy enough 😀

Biz’s Tikka Masala (adapted from BlogChef) (makes 6 servings, 3 oz. chicken per person)

  • 1.8 pounds chicken breast

Marinade for Chicken:

  • 1 6 oz. container of plain Chobani Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons of salt

Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped (I removed the membrane)
  • 2 teaspons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sriracha sauce
  • 6 dried chiles
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Mix the marinade together and let sit for an hour.   Heat grill pan (or skewer and grill outdoors) and grill chicken until 3/4 done.   Meanwhile, melt butter and saute garlic and jalapeno.  Add seasonings and stir for 2 minutes until fragrant.  Add in tomato sauce and heavy cream.   Add chicken into sauce and cook an additional 10 minutes.  Serve of rice.  I actually found instant brown rice and it wasn’t bad!

chicken ready to be cooked after an hour

Okay, no pictures of my grilled chicken because they kind of stuck and the couple pictures I did take turned out like ass. 😦

base of sauce

be careful not to put your face over the pan when you add the seasoning

I have a co-worker who is Indian that I was making this dish and told her I was going to substitute the heavy cream for fat free half and half – she was horrified! Glad I kept the heavy cream!

I added the thai chiles right before adding the cooked chicken

everyone in the pool! 😀

I served mine over 1/2 cup instant brown rice and added fresh cilantro.  I cannot even describe to you how good this is!  The flavors are intense and subtle at the same time – at first bite I was like “this isn’t spicy at all!”  But its a delayed reaction.  The slight sweetness of the cinnamon and the creaminess of the heavy cream – it’s the perfect flavorful heat!

Since I knew no one in my house would touch this with a ten foot pole – I shared with my boss and a couple co-workers.  My boss said “this is so delicious – so much better than my frozen dinner!”  (thankfully!).  Another co-worker said “this is the best thing I’ve eaten in years.”   This one is a keeper! 😀  Each serving (without the rice) comes in at: 326 calories, 4.5 fat, 3.6 carbs, 1.0 fiber and 43 grams of protein.

Dinner was influenced by Tyler Florence.  I bought his cookbook “The Ultimate” at a thrift store recently.  One recipe that jumped out to me immediately was Scallop Saltimbocca.  I am running out of time (I haven’t even jumped in the shower yet!) so go here for the recipe.

Surprisingly, I got away with frying the sage, sauteeing the apples and cooking the scallops all on just 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of oil!

Sage is an ingredient I am not too familiar with.  It’s kind of fuzzy like a caterpillar!  But when fried, it is delicious!

Watch it carefully though, it can go green to dark brown (burnt!) if you don’t pay attention.  I have no idea how I know that – um, okay, maybe this was my second batch because I burned the first one!

Once the sage was removed, I added 1 peeled and sliced Golden delicious apple – while those were cooking, I had potatoes cooking for mashed potatoes and then started wrapping my scallops in prosciutto.

I also looked around and saw I had no green vegetable!  My julienne peeler came to the rescue – I peeled one whole zucchini – it cooks up in less than 5 minutes!

love the sear!

The only thing I would do differently is to thaw the scallops ahead of time.  I thawned them under running water and even though I tried to get all the water out – you need a dry scallop to get a good sear – after the first flip some water started coming out of the scallops so the other side didn’t look as pretty.  But boy, this was really good!

It took me 40 minutes from beginning to end – not too bad!

Stats for Monday:  Level 3 Jillian Shred DVD and 20 minute walk with the dog after dinner.

A quick thank you to Andrea for giving me this award!  She is new to the food blogging world, but she has some great ideas – thanks Andrea!

I am running late, so I’ll have to pass it on in another post! 😀

Joanne is this weeks BSI host – she’s picked . . . CARROTS! Thanks for hosting last week Sophia! 😀

Have a good one – Biggest Loser and American Idol tonight!  I really hope AI picks up this week too!

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74 thoughts on “More Indian Food!

  1. fitandfortysomething

    Your breakfast pizza is so creative!
    The indian food looks delicious-i really need to try to make it sometime-i am scared!
    have a great day……

  2. you are forcing me to make breakfast pizza –

  3. I love the name so much – Tikka Masala, that I would have to order it in a restaurant just so I could say it out loud! Yours looks wonderful! It’s so fun to see you trying different cuisines – you are really opening up my boring food world!

  4. You have been busy! These all look super-yum. We recently tried our first egg pizza and it was fantastic!

  5. I didn’t realize that you could make Indian food at home with ingredients on hand. Whenever I see Indian recipes, they always call for things I don’t have!

  6. wow your pizza is amazing great idea for the bread and great job on the curry love your cooking, thanks for visiting my blog Rebecca

  7. that breakfast pizza looks GREAT!

  8. I love Tikka Masala, yum. I’m glad you didn’t substitute the cream – sometimes there really is not substitute! Love the breakfast pizza idea – I’m stealing that for sure.

  9. I’ve never made Indian food before….for some reason, it’s intimidating to me! And sometimes the recipes call for weird things I don’t have. Your Tikka Masala looks SOOOO good, though!

  10. yum. I LOVE eggs on pizza! Such a fun ingredient to use.

  11. Is the recipe for the breakfast pizza on your blog? I haven’t had time to go through it. Also can you freeze the dough? I was thinking about making a big batch and freezing it into single servings.

    All the recipes look wonderful!! Have a great day.

    • If you go to my Index of Recipe Page at the top – you’ll find my recipe for no rise pizza dough – that will work.

      Freezing dough works great! I recommend putting it from the freezer to the fridge the day before you use it, and let then remove and come to room temperature (about 30 minutes) so its easier to roll out.

      Let me know how it turns out! 😀

  12. mmmmmm that TM looks good!

  13. I have to try egg on pizza! There’s a restaurant here that has one & I’ve been wanting to try it. Everything looks so gourmet!!! That chicken dish looks wonderful and full of spices mmm much better than a frozen meal. A lot of people in my office eat frozen meals every single day too. I haven’t had scallops in ages, jealous!!

  14. It’s always so great to see how WELL you eat and still maintain weight loss. You’re proving that it’s possible! Oh, and Indian food rocks. 🙂

    • Kristine, I should have wrttein – it was our 4th date. He’d mentioned during date #3 that he was an epileptic who’d recently stopped taking his medicine. He didn’t actually dump my butt until a month later, right around when his arms started healing. D’oh.In retrospect, there were many, many, many, many, many red flags. (Oh, so many.) If I could go back in time and smack myself upside the head with a hammer, I would.Suzene – I’m not sure it would freeze that well, but maybe try doing it to a small portion and see what happens?

  15. Love the sounds of that Indian dish! One of the reasons why I like curry so much is it has the same sort of heat sensation – not too spicy at first but give it a few seconds!

    PS. I’m sorry I missed the big day but HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY to Hannah!!

  16. The Indian food looks yummy, but good lord, 1 cup of cream??? That’s a diet buster! I usually add yogurt to my Indian sauces. At first it looks yucky when you add the yogurt because it breaks down, but keep stirring and cook it some more and it will smooth out.

    • I thought my blind date with a guy who told me that he wtnaed to marry me, live with his cousin and have 12 kids continuously for 4 1/2 hours (couldn’t seem to say anything else) was the worst date ever, but I must say, I have been topped. Wow. Thanks for the great recipe too, it is awesome!

    • momster–thank you! I’ll try to keep things iienrtstneg for you. :)3lilangels–what was brilliant was your Hello Kitty bento post–AMAZING!!!beth–I’d share but they disappeared!:)jenny–that’s why I double the recipe.;)emily–thank you, I hope you get a chance to try them out!amanda–thank you!!lisa–Thank you for the award, it made my day!!

    • Super jazzed about getting that know-how.

  17. Wow Biz that dish looks delicious! How sad of your coworker to say “the best food she’s had in years.” I don’t know what I’d do if I had to wait years b/w having truly delicious food! I think on a weekly basis I love one thing more than the next!

    I once worked w/ a lady who was on some kind of low-carb diet and EVERY SINGLE DAY for a good 18 months she had 2 hot dogs she would put on a paper plate and microwave and then dip in a squirt of mustard. It absolutely sickened me to smell them and she’d cut them in these tiny pieces so it’d last longer. I can’t even imagine what her sodium levels were at or how freaking bored her tastebuds must have been!!!

    We had fried sage leaves the first time at Christmas! I had never really worked w/ sage before, either – ground sage, not fresh. I thought it was cool – like a furry, herby potato chip! hehe

    The scallops look beautiful! Probably my favorite seafood!

  18. I love scallops!! That dish looks so good. I also love the indian dish. I totally agree with your indian friend… some things you just can’t substitute! Heavy whipping cream makes a world of difference!! 🙂

  19. That pizza is incredible… And it always amazes me how amazed people are that someone cooks in this day and age… Let em all be jealous!

    The scallops look perfect!

  20. I love Indian food, and this one looks amazing! As do the scallops! And the pizza…dang, girl. You always make me hungry.

    • linda: yay, glad you enjoyed Macho. I know I was dspaerete for Mexican food in Taipei for the LONGEST time. kirbie: there are some good finds at Taipei Costco- snacks, frozen baos, seaweed- but I was amazed at what the LA Costco has now. I think you can look for green tea kit kat at 7-11 or Carrefour or Ai-Mart or Welcome though haven’t seen them in awhile. it might have been a limited edition thing.observingexpressions: i know, cheese is pricey in Taiwan, though you can get some good stuff at Costco!

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  21. I love breakfast pizza. I think I could have pizza for every meal…lol! My co-workers also gawk at my food. Most know about my blog, so I refer them to that for the details.

  22. You are so creative in the kitchen! I was impressed with the breakfast pizza (looks delish) but that tikka masala is out of this world! Way better than a frozen dinner. 🙂

  23. i have a hideous aversion to indian food- the curry makes me sick to my tummy.. but yours looks SO good biz!!! awesome job- and frozen dinners.. beat that!! haha

  24. That is the lost amazing looking pizza ever! People in my office tend to subsist on frozen meals too which seems just insane to me, and boring!

  25. Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now

    I want that pizza AND those scallops!

    Hmm, I’ll have to see if I can come up with anything for carrots…

    • LMAO! I’m sorry, I can feel your pain, but that is hilarious. It remeidnd me of one King of Queen episode, when Arthur has to have some kind of surgery and Doug is left alone with a “new” friend that adds him as his emergency contact..too funny. Anyway, I’ll be trying the recipe.

  26. Biz your recipes today looks absolutely drop dead gorgeous- straight out of a cookbook! I love love love the gourmet feel to them. I think the scallop dish would be right up my alley!

  27. I don’t cook with sage all that often either, but I love the flavor! The indian food looks wonderful — and spicy! Those chillies! Ow ow!

    Congrats on the award : )

  28. I’d definitely help you out on that Indian chicken dish. I love me some good Indian food. Your family doesn’t know what they’re missing!

  29. That Indian looks so good! I love a good Tikka, I need to make some soon.

    • Ok so this is a stupid qusiteon…but what is gram marsala? And where is it normally in the grocery store? Living in Spain I am just not sure if I can find it here but this recipe looks amazing…do you think I could sub it for something else? What do you think?

  30. I love Indian food! That pizza looks interesting though.

  31. Breakfast pizza looks amazing! 😀

  32. I’m so glad you decided to give Indian food another try! I have plenty of recipes on my blog for you to try out!

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  39. Your tikka masala looks terrific, and I love your breakfast pizza. My dad is a diabetic (was diagnosed many years ago), and I have to say being one has probably saved his life. He takes MUCH better care of himself now than he ever used to, eats right and gets lots of exercise. Looks like you are doing all the right things too, keep up the good work, and the great food! Cheers – S

  40. oooh this looks SO good – thanks, Biz!!

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  44. I LOVE LOVE LOVE (read: obsessively love) tikka masala. Thanks for giving me the link to this. I could literally drink the sauce at a favorite Indian restaurant that we visit sometimes. Gonna make this SOON!

    And everything else looks so good. You’re quite the chef. 😀

  45. thanks for sharing this recipe with me Biz! I’ll need to try it soon!

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  48. Loooove your chicken tikka recipe! I’m glad yours looks right — a lot of restaurants use red food coloring to make it bright red. Then people get weirded out when it’s not that vibrant color.

    If you like chicken tikka, you should try out chicken korma. It’s my favorite!

    And thank you so much for commenting on my blog. It led me to yours!

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  54. I love Indian food. My favorite Indian restaurant serves a korma sauce that I want to drink off the plate, but I don’t because people would stare. It’s so good and I have yet to be able to recreate it. Your Tikka Masala looks amazing. I can’t believe your dinner only took 40 minutes. It looks so fancy. I’ve had no inspiration in my kitchen lately. I need to change that. Your co-workers are so lucky. If your office needs a nurse I’m available!

  55. I love some Indian food every now and then. Chicken masala is one of my favorites but I have to have a good recipe, not every recipe I used turned out to be good.

    Funny that Tony doesn’t like half the food you make. I have a guy like this at home too but that doesn’t stop me trying new things or make food I like 🙂 (like you do)

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