Thursday, September 25, 2008

MKMW- Indian Week

I was honored when Susie Homemaker of My Kitchen My World asked me to choose the country for this week's journey. China, of course, was my first choice, but it was a very sneaky one. My (Chinese) Mother in Law is visiting this week, and it would have been super easy to snap a picture any evening this week and have a fabulous record of authentic Chinese food!
Since China has already been done, I consulted with Lo Gung (the Reigning Stomach) and we came up with India. We haven't had good Indian food in a while, so it seemed worth a shot!
(We still haven't had good Indian food...but at least there was lamb involved. Even BBJ liked this, so it's earned the Toddler Food label.) I still have most of a jar of Tikka Masala, and another pound of ground lamb in the freezer, so I think this dish will be making a comeback. Next time, I will leave out the coconut milk and use cream, instead, if I still want it creamy.)
If you'd like to see more Indian Offerings, head over to My Kitchen My World and check out the blogroll!

This makes a fairly hot Tikka Masala dish. If spicy isn't your thing, cut the Tikka Masala paste way, way back. Start with about 1/2 a teaspoon and work up from there.

Tikka Masala -

1 lb ground lamb

1 onion, diced

2 tsp. minced garlic

2 tsp. Tikka Masala paste (Maggi Brand works well)

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

4 T. tomato paste

3/4 cup water

3/4 cup coconut milk

3 tsp. white sugar

handful of fresh basil, chopped

Brown lamb in a skillet, breaking it up with a spoon. When lamb is cooked all the way through, remove to a bowl. Discard the oil in the skillet, leaving 1 T.

Saute the onions in the reserved drippings until translucent and soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute another 1 minute.

Add the Tikka Masala paste and kosher salt and stir to combine. Add the tomato paste, water, coconut milk and sugar. Simmer to combine. Adjust seasonings if necessary. Add the basil.

Serve with rice.


  1. I am glad that you chose INDIA as our culinary journey. My husband and I really enjoy having an Indian dinner. So this was perfect.

    Tikka masala always welcome in my family and we like it spicy!

  2. Thank you for chosing India this week! It was a lot of fun to create an Indian dinner :) I've never had tikka masala, I will have to try to find a vegetarian version, it sounds yummy!

  3. thank you for choosing India for this week! I haven't been able to participate much with MKMW lately, but I had to jump in and do this week once I saw your choice. :) your dish sounds really good.

  4. Oh, I almost chose Chicken Tikka! Your Tikka Masala looks so delicious I could just eat it right off the screen.

  5. Yummy Tikka Masala, I will have to try something like that. Great pick this week!
    ps, I call my daughter piglet as well. (for her whole life, and she is 19 now!)

  6. Your chicken tikki masala for My Kitchen My World's India week turned out so much better and more appetizing than my tandoori chicken. I can't wait to try it.