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Thursday, February 03, 2011

coconut madras chicken with saffron rice is my kind of good time


You will immediately notice the vibrant red color of this dish, do not adjust your screens I added a little bit of tandoori spices along with the red chiles to really kick this up and let me tell you it is even more intense in reality.

From the very first time I tasted food at an Indian restaurant I was smitten. The beautiful aromas the fantastic textures and spice blends, all of it created a world that I was going to be fond of forever.

My first attempt to make any kind of curry or masala I must have been 22 years old and since all we do on these blogs is brag about ourselves I will tell you that the goat vindaloo I made was as good as anything I had ever tasted. Many years have transpired since that time and my cooking skills have improved greatly and I can confidently tell you now that while my first vindaloo was good the dishes I make now are top notch.

I am certain that if you did a side by side comparison my dishes would taste as authentic as authentic can get even though they may look a little bit different since I plate them up rather than serve them family style. I served my coconut madras chicken and potatoes with some saffron rice and my own version of raita, which is a yogurt condiment. If you want you can have a little sag on the side (spinach)

Now my naan bread on the other hand has never really improved, I need to work on its execution a bit, these flat breads I made were good and they suited the task but naan it was not.

19 comments:

vanillasugar said...

i was smitten with saffron too and sadly do very little with it.
and your naan looks fine to me.
if you have leftover naan. try this: fry up a bit to warm and crisp it, then top with pb and jelly. so freaking good.

Barbara said...

Only in Indian cooking do you find that color! Talk about intense. And a fabulous presentation. What was wrong with your naan? Looks fine to me.

I don't cook a lot of Indian food, but I recently watched someone make chicken tikka masala for dinner and thought I'd start with that. I'm truly an amateur. You're the pro...

Belinda said...

What a stunning dish! It almost looks like a painting!

All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

What a beautiful vibrant color! I love Indian food.

whatscookingwithdoc said...

Looks awesome. I,too love Indian food as it is so rich in varied spice profiles. I can smell those spices now...mmmmm

5 Star Foodie said...

Wow, what an intense red color, love it! This must taste fantastic!

nutmegnanny said...

You're killing me! This looks amazing!!!

Vickie said...

My hubby would rather have Indian food than almost ANYTHING (seriously) and I still haven't tried cooking much of it. I don't know why I'm afraid of it - but need to get past my feeble excuses and give it a go with all those marvelous flavors and colors. P.S. Your photos are stunning as always.

Angie's Recipes said...

Love saffron rice...and your coconut madras chicken could compete with those served 5-star restaurants!

teresa said...

i love that you posted this so close to v-day. that red totally suits the holiday!

Marjie said...

Well, hell, Dog! If your naan bread was perfect and everything else is so perfect, we'd all have to go hide under our tables and cry at our own imperfections! I did make saffron rice once, but I just don't care for the flavor of saffron. I do, however, like coconut and chicken, and your bright red is amazing!

Lori Lynn said...

Hi Christo - Your cooking is anything but boring. And I'm glad you're not shy about your talents.
LL

Chris said...

Awesome looking dish! I'm so glad I had my dinner before checking out this post or I'll be cleaning up the puddle of drool on top of the computer. :-D

Creative Mish said...

Wow that is red! and it looks really good too. I've only had a few Indian dishes... Everything I've tried is delish

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Vibrant it is. I'm swooning.
Sam

Jill said...

We bloggers are a narcissistic lot, aren't we?!
Looks fabulous. Love Indian. Not a single good restaurant here...Houston had many. I have one friend from India and she refuses to cook for me.

chezsasha said...

Your naan looks lovely! It's my favorite.

briarrose said...

Wow that looks amazing. Beautiful color sauce.

Abbey said...

What beautiful pictures! And I love Indian food too, but I don't cook it enough...you've now inspired me to do so!

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