We all need to know what Passion is. Passion is something that drives us, pushes us to exceed our boundaries and makes us become better than what we are. And this passion could be our love for anything. And one of the great passions in my life is my love for food.
I obsess, I dream, I indulge in this passion daily and I guess that’s why I blog about it too even though I am not a good writer. Infact on introspection I realize I am not even a fabulous cook that can make dishes that can knock everyone’s socks off. But I guess I am a passionate one and when I cook I put those emotions of love in everything I cook.
I think it is this passion that keeps me pushing my boundaries. Especially on days when I have no desire or inclination to cook and on those days when I am alone and just cannot be bothered to go to the kitchen. Some days I am thankful that this blog happened because even if may not have the desire or the energy to cook for myself, I have to cook and take pictures to keep the blog going. And on those days I cook for the blog and for the handful of readers who do take the time and effort to come here and look for something interesting or new that I may have made.
The Tandoori chicken is extremely easy to make and I do it in a pan and the caramelized Onions give it a lovely sweet taste while the mint chutney instead of the traditional Hummus that one associates Pita Bread with makes the whole combination almost delectable. It is lip smacking goodness in a small Pita bread sized pockets. It is certainly not my most creative inventions but it is one of my most delicious ones.
Recipe (makes stuffing for 2 Pita breads)
2 Pita Breads.
For the Chicken (Cooking time 20 minutes, marinating 20 minutes or overnight)
1 large Chicken Breast
1 tbsp Curd
1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
Salt to taste
1 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp fresh Ginger paste
1 tsp fresh Garlic paste
Juice of half a lemon
1 large Onion finely sliced.
1 – 2 tsp Vegetable oil
Wash and dry the Chicken and cut it into long strips of equal size so they cook evenly.
Mix all the ingredients except the Oil and the Onion and marinade the chicken for atleast 20 minutes. If possible you can marinade it overnight too.
When ready to cook heat oil in a pan and add the Chicken pieces and just cook them for 20 minutes on both sides or until done. I like it when t he Chicken looks a little burnt, gives the dish an extra edge. Also since the Chicken is cut into strips it will cook and burn faster so keep an eye.
Just when the Chicken is almost done in the same pan add the Onions and cook till almost caramelized.
Assembling the pita bread
Warm the pita bread in an oven or a griddle.
Add the Onions and Chicken pieces equally in both the breads and then a generous helping of the chunky chutney. Eat warm as it is and enjoy.