Chicken Tikka
There are a few recipes I got courtesy my mom. One of them is this chicken tikka. Actually its part of the butter chicken (the indian version of chicken tikka masala recipe) that she handed out but now I make it stand alone too when I want a quick dinner for weeknights. Serve it with some pita/paranthas or naan, choose to make this salad or use it as a filling in chicken tikka pasties.

I love chicken tikka. I love tandoori chicken too, but when I don’t want to deal with bones, chicken tikka is the way I go. This makes a great appetizer to make for get togethers, plus leftovers are always used to make rolls the next day.

For the rolls, I half cook paranthas and break an egg on it, slather some mint chutney, ranch (or you could use mayo), some ketchup, sauteed onions and bell peppers and add the chicken tikkas. Yum! The only problem of writing a food blog is when you start writing about a particular recipe, you feel like eating that dish. I feel like eating chicken tikka wraps now. But today is Tuesday and V does not eat meat. Well…Marriage!

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We made it to Friday. Unfortunately some of us didn’t. Last night’s shooting in Dallas kept me up most night. We were out for dinner with V’s colleagues when messages from friends and family checking on us started coming in. That’s when we learnt about what was happening just over a mile away from where we were. Thankfully we were out of harm’s way and once home saw on the news the sad turn of events of last night. It was so surreal.

My heart goes out to the families of the cops who died last night. And it also goes out to the meaningless loss of lives the past few days at the hands of officers. Let’s not define the people who killed those cops by their race. Let’s not make the recent shooting undo the efforts of all the 1000s of people who came to protest for a very pressing cause #blacklivesmatter. And lets accept that there is a lack of accountability when it comes to mistreatment of people of certain races. While we live in a bubble and only acknowledge things that hit closer to home we turn a blind eye to so many acts of terrorism that keep happening elsewhere in the world, and also the killings of innocent black people in cop shootouts. When a white person goes shooting the judgement is made that the individual is crazy or deranged, or had some psychological issues. His character is judged. When a black person does such a thing, the whole race is maligned- the same goes for the muslim community. Why? Lets not judge the whole race/religion based on the actions of a single individual. I don’t do the “prayfor” hashtags because then I will be posting every other day. So while we pray for Dallas lets pray for the innocent blacks that keep losing their lives, that get heavier sentences because they are people of color, let’s also pray for Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Baghdad, Pakistan and everywhere else that innocent lives are lost due to misguided, lost, deranged people. Let’s pray for humanity and love and that it will triumph over hatred peacefully.

In tragedy, its always endearing to see people coming together, spreading hope. These Dallas chefs are doing what they know best- feeding people and some Dallas restaurants are serving free meals to police officers. One of my friends, Leah from Flicks and Food Dallas has compiled a list of restaurants that are offering FREE meals this weekend and some the whole of July. You can check the post here.

I had the following post typed up last night before the shootings happened. I couldn’t post it without first addressing what happened last night. And as cliche as it may sound, life has to go on and so I am continuing with the post initially planned.

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Paneer Makhani | Garam Masala Tuesday

Being a Sikh, I love my butter chicken and dal makhani. No party is complete without these two and more often than not there is somebody at a table who will definitely order these two dishes for everyone to share. If somebody is vegetarian then instead of butter chicken (or with an order of butter chicken), paneer makhani is ordered.

Paneer makhani is basically the vegetarian version of butter chicken. Its the same gravy but the chicken is replaced with paneer- Indian cottage cheese. While I love butter chicken and have a great recipe for it here, I would never turn down a plate of paneer makhani. Pair it with some garlic naan and I am a happy sardarni.

While I am typing this post I realize I call butter chicken with its english name and paneer makhani in Hindi. I don’t know why but that’s just how it is.

Paneer Makhani | Garam Masala Tuesday

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