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Thu Mar 30, 2017

Chicken Tikka

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Chicken Tikka

When transitioning from a picky eater to my less-than current state, there were a number of "gateway" foods that led me into enjoying cuisines I normally would have shunned. For Indian food, that item was chicken tikka. It's easy to understand why—these boneless chicken chunks marinated in a fairly mildly spiced-yogurt sauce and then cooked in a tandoor were on the spectrum of the usual type of chicken I enjoyed, just with a slightly different flavor profile. It was my go-to at any Indian meal for a long time, but I can't even remember anymore the last time I ordered chicken tikka, or any tandoori chicken for that matter, as I've found more pleasure in dishes like spicy vindaloo or creamy saag paneer. Still, there will always be a fond place in my heart of chicken tikka, and developing a recipe for it recently brought back some comforting memories.

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Thu Mar 23, 2017

Naan

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Naan

A few weeks back you could find me waxing poetics on tender and flaky paratha. Yes, I do love that bread, but when it comes down to it, I don't think I've ever had an Indian meal where I wasn't compelled to order naan. This simple, soft bread customarily baked in tandoors—large, super hot clay ovens—is a creature comfort of mine and was rightfully one of the first breads I ever attempted to make at home. I have had a sordid past with bread baking, and previous tries at naan had left me frustrated with lackluster results, but that relationship has been growing more prosperous and I assumed with more know-how under my belt, I'm finally in a position to make an ideal naan.

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Thu Mar 2, 2017

Paneer Kati Rolls

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Paneer Kati Roll

You may have noticed an Indian theme over the last few weeks here with a recipe for paneer skewers followed by one for flaky, tender paratha. While both of those stand as greats on their own, the real purpose for why they were developed was to join them together into one of the greatest of snack foods of all time—kati rolls.

A running thread through the Meatwave since I moved to North Carolina has been creating recipes for things I used to enjoy in New York, but can't get regularly anymore, and kati rolls fall into this category. These stuffed and rolled parathas combine all the excellent and intense flavors of Indian food intoa hand held delight, with one roll being able to satisfy a slight hunger, or multiple eaten together to create a meal. I have found similar items in Durham, but for some reason they're always made with naan, which is a tad too filling and doesn't deliver the textural superiority of paratha. Luckily I feel like I nailed those paneer and paratha recipes, which translated to these kati rolls tasting pretty damn near perfect to me.

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Thu Feb 23, 2017

Paratha

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Paratha

No Indian meal feels complete to me without some form of bread. I tend to opt for buttery, soft naan, but equally delicious are light and airy poori and flaky, layered paratha. I've been on kick of making Chinese scallion pancakes at home lately, and I couldn't help but notice that the interior texture of those layered breads were very similar to paratha. Not only did this make me crave some of that Indian bread, but also made me think I could essentially use the same process as scallion pancakes, just swapping some ingredients, and end up with pretty perfect paratha, so I tried just that.

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Thu Feb 16, 2017

Indian-spiced Vegetable and Paneer Skewers

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Paneer Kebabs

There's a reason I rely heavily on skewers to feed my guests at a number of Meatwaves—they can be totally prepped beforehand, quickly grilled, and then easily consumed without the need for plates or utensils. My biggest problem with skewers though has been finding a variation for guests who are veggie inclined that can satisfy and fulfill in a way that sticks loaded with meat do. The only ones I've done so far that have meet that requirement were halloumi and veggie skewers, where that salty, squeaky Cypriot cheese added a heartiness that made a couple sticks feel like the start of a satisfying meal. So seeing cheese as a solution to a problem, I upped my veggie-friendly skewer game by taking on an Indian-spiced version featuring some excellent homemade paneer.

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