Submitted by amberablue on September 30, 2009 - 6:20pm
I wasn't even trying to make a curry though I LOVE Indian food! I was just at the market thinking up a stuffed tomato salad with perhaps a vague Morrocan theme, and happened to pick up some Indian spices for future use.
I have quite a bit of experience with Indian cooking back in the days... and I don't know why it took me so long to try it raw! (A friend had told me she hadn't had any luck with it... )
So at the last minute I decided to go for the Indian touch instead, thinking either way this recipe wasn't going to turn out very well... and I was surprised how amazing it turned out! Can't wait to try more!!!
Tikka Masala is an Indian dish usually made with Chicken, as well as some combination of creams and tomato sauce. I realized this old favorite would be an easy dish to re-create raw. It includes several optimizations that can be foregone to save time and effort. The quickest version of this recipe can be made with two cups of coconut milk, no almond milk, and no irish moss. I recommend going all the way if you want to imitate its namesake - it will still be quick and easy.
With it being the dead of winter and all, I’ve been doing my best to stay warm during the cloudy rainy days. This can be especially difficult if your diet consists of mostly raw foods, so its good to supplement with foods and spices that having a warming tendency for the body. The three C’s of warming spices are cinnamon (dalchini), cardamom (elichee), and clove (laung). In my opinion, the best way to combine these heat makers is to make a nice cup of warm chai. The smells and tastes of these aromatic spices are just the thing for that cold day gloom, and are also great for your health. To go along with the chai, I’ve included a recipe for a delicious snack to enjoy, which I’m going to call chai cookie cakes. Enjoy it!