How to make Chicken Tikka Kababs

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Chicken Tikkah Kababs

I always find it fun to try various recipes during the holidays. People are finding themselves in a broad range of events such as holiday parties, potlucks, or regular get-togethers with friends. A couple of weeks ago Shehab and I went to a potluck at a friends house. Everyone cooked their specialty dish, and I prepared my version of Chicken Tikka Kababs. Since it was a massive hit,  I thought I’d share my version of how to make Chicken Tikka Kababs.

This won’t taste exactly like the restaurant version, especially since they’re made in woodfire grills, but it is a party favorite.I also minimize the amount of oil used.

Ingredients:

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2 pounds of diced chicken breast
1 tbsp of lemon and lime juice
1 cup Greek Yogurt
2 tbsp Olive Oil
3 tbsp Chicken Tikka Masala (this ingredient can be purchased in the ethnic foods section of any grocery store or an Indian grocery store).
One tbsp Coriander Powder
1 tbsp Garlic Powder
1 tbsp Ginger Powder
One tsp Oregano
One tsp Rosemary flakes
1 tbsp Cayenne Pepper
Two tsp Salt and Pepper
One tsp Chili Flakes
1 tbsp Coriander flakes

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together before marinating your chicken then pour it into the lemon and line juice. ( I love using both lemon and lime because each ingredient has its unique flavor.
  2. Mix the lemon & lime with the dry spices. <– make sure you mix this very well before adding the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Add Olive Oil and mix.IMG_1382
  4. Add the Greek Yogurt and mixIMG_1385
  5. Once you feel that the mixture is ready to add the chicken and mix until every piece of meat is covered with sauce. IMG_1387IMG_1388
  6. Take an airtight container and store it in the fridge. <- I like to allow the chicken to marinate for 24 hours before cooking it but you can cook it right away as well.IMG_1389

 

Cooking:

  1. Preheat the Oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Wrap the chicken with two pieces of foil paper and seal it tightly.IMG_1395
  3. Bake the chicken for thirty minutes covered. (Flip the pieces over during the fifteen-minute interval).
  4. After thirty minutes, uncover the chicken and bake it for another ten minutes.

Forewarning: the kababs get eaten quite fast. Depending on your oven, you may have to cook it for a longer amount of time or less. Always make sure that your chicken is cooked thoroughly. This recipe was made in the winter time, but I would recommend grilling instead of baking. It makes for a great barbecue.

You can pair them with a salad with lemon juice onto,  some naan bread, or rice.

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  • You can also use these same ingredients to make a vegetarian version. Replace the chicken with firm Tofu. Since tofu cooks quite fast, you can bake the tofu for twenty minutes at 450 degrees covered. Uncover and bake for ten minutes.

 

 

 

Winter Inspiration

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WinterInspiration

Winter’s here, the first frost as fallen and I’m ready to stay inside by a warm fireplace snuggled up to Shehab and the little munchkin. Too bad Shehab and I only see each other on the weekends and reality says,  “I have to work, and Dora has to go to school!Yea life sucks! Especially when Dora says she’s too old to snuggle, however, she does have her moments.

For some strange reason, though, I always find my inspiration in the winter. I don’t know if it’s because of the cold weather or the depressing atmosphere, but I always find my inspiration for painting during the winter season.

My ideas often come during the worst times, like when I’m in the office trying to concentrate on projects and all I can think about is painting. I’m an I have to start this project, or I’ll forget kind of girl. So how do you fix these problems?

I decided to start carrying around a small notebook for my ideas and inspiration. Since I’m a daughter of an artist, there’s paint and canvases everywhere!

So what’s on the inspiration lists…

Well, a family friend, who’s like an elder sister to me is pregnant, she has two daughters and after eight years she’s having a baby boy due in January. Here’s the thing, they love to read, so I’m currently working on a little story book. Details to follow. I’m not much of a children’s books author, but let’s see how it turns out.

I’m trying to improve my artistic photography; I’m not much of a photography person. However, I couldn’t help but take a picture of the melting snow in front of my house; I guess winter does inspire.

And on the painting list, I have this idea of representing imperfection in the midst of beauty and chaos. I have the idea in my mind, but until it’s on a canvas, can’t explain the final product.

In the meantime I think I’ll just practice my sketching and improve skills again (I’m finding my sketching skills are a little out of practice)

Sketch

Geometric shapes

What to expect