You know I like a good fakeaway right? Well this Duck Tikka Masala is a dish I had been working on for a while and is actually the dish that I made for our Valentines Day meal this year. I’m very happy to share it with you as it means I got to cook it again.
I posted a Babgulyás recipe a short while ago and mentioned that it was about as Hungarian as it could be, well as far as I am concerned Tikka Masala, all be it Chicken Tikka Masala is about as British as it gets. It is rumoured to have come from an Indian Restaurant in Glasgow when a ‘drunk’ punter came in and ordered a Chicken Tikka and complained when it had no sauce. The waiter returned to the kitchen and made a sauce involving a tin of cream of tomato soup and some spices.
As time has gone by the dish has become refined and arguments over the provenance have raged but either way it has become what it is today, grilled marinated meat in a spicy gravy.
So what we have here is my Duck Tikka Masala and it is awesome. The meat is juicy and still rosy pink in a marinade that is then turned into a sweet and sour sauce powered by tamarind and honey to cut through the richness of the duck meat.
The accompaniment for dish is a bit of fun I have been playing around with for Indian food for a while and whilst unusual it is absolutely awesome and much lighter than rice. Which means extra room for flat breads!
The minty sweet peas and cucumber is perfect along side the duck tikka masala, and I suppose it is another hint to the British origins of this recipe. It is also time where I can freely use last years harvest of peas without worrying about using them all up. Primarily because our new seasons planting has now begun and peas are in the ground and will be harvested in 6-8 weeks.
Where on earth did that time go? It only felt a couple of recipes ago when I was complaining about the cold. I have also been trying to do some pre-planning for my summer recipe plans for you, and I am really excited.
Following on from last years BBQ fest there is plenty more of that coming your way and a whole host of picnic food. Myself and Julie are determined to spread our wings a little further into the Hungarian countryside so expect to see some exciting new style posts with great picnic recipes and some pictures from the Great Hungarian Plain and maybe even the hilly bits too!