May 27, 2009 - Disaster    2 Comments

Out Of The Comfort Zone

I normally don’t stray too far out of my comfort zone in the kitchen. I stay mostly with American, Mexican, or Italian food. But for some crazy reason I had decided I wanted to make Indian curry. My friend and I used to go to a great Indian place every once in a while and binge on curry, since then I haven’t been able to find a great curry sauce that I like in the stores.

So I decided to make it at home. Or try to. Oh what a fool I am.

The recipe involved a spiced yogurt marinade for the chicken, and then a tomato and cream based curry sauce. Sounds simple enough, right?

In went the yogurt and spices…

Yogurt and Spices

Then the mixing to bring it together…


Hey look I learned to use a tripod! Its a steady shot!

Then in goes the chicken…

Add Chicken...

Unfortunately I had to use some spices I had never used before. Fresh ginger, cayenne pepper, and cumin. The recipe also called for cinnamon in the marinade, and since I always seem to connect cinnamon with sweet it smelled very weird when it was all mixed up.

I at that point I was getting kind of worried, because it…just….it smelled like spicy cinnamon rolls! But I went with it. I let it marinade, stew and become what it needed to be. After cooking the chicken it tasted alright, kinda spicy and the cinnamon was just a hint in the background.

What really ruined it was the sauce. For some reason the sauce was so thick, the cream just sat on my tongue and made me nauseous. I don’t deal well with a really thick cream sauce and that’s just what seemed to happen with the sauce even though there was more tomato than cream.

I was so disappointed that I couldn’t even get myself to take a picture of the sauce. It was really pretty and perfectly colored too. The disaster and upset just wouldn’t let me. I actually almost cried. You know you have issues when you cry over a sauce.

I think I’ll have to go back to my “roots” and just get happy with cooking again. Maybe I should bake something! Or something involving basil.

I love basil.


  • I’m not sure where you’re located, but if there’s a Trader Joe’s in your area, I highly recommend their Tikka Masala and Curry sauces. I thicken it with a roux, to give it a little more of that decadent “restaurant tikka” taste, and then add frozen peppers & onions (and chicken).

  • I’ve had the Trader Joe’s Tikka Masala and it left me wanting. It was too thin, and while there was some flavor it was very…pale? Bland? Smelled great though. I still have a jar of Curry Sauce from TJ’s but have yet to try it. Fear maybe?