This chicken is delicious. Super delicious. And so was the cauliflower. I know I usually babble on for awhile about how I chose the recipe, etc., but this time I just had to say something about how good the chicken was before I babbled. Now on to the babbling.
The only Indian cookbook I have ever owned is by Madhur Jaffrey. Several years ago when I first moved to NYC, I visited Kalustyans and asked the Indian ladies working there for a recommendation on a good Indian cookbook. They pointed out Indian Cooking by Madhur Jaffrey in a split second. So I bought it. And all of the recipes I have tried from it (with the exception of one) have been delicious. So at the library the other day I saw another one of Madhur Jaffrey's cookbooks, From Curries to Kebabs: Recipes from the Indian Spice Trail so I checked it out. And then proceeded to go through the cookbook, flagging all of the recipes I wanted to try. This recipe for Cardamom and Black Pepper Chicken was one of the ones that first caught my eye. And then I thought while I was at it, I should try one of the cauliflower recipes that had also caught my eye. So our meal of Cardamom and Black Pepper Chicken with Quick Cauliflower Bhaji was born. I also served it with plain basmati rice and naan (not homemade unfortunately). Yum. Both the chicken and the cauliflower had some spice to them, but not an overwhelming amount. The heat level was lingering and meshed well with the various spices, cumin and coriander in particular. In the case of the chicken, the spice was additionally balanced against the perfume of the cardamom, the sweetness of the cinnamon, and the tang of the fresh lemon juice. Very tasty. I considered making some cilantro chutney with the meal to give it some additional freshness and color, but decided against it. In the future I might top the chicken with some roughly chopped cilantro because I just love cilantro and otherwise the meal is a study in beige, but it certainly didn't need it flavor-wise.
Alex kept stopping mid-bite and saying how pleased he was with the meal. You know it's good when your husband stopped eating long enough to compliment you and/or your food. Several times. What can I say? I'm just that good. Or Madhur Jaffrey is.
Recipes after the jump!