I’m a big fan of Indian cuisine, but less so of cooking it. I more often find myself wanting Indian for dinner than I feel like cooking it, honestly. Luckily, if you’re in the Midwest US, you’ll be able to buy the new Cafe Spice Chicken Tikka Masala with Basmati Saffron Rice meals. If you’re in the Midwest and you’re curious about how tasty these are, you’ll be able to try a sample of the Cafe Spice Chicken Tikka Masala this weekend! On Sunday, May 17 you can have a taste and then pick up a two pack for dinner.
Cafe Spice products are made from scratch, prepared in small batches using fresh and only all natural ingredients. So it seems like the meals are as close as you can get to preparing them at home. The chicken is humanely raised on Pennsylvania farms and is free from antibiotics or added hormones, and vegetarian fed. The chicken is also halal certified. The meals are gluten free and freshly prepared tandoor style in a creamy spiced tomato sauce in Café Spice’s kitchens in New York’s Hudson Valley. The thing I like is that they freshly grind whole spices daily to create the spice mixtures used in their meals. Since spices are the most important part of Indian cuisine, this is a hugely important step, I think.
This is what they have to say about their Chicken Tikka Masala and Saffron Rice on their website:
Without question, Chicken Tikka Masala is the most popular dish on an Indian menu and adored by children and adults alike. Marinated chicken cooked in a tandoor (traditional clay oven) is simmered to tender perfection in our mouth-watering tomato sauce, prepared with a hint of cream and whole spices. Delightfully aromatic, this entrée is paired with our Basmati Saffron Rice.
You can look at the list of ingredients on that website page too. You can tell from that list that it is really just like what you would use to make your own at home. Of course, in this case all you’ll have to do is heat it up and you are ready to eat. You can find the meals in the prepared foods section and they are available in a two pack, with each meal being 16 ounces (so 32 ounces in total) for $10.69. This is a terrific deal and a great way to have Indian for dinner without a big cost or the hassle of preparation. Plus, you can team it with some of the naan that Costco carries too.
Also available now at Costco locations (and at Amazon if you can’t find it in your local Costco), you can get the cookbook of the chef behind he Cafe Spice meals, Chef Hari Nayak. This new cookbook, The Cafe Spice Cookbook: 84 Quick and Easy Indian Recipes for Everyday Meals, isn’t just a collection of recipes, but really explains Indian cooking by explaining the differences in regional Indian cuisines, teaching about Indian cooking techniques, and even giving information about how and where to find basic Indian ingredients. There are recipes for specialty spice blends, as well as recipes for chutneys and accompaniments like Tamarind and Mint Chutneys, Green Pea Relish. And of course, you can find all of the classic dishes (and probably all of your favourites) like Paneer with Creamed Spinach (aka Saag Paneer, which is a favourite at our house), Chicken Tikka Masala, and Naan. There are even recipes that will be perfect for summer, including a Tamarind Cooler and Crab and Coconut Salad, as well as grilled specialties such as Tandoori Fish and Smoky Fire-Roasted Eggplant.
So if you’re now craving Indian food for dinner, head over to Costco (if you’re in the Midwest at least) and pick up the cookbook and some ingredients and get to whipping up something spectacular. And get the Chicken Tikka Masala meals to hold you over while you’re cooking!