For us, cooking is like art. Hundreds of spices are widely used in the foods we prepare. Our recipes have been passed down from generation to generation as an oral legacy. The attractive scent hovering in the restaurant is inviting and tempting. Our goal is to offer lovingly made authentic Indian food. Listed below are the three most popular dishes of Masala.
Have you had the chance to taste one or even all?
1. Butter Chicken
Butter chicken is synonymous with Indian food in the West and rightly so because it is absolutely delicious. But did you know that it was invented just by accident at a restaurant in Delhi, India? Yes right, the most delicious Indian chicken recipe was an accident. Just a unique idea by a guest and some leftover tandoori chicken mixed in tomato, cream and butter sauce.
In the video below you’ll see us demonstrate how the delicious marinated chicken cooks in the tandoor oven
Making butter chicken is a two-step process. Number one is to make the tandoori chicken in the tandoori oven. To do this, the chicken is marinated with the right spices and kept overnight in the fridge. Next morning it is put onto the skewers and cooked inside a tandoori oven. The smoke from the oven and the drippings from the bird get absorbed into the chicken which give it that unique flavour.
The next step is now to cook the sauce. The sauce is rich in butter and cream with a base of tomatoes. Dried Fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi) are also added to enhance the smell and the flavour.
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2. Shahi Paneer
This name literally translates to ‘the royal cheese’. The two main ingredients of this dish are the cottage cheese and the royal sauce. The history of this dish goes back to the 16th century AD when India was ruled by the mughal emperors. Being highly influenced by the Iraninan and the Central Asian cuisine, the chefs of the mughal emperors combined Indian subcontinent cuisine with the Persian methods of cooking and hence Shahi Paneer was invented.
The origin of Indian cheese/cottage cheese dates back to as far as the 1st century AD. A few ancient Indian texts mention food items similar to cottage cheese but the name Paneer is derived from the Persian word ‘Panir’ which means cheese in general. The process of making cottage cheese is relatively simple and it can be easily prepared at home. Just follow these easy steps by Samira to do it at home:
Cottage cheese is very good to cook with because it doesn’t melt even when cooked for a long time at a high temperature and it absorbs all the flavour of the sauce that it is cooked with. It is also an excellent source of protein, calcium and vitamin B12. You should definitely consider adding it to your diet especially if you don’t consume meat.
Lastly the most important and the tastiest part is the royal sauce. The sauce is based in tomatoes, onions, ginger garlic paste and a few other grounded and whole spices. We also add grounded cashews and almonds to give it that sweet and aromatic flavour.
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3. Chicken Vindaloo
This is the favourite dish of all spicy food lovers. Surprisingly a lot of people here in Finland love very spicy food and we often have guests who want to test their spice tolerance levels. Some people just love to eat this extra spicy dish and sweat and cry with it. Are you one of them or do you just like to take it easy and try some mild flavours?
Did you know that this dish has Portuguese origins but these days a lot of different versions are cooked all around India and Great Britain. The name Vindaloo is derived from the Portuguese dish ‘Carne de vinha d’alhos’ which literally means ‘Meat of wine and garlic’. At Masala we cook the British-Bangladeshi version of the dish which is even hotter than the traditional Vindaloo.
Our chefs have mastered this recipe after a lot of experimentation with what works and what doesn’t. Something unique about this dish is that it doesn’t burn your mouth but instead warms up the entire body from inside. So if you are a fan of spicy food and don’t want to just burn your mouth, this is the perfect dish for you.
The key spices of this recipe, which also are the warming ingredients, are cloves, ginger and mustard seeds. Our chefs mix together all the ingredients to make a smooth paste and then cook it with chicken, potatoes and a few other spices to present before you, Chicken Vindaloo.
We also cook the same recipe with the even softer and tender lamb meat and the name of the dish is Lamb Vindaloo. Just head over to the lamb section of the food menu.
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