Chicken Tikka Masala

6 garlic cloves, finely grated
4 teaspoons finely grated peeled ginger
4 teaspoons ground turmeric
2 teaspoons garam masala
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 cups whole-milk yogurt (not Greek)
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, halved lengthwise
3 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter) or vegetable oil
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup tomato paste
6 cardamom pods, crushed
2 dried chiles de árbol or 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
2 cups heavy cream
3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro plus sprigs for garnish
Steamed basmati rice (for serving)
Preparation

Combine garlic, ginger, turmeric, garam masala, coriander, and cumin in a small bowl. Whisk yogurt, salt, and half of spice mixture in a medium bowl; add chicken and turn to coat. Cover and chill 4-6 hours. Cover and chill remaining spice mixture.

Heat ghee in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add onion, tomato paste, cardamom, and chiles and cook, stirring often, until tomato paste has darkened and onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add remaining half of spice mixture and cook, stirring often, until bottom of pot begins to brown, about 4 minutes.

Add tomatoes with juices, crushing them with your hands as you add them. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring often and scraping up browned bits from bottom of pot, until sauce thickens, 8-10 minutes.

Add cream and chopped cilantro. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens, 30-40 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat broiler. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and set a wire rack inside sheet. Arrange chicken on rack in a single layer. Broil until chicken starts to blacken in spots (it will not be cooked through), about 10 minutes.

Cut chicken into bite-size pieces, add to sauce, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked through, 8-10 minutes. Serve with rice and cilantro sprigs.

Thai Peanut Sauce

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup hot water
2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
2 tablespoons palm sugar or light brown sugar
2 tablespoons Sriracha
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice from 1 lime
1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 scallions, thinly sliced
Kosher salt, to taste

In a medium bowl, whisk together peanut butter and hot water.

Stir in curry paste, sugar, Sriracha, soy sauce, vinegar, lime juice, garlic, red pepper flakes, and scallions. Season with salt to taste. Use immediately or store in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Thai Chicken Satay

1 stalk lemongrass, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons palm sugar or light brown sugar
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice from 1 lime
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons freshly minced garlic (about 2 medium cloves)
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon Sriracha

1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, sliced into 1/2-inch strips lengthwise
Bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes prior to use
1 recipe Spicy Peanut Sauce (see related)

Type of fire: Direct
Grill heat: medium-high

Place lemongrass, oil, fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, soy sauce, turmeric, garlic, coriander, and Sriracha in jar of a blender and blend on high speed until smooth, about 30 seconds, scraping down sides as necessary.
Place chicken in a large resealable plastic bag and pour in marinade. Place in refrigerator and marinate 1 to 2 hours, turning bag occasionally to marinate evenly.
Remove chicken from marinade and thread onto wooden skewers.
Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over entire surface of coal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Grill chicken until browned on both sides and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a platter, let rest for 5 minutes, then serve immediately with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Mango and Sticky Rice

3 cups sticky rice, soaked overnight in water or thin coconut milk and drained
2 cups canned or fresh coconut milk
3/4 cup palm sugar, or substitute brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 ripe mangoes, or substitute sliced ripe peaches or papayas

Steam the sticky rice until tender.

Meanwhile, place the coconut milk in a heavy pot and heat over medium heat until hot. Do not boil. Add the sugar and salt and stir to dissolve completely.

When the sticky rice is tender, turn it out into a bowl and pour 1 cup of the hot coconut milk over; reserve the rest. Stir to mix the liquid into the rice, then let stand for 20 minutes to an hour to allow the flavors to blend.

Meanwhile, peel the mangoes. The mango pit is flat and you want to slice the mango flesh off the pit as cleanly as possible. One at a time, lay the mangoes on a narrow side on a cutting board and slice lengthwise about 1/2 inch from the center — your knife should cut just along the flat side of the pit; if it strikes the pit, shift over a fraction of an inch more until you can slice downward. Repeat on the other side of the pit, giving you two hemispherical pieces of mango. (The cook gets to snack on the stray bits of mango still clinging to the pit.) Lay each mango half flat and slice thinly crosswise.

To serve individually, place an oval mound of sticky rice on each dessert plate and place a sliced half-mango decoratively beside it. Top with a sprig of mint or basil if you wish. Or, place the mango slices on a platter and pass it around, together with a serving bowl containing the rice, allowing guests to serve themselves. Stir the remaining sweetened coconut milk thoroughly, transfer to a small serving bowl or cruet, and pass it separately, with a spoon, so guests can spoon on extra as they wish.

You can substitute black Thai sticky rice for half the white rice. Soak the two rices together; the white rice will turn a beautiful purple as it takes on color from the black rice. Cooking will take 10 minutes longer.

Unlike plain sticky rice, Coconut Milk Sticky Rice has enough moisture and oils in it that it keeps well for 24 hours, in a covered container in the refrigerator, without drying out. Rewarm it the next day by steaming or in a microwave.

· For steaming sticky rice, Drain rice and place in the conical steamer basket. Set the steamer basket over several inches of boiling water in a large pot or a wok. The rice must not be in or touching the boiling water. Cover and steam for 25 minutes, or until the rice is shiny and tender. Be careful that your pot doesn’t run dry during steaming; add more water if necessary, making sure to keep it from touching the rice.

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

3 large eggs
2 Cups sugar
1 Cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. PURE VANILLA EXTRACT
2 TB. butter
6 TB. NATURAL COCOA POWDER
2 Cups zucchini, grated
2 Cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
11/2 tsp. CHINA CINNAMON
2/3 Cup semi sweet chocolate chips
2 tsp. flour
1 Cup chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, sugar, oil, and VANILLA EXTRACT. Mix until well blended. In a small saucepan, melt 2 TB. butter, add 6 TB. COCOA POWDER and blend together until smooth. Set aside to cool. Peel and grate the zucchini. Add zucchini and cooled COCOA mixture to the large mixing bowl and blend well. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, and CINNAMON. Add dry ingredients to the batter. Stir only enough to blend in all the dry ingredients. In another small bowl, coat the chocolate chips with 2 tsp. flour. This helps prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the pan. Add the flour-coated chocolate chips to the batter. Spoon the batter into two generously greased and floured 9x5x3 loaf pans. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 5-10 minutes. Remove from pans and continue to cool on a wire rack.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

1/2 Cup milk
1/4 tsp. white vinegar
1/2 Cup room temperature butter (1 stick)
1/2 Cup vegetable oil
1 3/4 Cups white sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. PURE VANILLA EXTRACT
2 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
4 TB. NATURAL COCOA POWDER
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 – 1/2 tsp. CINNAMON
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Cups peeled and finely grated zucchini – 3 small zucchini
1 Cup chocolate chips
1/4 Cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 325°. Line 2 standard muffin pans with papers. Mix together the milk and vinegar and set aside (if a recipe calls for sour milk, this is how you make it). In a large bowl, beat together the butter, oil and sugar until creamy. Add eggs, VANILLA EXTRACT and milk/vinegar mix. Blend well. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, COCOA POWDER, baking soda, CINNAMON and salt. Add to the butter mixture and stir by hand to combine. Add grated zucchini and half the chocolate chips and stir well. Spoon the batter evenly into the pans, filling each paper 2/3 full. Sprinkle the other half of the chocolate chips and nuts (if using), on top and bake for about 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or the muffins spring back when lightly touched (don’t touch the melted chocolate, though).

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake

1/2 c. butter
1 3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c. sour milk or buttermilk
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 c. cocoa
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 c. finely grated zucchini
1 (6 oz.) pkg. chocolate chips
1 c. chopped walnuts or pecans

In mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add oil, eggs, vanilla and sour milk; beat well.
In another bowl combine cinnamon, cloves, flour, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda. Add to liquid mixture. Add zucchini. Mix well.

Pour into greased 9×13 inch baking pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips and nuts on top. Bake at 325 degrees F. for 45 minutes. Cool in pan on rack. Cake needs no frosting.