Recently, I was lucky enough to receive two packets of spice mix from Lajina Masala. I have been meaning to explore some Indian cuisine and this was the perfect opportunity for that. I received packets of Tandoori Masala and Curry Masala spice mix. Firstly, I tried the Curry Masala for this recipe, as I was cooking for other people as well and didn’t want the curry to be too spicy. I absolutely love spicy food, so I can’t wait to find out what the Tandoori Masala is like soon.
I did use the Curry Tikka Masala recipe from Lajina’s website to make sure that I was going to make the most out of the spice mix. I adapted it to use the spice mix, and so it wasn’t too spicy. I also didn’t use any other spices or flavourings as I wanted to see what the mix could do on its own.
The spices were vacuum-packed to secure all the flavour and the scent, so when you open a packet of spice mix you know that none of the flavour is lost.
As soon as I mixed the spices into the yoghurt, it turned a bright orangey/yellow colour. It was fantastic!
The curry mix was a bit spicy for my family, so I just added a bit of extra yoghurt and a little drizzle of mango chutney to the rice. But this is personal preference. Many of the spice mixes from Lajina Masala, including the ones I received, are gluten free, low fat, low sugar, low salt.
Here’s the recipe, straight from Lajina’s website, with my personal touch.
Chicken Masala with Curry Masala Spice Mix:
500 grams chicken, cubed
4 tablespoons Greek yoghurt (I used 6)
1 sachet of Curry Masala spice mix
2 finely chopped onions
1/2 a tin of tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander leaves (for garnishing)
1. First, marinade the chicken in four tablespoons of Greek yoghurt and the curry masala spice mix.
2. In the meantime, fry 2 finely chopped onions until soft and golden.
3. Stir in half a tin of tomatoes and 1/2 a tsp of salt.
4. Add the marinated chicken to the onion mix and stir in 300 ml (a mug) of boiling water, simmer until cooked through (30-45 minutes), little bubbles of oil will float to the top, indicating the sauce has a good flavour and the chicken is cooked.
5. Finish with 150 ml of single cream and some fresh coriander.
Serve with rice, naan/chapattis!
Lajina Masala’s spice mix is so easy to cook with, it is just a case of opening the mix and pairing it with your ingredients.
There are loads of different mixes and pots to choose from, and they’re all Lajina’s website, along with lots of recipe ideas, and helpful lessons!
I received this product for free in return for providing my honest and unbiased review. I received no other compensation for the review of this product.