Friday, September 7, 2012

Gluten-Free Friday: Sharwood’s Butter Chicken Simmer Sauce

With all this decluttering going on, I’ve been looking for easy ways to get dinner on the table each night.  I reached into the pantry last night and came up with a gluten-free Indian simmer sauce by the UK company Sharwood’s.

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Indian food is not something I normally cook because I’m not too familiar with the ingredients involved, so I thought this sauce would be a great way to get Indian flavors on my table with minimal effort and expense. 

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The Makhani Butter Chicken sauce is a tomato and cream based sauce with butter (of course) and flavored with Indian spices like ginger, cardamom, fenugreek and chilis. 

The label billed it as mild-medium heat level, and I think that’s pretty on target.  I didn’t really taste the heat too much while I was eating, but I felt a little warmth afterwards. 

The instructions just called for chicken, but I had some onions and peppers to use up after a recent fajita night, so I decided to toss those in too.

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Once everything was browned, all I had to do was empty the jar of sauce into the pan, stir it up and let it simmer on low for 15 minutes. 

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I garnished with scallions and cilantro and served it over coconut basmati rice with steamed green beans on the side.  It was rich, flavorful and full of warm spices.

They carry several sauces at my local Harris Teeter, so I will definitely be checking out other flavors from Sharwood’s!

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