Something old into something new: leftover butter chicken pizza!

Butter chicken pizza on naan bread on a cutting board

I’m not a fan of really hot, spicy foods, but I do like the flavour of curry. Hubby and I like to order butter chicken and rice from a nearby Indian restaurant because they make it on the milder side. We always order lots and there’s always leftover. But sometimes after the first few days, it’s easy to get bored with it, like anything else. Sometimes, you just need to find a new presentation to make even the most favourite of take-out more interesting a few days later — especially when the naan bread really isn’t too fresh by the third day and needs a little life put back into it.

So, today for lunch, I got a brainstorm. Pizza only needs a base, a sauce and toppings, right? So naan is similar to pizza crust, butter chicken sauce is like tomato sauce, the chicken is like any meat topping — all that’s needed is some veggie component (my preference) and some cheese. Here’s what I did…

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Butter Chicken & Rice: Indian cuisine made easy for the Irish-English Canadian

A counter and stove-top are littered with the fixings for an easy-made Indian-inspired dinner: butter chicken in a slow cooker, saffron water in a Pyrex dish, rice & raisins set aside in a container, olive oil, store-bought naan bread, etc.My husband and I were introduced to Indian cuisine many years ago and still love it. Although I cannot handle anything too spicy, due to a set of very sensitive tastebuds, I find myself going back again and again for one favourite: butter chicken.

Lately, we’ve had some difficulty getting our favourite Indian restaurant to make our butter chicken orders mild. Maybe they got a new chef, but at some point, whenever we ordered butter chicken, if we did not stress “not spicy” or “very mild”, we would get it delivered in one flavour: “too damned spicy for my palette”. (Insert pouty-sad-face here.)

As a result, I started whipping it up at  home. Sadly, I have not been brave enough to do so from scratch. I cheat!  Continue reading

Bored with leftovers? Make butter chicken… pizza??

Pizza made out of naan bread, butter chicken, cauliflower and roasted garlic havarti.Over the weekend, I found myself craving Indian cuisine and with my husband’s birthday needing a proper dinner, I thought I’d treat us both to a great meal. Sadly, our usual choice of delivery restaurants has been disappointing as of late. You see, I love Indian seasonings, but being a “super-taster”, I cannot handle really spicy foods. So I tend to purposely order things like butter chicken, which tends to be a milder dish (maybe not traditionally, but a lot of restaurants we’ve been to tend to make it rather mild). The one we’ve been ordering from for years has gradually made theirs more and more spicy until it’s gotten to the point that it is downright painful for me to eat. My hubby has enjoyed it, but I’ve literally given up on it after a few bites.

As a result, I have begun trying several of the Indian-inspired sauces made by VH. Continue reading