Malai means cream. The chicken is marinated in cream, dry mango powder and other Indian spices and grilled on a barbecue. The sauce is a silky smooth tomato based gravy with onion, ginger, garlic and other Indian spices which is then smoked with live charcoal. The dish can be eaten with the sauce and grilled malai chicken separately or with the grilled chicken dunked into the sauce. The chicken is so tender that it almost melts in the mouth. The chillies are stuffed with ricotta cheese and pickled spices then grilled on the barbecue.
Whenever anyone talks of Indian curries, the most common dish people refer to is Butter Chicken. It is as if Butter Chicken is the Indian National Dish, but that is not true. There are many other dishes which are more popular than Butter Chicken. The Koyla Malai chicken is my own creation and is inspired by Koyla Butter Chicken, one of the pressure test dishes for 2018 Masterchef. When I made this recipe for the first time, it was an instant hit with my wife and kids. I have replaced chicken with Tofu, Paneer and even chat potatoes and each of these dishes have become a hot favourite at home. I have also experimented with coconut milk options and it comes out equally yum!
Contains: Milk and milk products, tree nuts and tree nut products other than coconut from the fruit of the palm
About your cook, Umesh (Dee Why)
My passion for food has come from my mother, she is a great cook and has won many awards for cooking in India. When I was small, around 15 or 16 years of age, I used to type out her recipes on a typewriter so that she could mail them to the magazines for competitions. Once when she was not there, I looked up her recipe book and made chilli chicken and fried rice and I was thrilled at my achievement. That ignited my passion for cooking. Since then I have always experimented with food. I am not limited to Indian cooking, I also cook Asian, Mediterranean, Italian, in fact I am big fan of Jamie Oliver and have cooked so many of his recipes….watch out for my Jamie Oliver specials! I love to cook because I feel you can be so creative with simple things available, forget the recipes, forget the complex processes, just take whatever you have and make whatever you want to make. If you believe in it you will come up with a dish. I have an education in hospitality where I formalised my passion for cooking. But later I changed to an IT Career in Hospitality and limited my passion to the home front. I can’t wait to share my passion and creation with others in the community.