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Mmm - those are good - and one quick weeknight dinner!


I love Indian - in fact Sundays are the day we hit the Indian/Pakastian brunch buffet! The last time I made tikka masala, I made my own sauce, and it was so easy that I will surely do it again.


I heart Madhur Jaffrey's Indian food cookbooks. I made her tandoori chicken recipe last night- it was so easy. And baby ate almost 2 leg pieces!

De in D.C.

I know you don't love Trader Joe's as much as I do, but they sell a wonderful line of indian simmer sauces for insanely cheap (if I recall, around $2.30 for a 12oz jar). The korma is my favorite.


So glad you loved our sauces. We also sell a line of 5 fresh (refrigerated section of your grocery) simmer sauces: Korma, tikka, vindaloo, tamarind and coconut curry. --much less expensive than Williams-Sonoma and really good. Thanks again - I love reading your blog.

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