We've updated Ronit's classic Chicken Tikka Masala recipe to include this colorful, fruity pepper. We used the powderedKashmiri chili, which is also available inwhole pods(known as Kashmiri Dhegi Mirchi) that can be soaked or roasted. You can dial up the heat in this dish by adding a dash ofcayenne.
Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. When hot, add the cardamom pods and cinnamon sticks; leave for 2 minutes and then remove. This will flavor the oil, giving it a wonderful aroma. Add the onions and cook while stirring for approximately 10 minutes, until brown. Add chopped garlic and ginger; sauté for 2 minutes. Add the following spices: cumin, coriander, chili, turmeric, paprika, garam masala, salt, black pepper, and a pinch of asafoetida; sauté the spices for about 2 minutes. Add tomato paste, yogurt, and coconut milk. Mix all ingredients well, then add the chicken, making sure it is coated with the sauce. Add water to the sauce-coated chicken, lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Add methi leaves and fresh cilantro; cook uncovered for about 8 minutes to thicken the sauce. Serve over rice.