World Class Tomato Salad For A World Cup Final Match Recipe

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All Saturday before the World Cup was to be played I had Tapas on my mind. Maybe it was Spain being in the finals, maybe it was that psychic octopus from the German zoo. Who knows why one gets tapas on the brain, but there they were. So did that make me go on a quest for tapas? No. It did make me go looking for a recipe for that days' lunch that would take a minimum of preparation for a maximum of game watching.
A friend told me once that the reason for Americans not taking to football (soccer) like the rest of the world is the fact that the sport moves too fast and there are no natural breaks for commercials the way there are in basketball, football or baseball. It wasn't the commercial breaks I was worried about, it was the cooking breaks! Nothing's worse than trying to cook in one room and hear the game over the sound of vuvuzuelas. "Turn it up!" "No, turn it down!" "Turn it up!" "What's happening?"
That, was what I was trying to avoid. The answer was a simple, spicy marinated Indian chicken grilled in a few minutes, and a tasty soothing tomato salad to balance it all out.
The chicken was a breeze, no muss no fuss. I didn't even have to marinate it overnight, since I forgot and it turned out great anyway! Can't beat that!
So this post is in two parts, The Chicken and The Tomato. Which came first?
The Chicken.

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Servings: 4-6


Cost per serving $2.36 view details


  1. This post is in two parts, The Chicken and The Tomato. Which came first?
  2. The Chicken.
  3. Gather some skinned pieces of chicken. I used chicken breasts. This rub is good for about 2 lbs worth of chicken.
  4. Make up the spice paste. In a spice grinder or blender mix together:
  5. 1 Tbs of black peppercorns
  6. 1 Tbs of paprika
  7. 1/2 tsp of cayenne
  8. 1 Tbs of garam masala
  9. 2 tsp of ground cumin
  10. 2 tsp of dried oregano
  11. 1 and 1/4 tsp of salt
  12. 1 peeled chopped shallot
  13. 3 Tbs of vegetable oil
  14. 2 Tbs of lemon juice
  15. 2 Tbs of yogurt
  16. When it's all together, slash the skinned chicken pieces with a knife. Go all Norman Bates on it.
  17. Then rub the marinade in well.
  18. Set the chicken aside in the fridge for about an hour. You can do this ahead of time, but even if you don't, no worries. This works.
  19. When you're ready, grill the chicken.
  20. Now for The Tomato.
  21. This came about because the most insane, fresh, delicious tomatoes were on sale for 89 cents a pound. 89 cents! My magic number. Of course I had to have some. This is what I did.
  22. In a deep skillet or kadhai heat :
  23. 1 Tbs of butter
  24. When it's melted toss in:
  25. 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds
  26. As soon as they start to turn color add in:
  27. 1/8 tsp of turmeric
  28. 2 chopped shallots
  29. 1 green chili finely chopped. Stir things around a bit.
  30. Then add in 3 cups of chopped tomato.
  31. Don't worry about peeling or seeding it's not necessary. Besides there's that Spanish coach to get back to.
  32. He doesn't look happy. Perhaps he's dreaming of octopus tapas??
  33. Turn the heat down and cover the pan of tomatoes. Let them cook for about 10 minutes or so. Check in on them once in a while, make sure nothing's sticking.
  34. When they're done, take the pan off the heat. Let the tomatoes cool down. Watch the players heat up until you see their Game Face.
  35. When the tomatoes have cooled down put them in a bowl
  36. And add in:
  37. 1/4 tsp of salt
  38. 1/4 tsp of sugar
  39. 2 Tbs of peanut powder
  40. 3 Tbs of yogurt
  41. 3 Tbs of sour cream
  42. Mix everything in well, scatter 2 Tbs of chopped fresh cilantro over the top.
  43. One final stir, and you are in business.
  44. Spicy grilled chicken, a side of simple green salad and the tomato and yogurt dish makes it an easy meal.
  45. Minimal time in the kitchen, maximum time watching the game! With a dish like this, who needs octopus?
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 535g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 890  
Calories from Fat 587 66%
Total Fat 65.54g 82%
Saturated Fat 17.89g 72%
Trans Fat 0.26g  
Cholesterol 246mg 82%
Sodium 425mg 18%
Potassium 1195mg 34%
Total Carbs 13.52g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4.3g 14%
Sugars 6.79g 5%
Protein 62.01g 99%


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