Vegetarian Tikka Marsala

This is one of my all time favorite Indian meals.  Its great with chicken as well, but I prefer it meatless. There are a lot of spices, but trust me, this recipe is so worth the time and the ingredients.

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Ingredients:

1 tsp. Coriander

1 tsp. Cumin

1 tsp. Cardamom (can use Allspice as a substitute)

1/2 tsp. Nutmeg

1 1/2tsp. Paprika

1/2 tsp. Red Pepper Flake (more or less for amount of heat desired)

1/2 tsp. Ground Ginger

1/2 tsp. Chili Powder

1 tsp. Turmeric

Dash Cinnamon

1/2 tsp. (scant) Fennel Seeds

1 T Dried Cilantro

4 T Butter

8 oz. Tomato Sauce

Salt and Pepper to taste

1 T Minced Garlic

1 Onion, minced (I prefer Red Onion)

1/3 C Whole Milk Yogurt

1/2 C Heavy Cream

28 oz. Can Crushed Tomatoes

1/2 C Water

1 C Vegetables of Choice, diced  (I used carrot and celery)

1/2 C Mushrooms, diced small

Can Chickpeas, drained (optional)

Directions:

-In large skillet, over medium low heat, melt butter, add in tomato sauce and onion.  Cook 3 minutes. Add in all spices and garlic, cook 5 minutes.  Add in yogurt and tomatoes.  Cover and simmer 35 minutes.

-Add chickpeas and heavy cream, simmer 10 minutes.

-Best served over rice or noodles.  Can garnish with fresh cilantro.  Enjoy.

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