18 October 2007

Spiced Chicken Skewers with Raita

Nicole over at For the Love of Food has a wonderful blogging event Taste and Create. I love this event because you are able to showcase someone else's talent. There are so many bloggers out there with creative and inspiring dishes. It is a novel idea to be able to shower someone else with praise. For this event you are paired with a fellow blogger and browse through their blog. From the wide variety of choices you choose a post, prepare the recipe, photograph your creation and blog about it. Nicole will put all the entries up at the end of this month. Have a peek!!

For the month of October I was paired with the talented Sara at Whisks & Needles . From her blog I chose to create Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Stuffed Chicken Breasts. My version of her recipe is here on my blog. It was so delicious. I will be sure to make it time and time again. Her original recipe is here . It is an original recipe of hers as well. One that she has tweaked and nurtured to fruition.

Sara emailed me yesterday and she has chosen my recipe for "Spiced Chicken Skewers with Raita". They love East Indian food! Her recipe and recreation of my dish and post are here . I hope she enjoyed this event as much as I did.

I tend to barbeque all year long. Chicken is always a staple for us during barbeque season. Canada is such a melting pot of diverse cultures, so, what can really be classed as Canadian cuisine. This chicken dish takes a little while to prepare, but it is well worth the wait time. I'm so glad that Sara enjoyed it!!!

I don't have my own photo of this recipe, but, my photo is taken in the countryside overlooking Lake Okanagan in the town of Naramata, British Columbia.

**Spiced Chicken Skewers with Raita**

3/4 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon peeled fresh ginger, grated
2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamon
1/4 teaspoon ground tumeric
1/4 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed
1/8 tsp ground cloves
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 lbs skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 medium red onion, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks
cooking spray
1/3 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

To prepare kebabs, combine the first 12 ingredients through to red bell pepper in a large zip-top plastic bag, seal and marinate in refrigerator overnight, turning bag occasionally.

Prepare grill.

Remove chicken from bag and discard marinade. Thread chicken, onion and bell peppers alternately on each of 8 (12-inch) bamboo skewers (having soaked them immersed in water for hours). Coat kebabs with cooking spray, and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Place kebabs on a grill rack coated with cooking spray or oil. Grill 25 minutes or until chicken is done, turning occasionally. Remove from grill, keep warm.


1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1/3 cup diced seeded tomato
1/4 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded, grated and squeezed dry
1/4 cup low-fat sour cream
1 tablespoon minced jalapeno pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt

Combine 1/2 cup yogurt with remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Serve with kebabs.

Serves 8

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  1. YUM. We love chicken in our house. I wonder how my husband would like this. And I need to get on the ball! I picked a dish off my partner's site - but haven't gotten to it yet. Thank goodness it's the wked!

  2. Valli, this chicken looks so delicious, and I like the spicys you add. Gloria

  3. I like yur spice mix for the chicken skewers.

  4. I love this event Abby. I hope you have a smuch fun recreating a dish of your partner's as I did!!
    The spices make or break the dish Gloria and Cynthia. I hope you like it!

  5. Dear Valli, I only wnt to tell you that I put other appetizer's recipe if you want to look, dear, I have problems with some pictures, so for this I put after you come to my site. Thanks for come. Gloria xxxx

  6. Some day, I'll make those skewers. Are you living close to Vancouver?

  7. Sounds delicious! I would have to leave out the saffron - for some reason I have never acquired a taste for it. And I love Raita! So fresh tasting!
    Val that photo is lovely. Any idea what that purple bush is?

  8. Deb, I love the colour saffron brings to a dish. I reposted the recipe for the chicken skewers, so the photo was taken in the Spring. The bushes are lilacs.

  9. That sounds like a fun event, Valli. I love the picture of the valley--I think I could recognize the Okanagan no matter how far away I was.

  10. The chicken sounds tasty. The raita sounds really interesting, both cool and spicy at the same time.

  11. Hi Valli, I have posted up some more info on Persian/Iranian Fairy Floss just for you, hope it answers all your questions! Vida x

  12. Something like tandoori without the specialized clay oven. This is too tasty, Valli. Spices cooled with raita (spicy in its own right) is definitely one of my favorite ways to cook and eat.

  13. Would you have any recommendations where to shop in Vancouver like specialty food stores where we can find rose water for my baklavas, fresh pita bread, pomegranate, sumac etc. Let me know. I may go next week. Thanks.

  14. I forgot to mention that you don't have to post the comment of your blog but send an answer at: hpelo200@hotmail.com. I could not find your email on the blog. Thanks

  15. I've always wanted to try raita.
    These sound delicious. I wonder if there is a difference between kebabs and kabobs? Probably just the spelling.


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