June brings heat, and what else gives us heat? Spices… June’s movie choice at Food ‘n’ Flix was Mistress of Spices, an Indian tale of the mysterious mistresses of the spices, who intuit all manner of needs and cures for their customers through the spices. Everyone has their own special spice… This comes at a price, however…the mistress must never touch the skin of another, and she must never, ever leave her shop… Enter…THE MAN. I’ll let you watch the movie for yourself…
Now, I honestly cooked for this movie!! What I didn’t do was take PICTURES!! I am so ticked off at myself! I can’t believe I did all that and then blew off the camera! Arrrrrgh!!
Mistress of Spices Inspired Breast of Chicken
1 tsp. coriander seed
1 tsp. cumin seed
1 tsp. fennel seed
2 tsp. whole black peppercorns
1 chicken breast per serving
Toast the ingredients in a hot pan until they’re aromatic and their oils are being released. Grind (I used a mortar and pestle). Dust chicken breasts with the ground spices and bring to almost room temperature. Cook breasts over medium heat in a non-stick skillet until just done. They will sit while you make the sauce.
To the pan add about 1/4 cup chicken broth to deglaze the pan. Reduce until syrupy. Stir in 1/2 cup unflavored yogurt per person. Serve over rice (good time to use jasmine rice), with the sauce and a vegetable on the side.
Much as you’d have to imagine how it tastes…this time you also have to imagine how it looks… A bit on the pale side for my liking…white rice, light chicken, white sauce…a bit of cilantro snipped overall helps the appearance some…and adds yet another layer of flavor. There were no complaints about the meal…we both enjoyed the complex spice combination! Now if I’d only remembered…the…
Now to see how the rest of the group was inspired by this movie, head on over to Culinary Adventures with Camilla for the Food ‘n’ Flix round up!