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My DH is taking me out for Indian food tonight. Its been so long, I'm not sure what to order. I had something a very, very long time ago with chicken it was either a chicken masala, a chicken tikka masala or chicken makhani, and loved it. Not too spicy and it was delicious over rice. Can someone give me some pointers? I know I would make it at home if I knew how. But first I have to know what! Any great pointers would be really appreciated.

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  1. Was it basically a stew (curry) or was it dry, spiced pieces of chicken? Or was the chicken served a la' kebab?

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    1. re: Perilagu Khan

      It was more of a stew (yummy, seemed to be a tomato type base, not too spicy but had enough kick that I could take it and creamy).

    2. Is this something different from the similar thread you started on 22/3?

      If not, then I think you'll find comprehensive responses there
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/696366

      Enjoy your meal whatever you end up ordering.

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      1. re: Harters

        Yes, a remarkably similar thread.

        And boyzoma, what you describe sounds like tikka masala to me. It gets low marks for Indian authenticity (and is that really so important?), but sky-high marks for deliciousness.

        1. re: Perilagu Khan

          Thank you both Harters and Perilagu Kahn. Yes it is. I was having one of those airhead moments and realized I had not bookmarked the original. Thank you for being gentle with me. I am re-reading the originals right now and think it is the tikka as well. Thank you both so much!!!! And please forgive me.

          1. re: boyzoma

            If I may make a further suggestion - order the main that appeals most - but also order a side and/or a starter of something that you also like the menu description but you're not familiar with. That way, you can get to try a little of something new without feeling thjat you'll ruin your evening if you don't like it.

            And, of course, when you know what the main is that you like, you'll be able to look up recipes and make it at home. Bear in mind that they'll only be a guide and what's important are your own tastes - more coriander, less chili, same cumin - that sort of thing.

            Enjoy.

            1. re: Harters

              Thank you for your suggestions and I really appreciate it. You and PK have been very gracious. I will be happy to follow your advice and will let you know how it turns out.

              1. re: boyzoma

                Please do - particularly as chicken tikka masala is a British export to you.

                1. re: Harters

                  Great suggestions - I had the chicken tikka masala. It was exactly what I was thinking about. I did find out that this particular restaurant does a daily brunch, so I think I'll go back during the week and to a further sampling of their fares for later reference. Thanks again.