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By Sam Sifton
Good morning. The chef Chintan Pandya gave us a killer recipe for chicken tikka (above), his take on the classic Indian dish made with spiced yogurt-marinated chicken, skewered and then grilled or roasted.
I’ll get my chicken into the marinade this afternoon and cook it this evening, but not the way Chintan intended. Instead, I’ll undercook the meat slightly and finish it on top of a pizza, one similar in style to the Indian pies of the Bay Area and Edison, N.J., among other places: a tomato sauce brightened with ginger and garlic; a bunch of shredded mozzarella and Cheddar; some cilantro leaves in place of the usual basil; everything studded with chicken tikka.
Oh, man. I think that’s going to be great. You want to join me? If not, there’s always mushroom lasagna or, if you’re sick of cooking, one of the premium frozen pizzas that Julia Moskin wrote about last week and taste-tested with a number of her colleagues.
As for the rest of the week. …
I like Ali Slagle’s tempeh tacos recipe for the way the tempeh sucks up the flavors of the spices and the sauce, and for her use of hard-shell tortillas as contrast to the softness. So good.
Simplicity itself: Hetty McKinnon’s one-pan creamed spinach with eggs. You make the spinach first in a skillet, then make divots in it for the eggs, which steam on the stovetop. Just add toast — or, honestly, a simple seared steak.
Ligaya Mishan’s garlic shrimp are a taste of Hawaii’s food truck cuisine, crisp and garlicky and remarkably easy to make at home. Do that!
These roasted turkey meatballs with mozzarella, scallions and jalapeño, from Ali, are like jazzed-up jalapeño poppers. But they’re not so spicy that kids won’t love them as much as adults.
And then you can close out the week with Kay Chun’s fabulous one-pot Japanese curry with chicken and rice. “I wake up craving this sometimes,” one subscriber wrote of the recipe. “I love it so much.”
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Now, it’s nothing to do with pastry or broth, but here’s “ICE,” a new poem from Marianne Boruch in The New York Review of Books.
And here’s a fascinating story in National Geographic, by Kris Bordessa, about a new way to dispose of used cooking oil using solidifiers that transform the liquid into Frisbee-like disks.
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Finally, two tribute bands are playing at Brooklyn Bowl tonight: Dark Streets (the Pogues) and Straight to Hell (the Clash). If you’re not going, you can enjoy the real thing on the internet. Here’s the Pogues with “Sally MacLennane,” live in 1988, and the Clash with “London Calling,” in 1981. Enjoy those and I’ll see you again at the end of the week.
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