Tandoori & Yogurt Chicken Tostadas with Quick Pickled Onion
We are all trying to feed our hunger. If it’s not our physical stomach-growling hunger, it’s the brain’s belly yearning for peace, inspiration, or simply something to look forward to. We have emotional hunger that is almost always trying to lasso the particular brand of connectivity that our diverse cocktail of atoms require. We yearn for authentic connection versus the artificial kind summated by swipes, likes, and thumbs. Our hearts starve without belonging. Our eyes have their own type of desire, needing to lock with another pair and feel seen. The list of ways in which we feed our being is endless. We are simple, yet complex. Needing only the basics to survive but a plethora of satisfactions to thrive.
I keep reiterating that “cooking is about more than making a meal” and I believe it. It is the ethos my passions circle. Our bodies must be fed but our souls need nourishment, too. I love the idea that sitting around the dinner table for a meal could potentially embody both the body and the soul. The food satisfying our basic needs but the intention and tone at the table altering vibrational frequencies that transcend just the stomach. Maybe we can get a little bit enlightened, if we are lucky.
When I feel as if my creative energies are low in the kitchen, I am learning to not attempt the pièce de la résistance, but rather embrace simple. Straightforward cooking allows space for the soul work that can happen when we sit with our families and engage. A simple meal can be delicious and give back the gift of time. Fewer dishes, less mess, great flavor maintained, and the opportunity to serve our deepest selves.
Tandoori and yogurt chicken tostadas have become one of those simple go-to’s when I need to eat something delicious, make something easy, and allow myself the freedom to simply be. Recently, I have found myself receiving lovely bursts of creative energy immediately followed by low points of feeling like I have nothing to offer and the imprint I will leave behind will be a small stack of post-it ramblings rather than the epic adventure I have always envisioned. Between the waves and in the lulls, I don’t want to think about what I am going to eat or feed my family. I need it to be mindless. And I refer to my backlog of staples and put the record on repeat for awhile until the tide returns.
Tandoori paste is like a healing balm for my exhausted energies. It is exciting and it’s easy to throw it on just about any protein or vegetable. Although my tandoori tostadas are clearly not the traditional tandoori dish, this recipe is still a fast track to flavor and delight. Few ingredients, little time, and my kids will eat it. Bonus, bonus, bonus.
I hope you give this simple recipe a try. Give yourself a break on making a dinner with eight side dishes and embrace the uncomplicated with tandoori chicken tostadas. Don’t forget that you are beautifully complex but your meals don’t necessarily have to be. No compromise on flavor! Allow yourself the freedom to check in with your soul and see if the deeper hungers are being fed so you can be a happier and healthier you. Cheers, Taste Buds.