This is something I would maybe call weekend food.
Or project food?
Or fun food? What I mean is, it's simple and delicious but takes a bit of time. Maybe best for a night/day when you aren't racing around trying to pack for a trip that you're totally not prepared for while cleaning the house for the house-sitter and trying to remember 98237 things that need to get done before you leave when really all you want to do is have some dang dinner and go to bed.
That was me last night. Ugh. I'm in a plane right now.
When you do have some time though, maybe an hour or two, you NEED to make this. It is delicious. You remember from when I made madras curry that my dad went to India and brought me some spices? He did. And I read and read and read about tikka masala because I love it so much in restaurants and wanted to make it.
And THEN Jay went out of town and the girls came over for dinner and we drank all the wine (no, really, all of it) and I made this for them. It's such a great family-style meal - so flavorful and comforting and can be made HOURS in advance.