My mother-in-law, who also lives in Cape Town, is known amongst her friends as a good cook. I love the home cooked soups at Woolworths, and my favourite is their Chicken Tikka Soup. But it has disappeared from their shelves, so I asked my mother-in-law to invent her own version of this glorious soup. My freezer is now stocked with home-made Chicken Tikka soup, thanks to her. And it is better than the bought version. This is her version:
Add 5 litres of water to a pressure cooker.
740g filleted and cubed chicken breasts
1 big onion, chopped and fried
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
500g Country Crop mixed vegetables
10ml parsley, chopped
2 packets cream of chicken soup
1 packet Indian Tandoori Tikka paste (chicken)
10ml hot curry powder
10ml cumin powder
10ml Meat Masala
10ml honeymoon spice
Salt, black pepper and Aromat
Mix all of this together to a paste with hot boiling water.
Mix together step 1 and 2. Cook for 30 minutes. Taste for flavour and adjust if necessary. If it is too hot, add a little water; if it is not hot enough (hot = amount of curry added, not temperature) add more honeymoon spice or Tabasco Sauce.
I must say, the honeymoon spice really puzzled me. What came up with a Google search regarding this spice is not what you could actually add to food! After further investigation, I discovered a packet of this in my own spice drawer. You can buy it from Shop 8, Indian Market, Victoria Street, Durban. It is actually called Honeymoon Peri-Peri.