I finally made Chicken Tikka Masala! I used this recipe with a few modifcations. I eliminated the jalapeno pepper and I couldn't find garam masala at the store so I skipped that too. My kids still found it too spicy (should have reduced the amount of Cayanne pepper) but the adults thought it was great! A real stretch for my parents who don't really like this kind of food. They both had second helpings! Wes has tasted his fair share of this dish (after living in Toronto for two years) and he really liked it. He even sported his turban for the occasion!
I took the opportunity to turn it into an educational experience for my kids. We pulled out the globe and found the country of India. I explained how this dish was actually created as an attempt to make Indian food more palatable to the British. And we talked about the several different spices and flavors that were used - and I had the kids smell each one. They got a kick out of it but didn't really enjoy the food. What was I thinking? 2 teaspoons Cayanne pepper? I should have known better!