My husband came back from India, couple of days back. And unpacking his bags with all the stuff from India was a lot of fun and a whole lot of work. Though he had to pay fifty bucks extra for travelling with extra luggage, but I guess for all the authentic spices and lots of mithai.....its worth it. So I have been busy with all that.
I did not make this recipe for his homecoming (he is a vegetarian), this was made a week back when my brother was here. Again, this was something I made for the first time. Never liked the tandoori chicken that we get here in Indian restaurants. Somehow I feel the chicken to be too dry and without any spices. So I made this the way I like it. spicy, tender and juicy. And trust me it was a treat. Loved it. The marinade had gone right inside the meat, making it soft and juicy.
Here goes the recipe.
You will need
- curd- 1 cup
- kasoori meethi-1/2 tsp
- red chilly powder-1 tsp
- tandoori masala- 1 tbsp (regularly available at any indian grocery store)
- coriander and cumin powder- 1 tbsp
- amchoor powder (dry mango powder)- 1/2 tsp
- oil- 1 tbsp
- ginger and chilly paste- 1 tsp
- grated onions- 1/2 cup
- chicken- 1 pound
You have to
- remove any excess water from the curd. If using home made curd, tie it in a muslin cloth and leave it overnight.
- take teh curd in a bowl.
- mix in the grated onion, ginger chilly paste and the oil into the curd.
- mix in all the other spices, except the tandoori masala.
- add in the chicken,mix everything up. leave it to marinade.
- the longer it sits in the marinade the better. overnight is best.
- preheat the oven to 450, place the chicken pieces in a baking dish.
- pour the extra marinade all over the chicken, sprinkle the tandoori masala.
- cover with a foil, and bake it for half an hour.
- remove foil, turn over the chicken pieces and roast it, till all the marinade dries up, and the chicken is nice and brown on both sides.
- serve with naan, sliced onions, and lemon wedges.
You can grill it in the Barbe-cue.
make it on the stove top, on a griddle.
leftovers make very tasty wraps. just take off the meat, chop it, and add it to a tortilla with lots of salad leaves.
it would taste very good if mixed with cooked rice and sauteed for a few minutes. a quick chicken pulao.
or simply just have it with a bowl of salad.