Saturday, July 7, 2012

Tandoori chicken- made easy

This past weekend, while G was gearing up to watch the Euro 2012, I started fishing in the fridge and pantry to see what I could whip up for lunch. The demand seemed to be a lunch worthy of a football final! Leftover pizza, bread, soup?
Sure! But maybe something more gourmet too?!
The kitchen was clean, the dishes done, fridge, pantry restocked! Check, check, check. A organized kitchen motivates the chef in the sous, for me. Everyday. Everytime.
So stock check done, I decided to marinate the fresh chicken for some tandoori style grilling!
Tandoori Chicken here we come!

What went into it:
3 large chicken breast pieces ( with bone)-cleaned and cut into manageable pieces.
2 cups of yogurt
1 tbspns of cayenne pepper ( red chilli powder)
1 tbspn 'Everest' tandoori powder
1 tspn turmeric powder
1 tbspn ginger- garlic paste
Red food coloring ( optional)
Salt to taste.

Pam for grilling
Lemon slices, onion rings - for serving

How it was made:
In a big bowl, add the yogurt, salt, pepper, tandoori powder, turmeric, ginger garlic paste and food color. Mix . Add the chicken pieces. Marinate in the refrigerator for atleast 3-4 hrs. Longer the better.
Fire up the grill. Layer with aluminum foil. Grease and grill the chicken pieces on both sides until done.
Serve hot with lemon slices and onion rings.

So for our Euro 2012 lunch we grilled the leftover bread into sandwiches, served soup and pizza with the fresh spicy tandoori.
A feast fit for a king! what do you say?

Traditionally this is done in a clay oven called a Tandoor.I have only seen these in authentic restaurants and so have always otherwise seen them done on a grill/oven.
I usually skip the food colour for everyday grilling.
Also in cold weather I grill/bake in the kitchen oven.Although the coal grill renders its own signature taste to it.
You can try variations in the spices. Skip the yogurt and use lemon juice. Use continental spices as much or as little.

Having grown up a pure vegetarian, this was one of the first few non vegetarian dishes I tried and loved.
To date it remains ear marked in my book as a go-to favourite!
Tell me how you do yours.

Until Next time, Bon Appetite.

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