Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Grilled Tandoori Chicken.....Step-by-Step.


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I know that I have become a lazy blogger since summer holidays (for kids) started. Roaming the city with my kids, hanging out with them at Focus Mall, watching movies

.....yes!! I was a bit lazy to blog.....I love spending time with my kids....sometimes we just drive around and have real fun....after watching Urumi (the new hit Malayalam movie) kids wanted to go to Kappad Beach......and we enjoyed the sunset....

................................................and they played in the sand with my brother's kids.

Now back to cooking.....Tandoori Chicken is a popular Indian dish....chicken is marinated in curd (yogurt) and seasoned with tandoori masala....it is hot and spicy....it is traditionally cooked at high temperatures in a tandoor (clay oven) but can also be prepared in a grill pan or even in a barbecue grill...I always prefer home food to restaurant food...with real fresh ingredients.....no preservatives....no bad oil....or too much butter or ghee....so why go to a restaurant when you can make tandoori chicken right in your kitchen...ah!! homemade food is the best!!!....and don't forget to add lots n lots of love into it. :)


I grilled the chicken in my grill pan with just a table spoon of oil....I did not use any store brought masala or red color.


Ingredients:
Chicken: 2 pieces.
Curd: 1/4 cup.
Kashmiri chilly powder: 2 tsp.
Turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp.
Ginger-garlic paste: 1/2 tsp.
Coriander powder: 1 tsp.
Garam masala powder: 1/4 to 1/2 tsp.
Cumin powder: 1/4 tsp.
Kasuri methi: 1/4 tsp (If you have at home go ahead add it if not ...its no big deal....but make sure to buy it next time you shop).
Salt.

Method:
1. Beat the curd lightly with a fork and add chilly powder, turmeric, ginger-garlic paste, coriander, garam masala, cumin powder, kasuri methi, and salt. Mix it nicely and add the chicken into it and rub the marinate into it....keep it overnight in the chicken....the curd acts as a tenderizer and makes the chicken soft.

2. The red color is because I used Kashmiri chilly powder...I did not use any artificial color.

3. Heat the grill pan with a tbsp of oil and gently place the chicken on it.

4. Remember to reduce the flame....it is slow cooking here all through out....close the grill with a lid.....so that the chicken will be cooked nicely.

5. After about 7 to 8 minutes....turn it over to the other side.

6. After about 6 to 7 minutes....it is ready to be served.
Notes:
Serve with lime or sprinkle lime juice over it before serving.
If you have ready made tandoori masala simply mix it with curd and marinate it with chicken.
If you are not that health conscious (as I am) you can definitely add more oil of your choice.
I would recommend you to use Kashmiri chilly powder....if using ordinary chilly powder reduce 1 tsp.

Verdict:
It taste so good and chicken was soft, moist and juicy  inside......a must try one!!!.


36 comments:

  1. wow datsdelicious...i was planning to buy this girdle...less oil consumption u see....and i love the colour of the chicken...perfect

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  2. Look so nice! Must be very Yummy!

    Papacheong
    http://home-cook-dishes-for-family.blogspot.com/

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  3. What a tempting looking grilled chicken tandoori !! Natural colors are anyday better than artificial ones. Fab pics.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  4. I am so happy you posted this...it's one of my hubby's favorites and I've been wanting to make it for him for a while! Yours looks really delicious!

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  5. Nice stepwise and chicken looks real yummy

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  6. Yum yum yum... I am very fond of tandoori chicken and so it hubby... This is a treat for us.. Thanks for the recipe...

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  7. Omg, give me that plate, wat a tempting and mouthwatering tandoori chicken...

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  8. Delicious! Do you think you can send some over?

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  9. I've never seen that done on a grill pan - looks excellent.

    I have a cast-iron grill pan that I'd like to try that on. Worried that it doesn't have a lid, tho.

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  10. Tepting and delicious tandoori chicken

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  11. Wonderful presentation, tempting n looks fabulous..

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  12. wow thanks for the step by step guide! i love indian food, and this is so comprehensive i might even do it tonight!

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  13. deliciously done chicken tandoori
    lovely picture at the beach looks like fun

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  14. Looks so so delicious!!! Perfectly charred too for the tandoor effect!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  15. That looks so delicious ... thanks for sharing!

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  16. Nisa! I too have become a lazy blogger because I want to spend more time with my daughter before she leaves for university! Kids are so great and especially when they still want to do fun things with mommy! I have loved Tandoori chicken since the first time I tasted it and I never knew you could cook it without a clay cooker! I am definitely going to try to make this at home because my daughters both also love it! Thanks so much for sharing this with us on the hearth and soul hop! All the best! Alex

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  17. What a tasty recipe. I found you from the Paisley Passion linky. This looks ideal for casual enertaining. I hope you can take a minute and share over on Momtrends on our linky too!

    http://www.momtrends.com/2011/05/recipe-linky-sweet-treats-with-truvia/

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  18. I just saw another tandoori chicken. Although I have never had it, this looks great and I love that it is grilled. Thanks for linking this with Fat Camp Friday this week! See you next week!

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  19. THANK YOU for this recipe. It is an answer to my prayers. This is one of my favorite things to eat at an Indian buffet. I think I will have the husband make it for me for Mother's Day.

    Found you via: Fun with Food Friday.

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  20. Hi Nisa,
    What a wonderful tutorial for Tandoori Chicken. Your photo's are always awesome and invite me in to try this wonderful recipe. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

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  21. These are some finger licking delicious chicken! :) Can't wait to try the recipe. BTW, what a lovely sunset view at the beach! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

    Amy
    http://utry.it

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  22. This looks delicious! I can't wait until it is warm enough to grill. Thanks for sharing your recipe with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

    BTW, I am your latest follower.

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  23. I am passing on to you the Versatile Blogger award.
    http://www.juiceboxdreams.com/2011/05/award-for-me.html
    Congratulations and great work.
    Kelly at juicebox Dreams

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  24. This looks delicious! I can't wait to try it :)

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  25. Oh wow, this chicken looks so juicy, tender and delicious! I'd love to try it!

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  26. this looks just perfect.....being a hardcore non-veg, its hard to stop myself from staring at them. nice pics and recipe.

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  27. wonderfull presntation

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  28. Chicken looks tender and yummy Could u see my video and if u like it plz comment on it also..Its a contest and love to hear ur comments on my cupcakes.www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aON4BYdQXc

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  29. Hi nisa chechi

    We have met before via twitter. could u pls tell me how to do the same recipe in an oven. as in the temp we have to set etc.

    thanks
    dakshina

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  30. Replies
    1. Hi Denise, Curd is also known as homemade plain yogurt....curd is a must in Indian diet, so most of us make at home....you can get them in Asian stores too....thank you for stopping by...have a lovely and blessed day!!

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  31. Hi Nisa

    Can you suggest me a brand for the grill pan?

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