Apr 14, 2011

Tandoori Chicken

Spicy tandoori chicken
I have a good news and bad news for you..First the Bad News.... My camera is broken.These photos are taken from one of my friends camera..I am not used to that camera so when I finished taking pictures I found that the flash was not on(OH!!!it was very annoying),so the pictures came very dull,So I went and started editing the pictures and unluckily it became a disaster,I forgot to save my old file(which I usually do)..so the pictures ended up like this.OOPS!!!

Now the Good News..I ordered a oven from BigBazaar a couple of weeks ago.And I got it on last Friday.The packing was really good and price is really cheap...and it is a OTG oven...The temperature control is upto 250 degrees.It has rositerri function and timer upto 1 hour....and it is completely worth the money.If anyone wish to buy this please check here.First I made cupcakes in it and it turned out pretty good.Yesterday I made Tandoori Chicken and it cameout perfectly.

Tandoori chicken is traditionally cooked in a tandoor...But we can make a perfect tandoori chicken in a oven also.Since we are cooking chicken in oven,we want the chicken to be so tender so I ended up using baking powder as a meat tenderizer and it worked really well.Try to use thick curd in this recipe so that the marination holds on the chicken well.I used chopped vegetables to line the tray so that the chicken does not stick to the foil and also it comes out more flavourful.I served this with mint chutney and cucumber raita.To find the recipe for mint chutney check here.I will post the recipe for cucumber raita soon.So hope you will try this and let me know what you think.Please leave comments....


Chicken-1 whole chicken cut into 4 pieces
Baking Powder-1 tsp
Vegetables for lining tray(carrots,potato,onion,cauliflower)

For Marination:

Curd-1 ½ cups
Chilli powder-2 tblpsn
Pepper-1 tsp
Cumin powder(jeeraka podi)-1 tsp
Garam masala powder-1 tsp
Coriander powder(malli podi)-1 tblspsn
Chat masala-2 tsp
Kasuri methi leaves-1 tblspn
Red food colouring-1 tsp
Ginger Garlic paste-1 tblspn
Salt to taste
Lemon juice to taste


Clean the chicken and make slashes so that the chicken cooks evenly.Add a tsp of salt,chilli powder,baking powder and mix together.Let it marinate for 15 min.

In a Bowl add Curd and all the ingredients given for marination and mix well.Pour this over the chicken and let it marinate for 2-4 hours.

Preheat the oven to 200 degree for 10 min.Now take a Baking tray and line it with foil,Place all the chopped vegetables as a layer,this forms a kind of vegetable bed.

In a small bowl mix oil and lemon juice and keep this aside.This is the lemony base for the chicken.

Now place the marinated chicken in it and drizzle with a tsp of oil.place this in the center rack of the oven and cook for 20 min.Now turn the chicken and cook for a further 15 min.For every 10 min just apply the lemony base over the chicken so that the chicken does not get dry.

Now set the oven to broil and place the tray on the top rack,grill for 10 min,so that you will get the char marks.

Remove the chicken in a plate and pour all the pan juices along with the vegetables into a kadai and heat it with whatever spices you want..This makes a lovely gravy.

Serve the Tandoori chicken with mint chutney and cucumber raita.


Ur ingrediants

make marinate
Cut slashes in chicken and marinate it with salt,baking powder,lemon juice and chilli powder

Now pour in the second marinate which we prepared...
Lay vegetables in a tray

Arrange the chicken...and bake it in the oven...

Now base it with the lemon juice and oil...

Turn it over and cook on the other side too....

all grilled and done...

What will you do with this...

Heat it in a kadai...

add some water to this..

Serve it with chicken

SERVE with mint chutney and raita


suba said... Best Blogger Tips

If there was a better rating than five stars I would certainly give it to this recipe.
The taste is extremely flavorful,realllllly sooooooo tasty.

rajee said... Best Blogger Tips

the taste is exactly like in indian restaurent. we enjoyed so much.

Sanhita said... Best Blogger Tips

The temp setting that you are talking about... its 200F, right?

Francesca said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi! Happy to know you and your beautiful blog!!

Biny Anoop said... Best Blogger Tips

wow dear thats fab..i love wat u did with veggies at the ens so there is gravy as well

grEAT said... Best Blogger Tips

never prepared that but i'd like to do. i've eaten itnonce in an indian restaurant in milano and liked it.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi yar, your presentation quiet good and spicy ... Its useful for beginners too that the measurement is accurate ... Your most dishes are healthy ingrediants and avail in kitchen which is invited for most.. Which is not harm health ... I prefer such healthy modern foods .... Thank u

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Shall we prepare tandoori in normal frying pan ?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@AnonymousI think you can make it, heat a frying pan on low heat, add the chicken pieces over it, cover with a lid and cook for 20 mins on low heat, flip over and cook for another 15 mins on low heat. Once the chicken is cooked you can increase the heat and brown the chicken.

Note: This is my idea, i am sure it will taste great,but this is not the traditional way of making tandoori chicken.

kavithars81@yahoo.com said... Best Blogger Tips

I made it in grill mode in my oven with top n bottom grills...result was fab.omitted d coloring n baking powder.what does baking powder serve as hre in tandoori chicken?please reply.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Aarthi, your recipes turn out very well. And what makes it more interesting is the write up and pictorial tour. Way to go lady!

Aasia Rahman

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@kavithars81@yahoo.comBaking powder will make the chicken more tender and juicy

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

How to use this in grill mode?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@AnonymousJust set the upper rod of the oven and place the tray on the neared adjustable rack.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

At first we should bake it and then in grill mode ,right?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Anonymousyes..first bake then grill

vijitha katneni said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi aarthi,
Lovely blog .. loving it more day by day.
Can u let me one wat is the oven u bought.. even I am also planning to buy :- )

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@vijitha katneniCheck this post

sana fathima said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi.. should we bake with both elements on and fan option

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@sana fathimayes

Sarbjeet said... Best Blogger Tips

hii aarthi....can we make tandoori chicken in electric tandoor???

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Sarbjeeti have never used one of those, but you can give it a try

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

If we are to make this in a frying pan,what do i do with the oil and lemon base?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Anonymousyou can brush it on top of the chicken when it is cooking

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

are these spices for 1kg chicken? I mean
1full chicken for 1kg approx?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Anonymousit is for 1 kg chicken