Thursday, October 24, 2013

Basil Tandoori Chicken With Longan Salsa

Traditionally tandoori chicken is made in tandoor oven but for the most of us, the normal oven is good enough. Of course if you use the clay oven often, its a good investment. Otherwise a waste of money buying and cramping up the kitchen. In fact I've bought a couple of kitchen equipments which I probably used once or twice and then lying around collecting dust. 

Wiser I am now to make do with the electric oven especially for traditional dishes. Take for example this tandoori chicken. Oven it was after marinating the drumsticks with yoghurt and spice paste. The other alternative is grilling in an open pit grill. Whichever but surely tandoori chicken tender to its core is heavenly with the refreshing longan salsa.  

For the chicken
4 medium size chicken drumsticks/thighs (or any other part - approximately 150g each)
1 tbsp yoghurt
1 tbsp melted butter
1/2 tsp garam masala or mixed spice powder
1 tbsp plain chilli powder
2-3 sprigs basil leaves - shredded (can be replaced with coriander leaves)
Salt to taste
For the salsa
1 cup canned longan - drain off the juice
1/4 inch ginger - chopped
1 red chilli - chopped
1-2 sprigs coriander leaves - chopped/shredded
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
Salt to taste
** Toss all together
Marinated chicken with all the ingredients for at least 3-4 hours.
Place on a baking tray and bake for about 40 minutes or until cooked. 
(Turn the pieces to cook on both sides)
Serve with longan salsa.
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  1. oh man. The tandoori chicken looks so tasty with all the spices.

  2. love the new salsa, nice pair with spicy tandoori. bring it on.

  3. Nvr hrd of the longan salsa.... Wanna try soon... N tempting basil chicken...

  4. Tandoori was my fav when i was a non vegetarian..

  5. Wow, I've never tried tandoori in a conventional oven. These chicken drumsticks look wonderful! And pairing it with longan salsa...what a combination! *Drooling*

  6. Hi Nava, your tandoori look extremely good and great pairing with the longan salsa.
    I need 2 pieces of drumsticks and extra rice please. :))

    Have a wonderful week ahead,regards.

  7. Tandoori chicken looks awesome and very beautifully paired with salsa, delicious...

  8. Wow they are mouthwatering, Thanks for sharing.

  9. You have such a lovely non-veg collections Nava.Its ok if i call u nava ?.You bring out the real flavours..... really.!!!!

  10. Tandori chicken is one my favorite menu in our local Taste of india here ,never thought use longans for the salsa,very creative !

  11. Nava is lychee and longan same ?
    What a lovely pairing of tandoori chicken with salsa I wish I could try some right now.

  12. Tempting tandoori chicken.. Love your salsa..

  13. looks great but i am vegetarian...
    my recent one :

  14. I like it. :)

    Recipe sound simple enough

  15. Wow,
    This looks and sounds so delicious! Got to give this one a try for sure.

  16. looks super good...great dish for chicken lovers...

  17. This is really a unique dish. I wish I could taste it! You must send me some to US >.>

  18. That looks absolutely heavenly and drool worthy!

  19. They look super tempting Nava ! I make them in my oven too....

  20. Wow! You have given such a flavourful twist to the tandoori chicken. I make tandoori chicken whenever I have a large number of guests coming over..mainly for the convenience. And basil is always in my fridge. This salsa is also a pefect accompaniment for the spicy chicken.

  21. Very nice plating, Nava! For an instant, I thought you'd wrapped the longan inside the chicken. Mmmmm....... that may not be such a bad idea too! Hahaha!


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