Thursday, October 24, 2013

Basil Tandoori Chicken With Longan Salsa

Traditionally, tandoori chicken is made in tandoor oven but for most of us, normal oven is good enough. Enough. No need to get excited by buying tandoor oven and then, letting it rot in the kitchen for the next few years. Don't waste money please if you are not going to put tandoor oven to good use. Just be satisfied with either your normal oven, in fact, you don't even need a stylish oven, of course, if you can afford, I shall say nothing further. A normal oven by the way will do all good for baking/grilling this Basil (Basil Tomato Soup & Basil Pepper Crab) Tandoori Chicken (Grilled Mackerel, Baked Rosemary Lemon Chicken & Grilled Tuna Burger) and there's no cooking involved for longan salsa. 

Let us now get to this recipe of the day. Chicken drumsticks (Indian Chicken Stew, Ayam Pongteh & Indian Chicken Curry) marinate alongside yogurt and spice paste, thereafter baked. The other alternative is grilling in an open pit grill, whichever is convenient for you, please don't miss out on this Indian delightful treat (Spicy Crab Parathal, Pulao Rice, Egg Sodhi & Curried Mutton Bone Marrow). Tender to its core and with an awesome outer crisp (Pan Grilled Salmon) tandoori chicken, accompanied with refreshing longan salsa (Watermelon Mint Salad, Avocado Mint DipTomato Chutney). 

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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