Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tandoori Chicken

Honestly guys, if you thinking that you can't make tandoori chicken at home because you don't own a tandoor oven, you are definitely outrightly wrong (Grilled Chicken Wings). Who told you so or you yourself have concluded? Ask me and I will tell you that you can bake tandoori chicken in your oven, (Baked Lemon Chicken) or grill over a BBQ pit, and for those of you can't possibly do both, you can use the portable over the stove grill. Yes you can. I know what I am saying. In fact, I initially thought I will use the grill, then again, unless you cut chicken to small pieces, most probably you will be spending much time in being concern if tandoori chicken is cooked inside, of course, the outside char won't be an issue. Alright, so much for the cooking technic (Moroccan Chicken Stew & Chilli Chicken), can we get down to the recipe. Sure.

Can you still recall my Tandoori Fish (Tandoori Salmon) and I must repeat myself again. Fish cooked in tandoori style (Bengali Fish Croquettes) and tandoori style is, if I am not mistaken, originating from Punjab, or better for us to conclude from from India (Chicken Vindaloo, Tofu Manchurian & Egg Vindaloo). Moreover, the role play of spices and yogurt are the profoundness for delicious Tandoori Chicken, though there are without a doubt various types of recipes which may project other ingredients (Cashew Masala Chicken & Chicken Curry). My version, as usual, do I have to say? Easy do and because I didn't have coriander leaves, my garden grown basil leaves came in handy. Tandoori Chicken overall is simply a major delight. Crispy on the outside and beautifully cooked inside, and me pairing Tandoori Chicken alongside Longan Salsa. Salsa? Just slice and toss all the ingredients together (Avocado Dip & Watermelon Salad). That's it. 

For the chicken
4 medium size chicken drumsticks/thighs (or any other part - approximately 150g each)
1 tbsp yogurt
1 tbsp melted butter
1/4 tsp garam masala 
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.


  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!


Toyo Bowl Delights: Supporting Local Taste

In every collaboration at Nava's Zen, I maintain the tradition of treating my collaborator to a meal - a small token of gratitude for th...