Tandoori Chicken

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Tandoori Chicken

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Ingredients:

1. Chicken pieces with skin – 8 large pieces (2 pieces breast, 2 pieces of thighs, a couple of wings).
2. Oil to baste.

For the marinade:

3. Red chilli paste – 4 tbsp.
4. Ginger and garlic paste – 3 tbsp.
5. Chaat masala – 2 tspn.
6. Oil – 1 tbsp.
7. Curd – 3 tbsp.
8. Salt to taste.
9. Juice of 1/2 lemon.

For the tandoori masala:

10.Cinnamon – 2 sticks.
11.Black peppercorns – 1 tbsp.
12.Green cardamom – 5 pcs.
13.Brown cardamom – 3 pcs.
14.Coriander seeds – 2tspn.
15.Cumin seeds – 2 tspn.
16.Cloves – 3.
17.Bay leaf – 1.
18.Turmeric – 3/4 tspn.

Preparation:

1. Make small gashes in the chicken pieces for the marinade to coat it nicely.

For the marinade:

2. In a bowl add ginger and garlic paste, red chilli paste, chaat masala, tandoori masala, oil, curd, salt and lemon juice. Mix it well.

For the tandoori masala:

3. In a pan dry roast cinnamon, peppercorns, green cardamom, brown cardamom, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cloves, bay leaf and turmeric powder.
4. In a mortar and pestle grind the dry roasted spices into a fine powder.
5. Masala is ready.

Preparaing the chicken tandoori:

6. Rub the marinade on the chicken pieces, over the skin and underneath it. Marinate the chicken pieces for 30 minutes.
7. Char grill the chicken pieces on a griller or tandoor. Baste with oil at regular intervals.
8. Serve with lemon wedges and onion rings,

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