Malaysian Indian Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken

[ Indian BBQ Chicken ]


  • 2 lb chicken leg quarters, skinless
  • 1-2 tbsp ghee [clarified butter]
  • 2-3 drops of red food coloring [optional]
  • 2 lemons, cut into wedges
  • a few sprigs of fresh coriander [cilantro], chopped for garnishing
  • tsp salt
  • tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 2 cups yoghurt
  • cup vinegar
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp garam masala [spice mix]
  • 4 tbsp or to taste chili powder
  • tsp paprika
  • 1 lime, juiced

     [Items in red are to be ground or blended]

        Ingredients for Garam Masala :

  • 4 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 4 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp cardamom seeds
  • 2 cinnamon sticks ,crushed
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp whole cloves
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      To Prepare Garam Masala:

  • Dry roast all ingredients in a heavy skillet over low heat, stirring continuously until spices emit a 'toasty' aroma, about 3 mins
  • Let cool, then using a mortar & pestle or spice mill, grind to a fine powder
  • Store in an airtight jar

       To Prepare Chicken:

  • Using a mortar & pestle or blender, grind coriander seeds, ginger, onion, Garam Masala, chili powder, paprika, yoghurt, vinegar, lime juice, salt and pepper into a smooth paste
  • Add red food coloring, mix well
  • Make shallow cuts on chicken, and coat well with the ground paste
  • Cover, marinate at least 4 hrs - best if marinated 1-2 days in the fridge
  • Preheat oven to 350F, cook chicken until well done, about 35 mins, basting often with the clarified butter [ghee]
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and lemon wedges
  • Serve with bread, Roti or Pita bread

 Cook's Note : 'Garam' is the Indian-Hindi word for warm or hot and 'Masala' is the Indian-Hindi word for spices or spice mixture. There are many variations of Garam Masala - each using different combinations of spices for different types of dishes. The above is a basic Garam Masala recipe for meat dishes.






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