Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tandoori Chicken

Today I am here to share one of the most loved dish of Indian cuisine "Tandoori chicken". This popular dish consisting of roasted chicken prepared with yogurt and Indian spices. Tandoori chicken is traditionally cooked into a barrel shaped clay oven known as Tandoor.But the best substitute I found is the conventional oven,which gives a great result in cooking this dish.

Ingredients for  Marination
  • Chicken drumsticks - 5
  • Red chilly powder - 1 tbsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp
Ingredients for making Tandoori Masala 
  • Thicken yogurt - 5 tbsp
  • Ginger paste - 1 tsp
  • Garlic - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilly powder - 2 tbsp
  • Garam masala - 1 tsp
  • Tumeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin powder -1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  • Black pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Kasoori Methi (dry fenugreek powder) - 1tsp
  • Salt -1 tsp
  • Lemon juice- 1tsp (optional)
  • Red colour - a pinch (optional)
  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Chaat masala - 1tsp
  • Oil for brushing
  • Onion wedges and lemom wedges- To garnish

  • Wash the chicken drumsticks and dry them using kitchen towels.
  • Using the knife make the cuts on thick flesh of the chicken drumsticks.
  • For marination, take one bowl, add red chilly powder, salt and lemon juice.
  • Mix all the ingredients and make the paste .
  • Apply this paste on the chicken drumsticks and also fill the chicken cuts.
  • Keep the chicken drumsticks aside for about 30 minutes.
  • For tandoori masala,take the another bowl ,add yogurt, ginger paste ,garlic paste ,red chilly powder, garam masala powder ,tumeric powder ,cumin powder ,coriander powder, black pepper powder, crushed kasoori methi,salt and lemon juice.
  • Mix all the ingredients well and make a thick tandoori paste.
  • If using food colour, first dilute the colour into 1 tsp of water and then add into the tandoori masala.
  • Add the marinated chicken drumsticks into the tandoori paste and mix well.
  • Then add 2 tsp of oil and mix well,so that the masala nicely coats the chicken drumsticks.
  • Marinate the chicken drumsticks for about 2 hours. 
  • Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  • Place the chicken drumsticks into the baking tray and bake it for about 30 minutes,
  • After 30 minutes,check the chicken drumsticks and turn it and again bake for about 15 minutes.
  • Parallely heat up the skillet.
  • Then take out the chicken drumsticks from the tray and keep them into the skillet. Fry them on medium flame. Sprinkle some chaat masala.
  • Take them on to the plate and serve hot with onion and lemon wedges.

  • Use the thick yogurt for marination. If you find yogurt is watery,then tie the yogurt into muslin cloth and hang it overnight.
  • Marinating the chicken for longer hours gives a better result.
  • Colour is totally optional.


  1. It looks fantastic, I 've never tried to make it but I think I will! thanks for sharing!

  2. thank you for showing us how to do tandoori using oven!!!!!

  3. My all time favourite.
    Nothing to beat this dish

  4. looks fabulous..very tempting pictures!!

  5. Your recipe looks yummy! I've always wanted to try tandoori chicken but I have never had the opportunity to visit an Indian restaurant. I can't wait to try this! :-)

  6. They are so tempting..spicy and perfectly made...

  7. Thanks for visiting my blog..your blog is looking very nice,perfect and neat presentation....Chicken drumstick looks yummy...mouthwatering..

  8. Thanks for visiting my blog..your blog is simply neat,perfect and nice presentation...chicken drumstick is tempting me...

  9. Just the other day I bought a Tandoori spice mix, will have to try this soon *_*

  10. omg!!!!looks perfectly grilled! have to try this one out!

  11. What a nice delucious, juicy platter of chicken.yyyyyuuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmm.

  12. wow i am drooling.this makes me gungry..awesome