16-May-08 (Created: 16-May-08) | More in 'Recipes'

An attempt at making tandoori chicken

I seriously doubt anyone else will make tandoori chicken this way. It is not entirely awful.


Canola Oil
Channa Dal (Dry half indian peas - optional)
Two dry long red peppers whole
1 teaspoon of mustard seeds (optional)
1 teaspoon of cuming (gira) seeds (optional)
1 branch of curry leaves (optional)

half a teaspoon of turmeric (optional)
1 teaspoon of red chilli pepper (optional)
A handful of fresh parsley or cilantro (optional)
1 table spoon Some kind of garlic paste (optional)
1 teaspoon some kind of ginger paste (optional)

2 Onions
1 large green tomato
Tandoori masala or paste

1 to 2 pounds of chicken
dark meet works better
For the benefit of time, I use skinless and boneless chicken from publix

Prepare Chicken

Start with cleaned and cut chicken in a large mixing bowl

Add garlic, ginger, tandoori masala or paste, turmeric, enough salt, red ground pepper and mix it well set aside

Prepare Onions

Cut the 2 onions into small squares

Cut the tomato as well into small squares

Keep them aside

Keep some water on boil for later use

Prepare Oil

In a cooking vessel place 2 or 3 table spoons of canola oil

Turn stove to high

Add two long dried whole chillipeppers

Add channa dal

wait for about 3 minutes until the channa dal turns reddish brown

Add a teaspoon of mustard seeds

Add a teaspoon of cumin seeds

(That should take only about 10 secs as the oil is hot)

Add Onions to the splitting oil

Mix the onions with oil

Let the onions turn reddish brown

Add chicken

Add chicken to the prepared onions

Keep it on high for 3 minutes until the chicken is kind of took the heat

Reduce heat to medium

Put a lid

Cook for 15 minutes

The chicken will give enough water for the first 15 minutes

Mix and add tomatoes

Add tomatoes to chicken

Mix them

Add half a cup of boiling water

mix it

cook for 15 minutes


So far you have cooked for 30 minutes

Add parsley or cilantro (Be generous with Cilantro. It tastes good and takes away the smell of meat)

Open it up mix it and turn heat to medium low

Heat it for another 10 to 15 minutes

How to serve

With rice


With roti