Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Tandori Chicken

Ingredients :
4 quarters chicken, skinned , 2 tablespoons lemon juice , 1\3 cup plain yogurt , 1 tablespoon garlic paste , 1 tablespoon ginger paste , 1 teaspoon ground roasted cumin seeds , 1\2 level teaspoon ground cardamom , 1 teaspoon garam masala , 1 teaspoon chili powder , 1 teaspoon salt , 1\2 level teaspoon tandoori coloring , For basting ghee or butter.

Instructions :
1. Prick the chicken all over with a fork and using a sharp knife make diagonal slashes 1/2-inch deep, 1 inch apart on each chicken quarter. Place chicken in a large dish. 2. Add lemon juice and rub into the slashes and all over. Cover and marinate for 1 hour. 3. Mix all the ingredients of the marinade in a small bowl and pour over the chicken pieces and mix, turning and tossing, to coat all the pieces well. 4. Cover and marinate for at least 4 hours at room temperature, or refrigerate overnight, turning several times. Note: Take out the chicken from the refrigerator at least 1 hour before cooking, to bring it at room temperature. * To Roast in the Oven : Preheat oven to 450°F. Place chicken pieces on an extra-large shallow roasting pan, preferably on a wire rack. ( Discard the leftover marinade). Brush chicken pieces with ghee or butter. Set the pan in the middle of the oven. Roast for 25-30 minutes, or until the meat is cooked through, basting and turning occasionally. Transfer to platter and serve. *To Grill Outdoors : Fire the coal well in advance, grill is ready when a layer of white ash forms over the surface of the coal. This is the point, when the coal is at its hottest. Place the grill at least 5 inches away from the heat. Place chicken pieces, over the grill, basting with ghee or butter and cook for 8 minutes, without turning. Basting with ghee or butter, turn and grill the other side for 8 minutes. Continue turning and basting, until chicken is cook through, about 12-15 minutes for each side. Transfer chicken to platter. Decorate with sliced onion and tomato. Serve chicken immediately, and accompanied by Nan and raita.
• Serves 4 people. • Preparation Time: 30 minutes. • Cooking Time: 30 minutes.

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