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Holi Special-Indian Tandoori Chicken

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India. What is the first image that comes to your mind when you hear India? I hope not snake charmers or scientists. Because India has so much more for you and your kids to discover. We speak multiple languages in KetchupMoms, Tandoori Chicken, Indian recipes, Holi, Kidsfood,India, our attire is even more colourful than our festivals. And we have a festival every 15 days, or so it seems. Holi is fast approaching and the entire country will turn into a pool of water, colours and fun. And if there is a festival there has to be food – idli, puchka, biryani, thepla, gujjia, gushtaba and so much more to eat and relish. But the one dish that entire India loves and kids especially love to lap up is Tandoori Chicken.

If you have been following me, you know I have twins who are not very easy to please. One is a fruity(fruit lover) and the other has the taste buds of ants. But the one thing that makes way to their plate and quickly to their stomach is Tandoori Chicken. And I love that because this is the easiest dish to make. So here is my Holi menu – Tandoori Chicken, Thandai and Ulta Halwa. And yes you can have a Holi party in your part of the world with these Home-made Holi Colours.

Tandoori Chicken

A perfect Tandoori Chicken is charred crispy on the outside and soft and succulent inside. For Kids just remember to avoid the red chillies or green chillies. And most importantly try and marinade the Chicken for at least 8-10 hours or overnight.

Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken


    First marinade:
  • Lime Juice- 1 tbsp
  • Chicken (Biryani cut) - 1 kg
  • Ginger and Garlic paste - 3 tbsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
    Second Marinade
  • Hung curd or extra thick curd - 4 tbsp
  • Mustard Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Roasted Cumin (just dry roast cumin seeds in a pan for fresh flavour) - 2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 2-3 tsp or to taste (if u like it extra spicy you can also add green chilli paste)
  • Turmeric - 1 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp
  • Kasuri Methi (optional) - 2 tsp


    First Marinade:
  1. Make deep scores gashes with a knife, on both sides of the Chicken Pieces
  2. Rub the ginger and garlic paste, salt and lime juice thoroughly on the chicken pieces and inside the scores gashes and leave it in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
    Second Marinade
  1. Mix all the marinade ingredients together and apply this second marinate to the chicken and marinate it for another 8-10 hours or overnight. I usually mostly marinate it one evening and cook it next evening.
  2. Ready to Cook:
  3. Preheat the oven and set the temperature to 250 c and place a foil paper slightly greased with oil in the baking tray.
  4. Slightly squeeze out the curd from chicken pieces and place it on the tray and straight into the oven. Bake it for 15mins and then change the sides. Bake for another 15mins or until the skin looks charred and is cooked through.
  5. Place the chicken in a plate and sprinkle Chat masala on it and serve hot with raw onion rings.


As you know this is part of my festival cooking for Holi, I am going to serve it with home-made Thandai and delicious Indian dessert called Ulta Halwa.


What is your favourite Indian dish or festival cooking menu? We would love to hear from you.

About Charu Chhitwal

Writer and founder of KetchupMoms, I am an ex-advertising professional trying to find humour in losing my sanity to my twins. I like to find a story or weave it. Imagine a bus stop in love with a bus, yes even stories that sound this bizarre. I love traveling, food, books, movies, photography and writing.

23 thoughts on “Holi Special-Indian Tandoori Chicken

  1. India has always been close to my heart. At times I feel I had a past life there and only happy thoughts accompany that feeling. Your Tandori Chicken makes my mouth water. Love the spices and plenty of marination. A great way to awaken the taste buds inside all of us. Don’t get me started on the colors of India. All I can say is amazing and vibrant.
    Have a great day!

  2. I have actually made this recipe recently. A friend of mine from India gave me an original pack of spices for Tandoori Chicken. It came out really good, but I forgot to add the chilly. It was still delicious though.

  3. Yum! I’m always looking for more “vetted” ways to do Indian food in my home without having to rely on all those processed and pre-packaged Indian items to complete my meal. Thanks for this!

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