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Holi Special-Indian Tandoori Chicken

What is my Indian Kids favourite food? Tandoori Chicken!
A perfect Tandoori Chicken is charred crispyIndia. 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 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 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.

A perfect Tandoori Chicken is charred crispy

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.

Comments (19)

Loreto Nardelli Posted on Feb 24, 2017

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! Loreto@SugarLoveSpices

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Clair Kelly Posted on Mar 29, 2016

Oh this looks delicious! I miss Indian food so much, I will try some of your recipes so it feels like I am back :)


Desirée Freile Crowley Posted on Mar 28, 2016

WOW I love Indian food and this looks soooo good. Thanks for sharing! Desi


mutange12 Posted on Mar 23, 2016

Yummy!! Thanks for sharing. Will try fo prepare this easter.


Ana De Jesus Posted on Mar 23, 2016

When I think of India I think of TAJ Mahal and spicy curries! Indian cuisine is my favourite.


Pranshu Nigam Posted on Mar 23, 2016

I am a big fan of Tandoori Chicken. But we have never made it at home, seems like this is the time!

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Mr Tom James Posted on Mar 22, 2016

Such a simple and easy recipe and look what it creates, looks perfect very yummy!

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Joanna Posted on Mar 22, 2016

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.

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bmobshelldrawer Posted on Mar 22, 2016

Tandoori is a huge recipe to me, I would probably fail and feel bad about it hah! but recently I ate a tandori pizza so yeah :) GIG |


Kerry O'Byrne Posted on Mar 22, 2016

This looks delicious!! I love tandoori chicken, thank you so much for sharing :)


RashmiChalukya Posted on Mar 22, 2016

Sounds delicious.. Gonna try it out soon. Thanks for sharing!


Marzena Dreammerin Posted on Mar 22, 2016

I haven't heard about this before. It sounds really great!


Alex Posted on Mar 22, 2016

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!


ratishagoyal Posted on Mar 22, 2016

Drooling and loving it!! You have made it much simpler and tastier. Definitely I m going to try your way next!


Kimberly Posted on Mar 22, 2016

LOVE Tandori Chicken, this recipe sounds fantastic, I will need to save it for later! Yum!


Leah Miller Posted on Mar 22, 2016

I love tandori chicken, but I have never made it myself. I am going to save this post for later to try. Thanks for sharing! xx


The Logonauts (@thelogonauts) Posted on Mar 18, 2016

Sounds delicious! Tandoori chicken is always something I've been intimidated by, but this seems doable, thanks! #MKBKids


I am Vagabond Posted on Mar 17, 2016

Looks like a neat recipe. I should try this some day. Thanks for sharing


Brittany Posted on Mar 15, 2016

Yum! Thanks for sharing!


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