How to make Tandoori Chicken?

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Sharing with you my recipe for Tandoori Chicken ( a shortcut way and from scratch)

Ingredients and Method:

If using a shortcut, simply prepare the marinade by mixing yogurt along with tandoori masala ( usually 1/2 tbsp in 3-4 tbsp yogurt for 1/2 kg chicken)

From scratch
750 gms of chicken ( We used bone in meat for extra flavour. mostly drumsticks are used for tandoori chicken recipes)
4-6 tbsp yogurt
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp garam masala ( you can substitute this for cumin and coriander powder as well)
Salt per taste ( 1/2 tsp to a tsp)
1 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp Paprika ( I find paprika mild compared to red chilli powder and use it primarily for its color. It gives that nice red tone to the chicken)
if using kashmiri chilli pwd or red chilli pwd, be mindful of how much you add. )

Simply have fun with spices and make it your own version of Tandoori chicken, You can add more spices or adjust them to your liking.

Begin my adding all these spices along with yogurt and ginger garlic paste onto chicken. Rub thoroughly and let chicken marinate for 4-6 hours. Overnight is even better. Then bbq, grill or bake until done. We BBq at 440 F for 10-15 mins ( 5-6 mins on each side). Once nice charcoal marks appear on the chicken and it is no longer pink inside, consider it done. Add a generous squeeze of lemon and enjoy on its own or serve with rice dish of your choice or with a simple salad.

 

How to make Chicken Korma at home?

One for my favourite Indian dishes is Chicken Korma. Recipe for chicken Korma is not that complicated. The other day I was looking at products at my grocery store’s Indian aisle and was shocked to see the amount of additives that go into prepackaged Korma sauces. Seriously, does our body need those extra chemicals? I have outlined a basic chicken Korma recipe below that you can tailor to suit your taste and preference. Enjoy 🙂

Ingredients:

2 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 chopped onion
1 small green chilli (optional)
2 cloves of garlic and 1/2 inch piece of ginger
Salt (per taste)
1 tsp turmeric
1-1/2 tsp red chilli pwd
2 tsp coriander pwd
1 tsp cinnamon pwd
3 green cardamom
2 tbsp shredded coconut (we used fresh) but you can also use dried ones (sweetened or unsweetened.both work well)
1/2 lb of chicken
1/2 cup half and half cream
2 tbsp tomato paste
Optional – Cilantro for garnish

Method:

1. Heat Oil in a pan. In hot oil, add cumin seeds.
2. In spluttering seeds, add onions and green chillies. Quickly mix and add ginger-garlic. ( Can be substituted for ginger-garlic paste)
3. Fry until onions are golden brown. Add chicken and salt. Fry for 3-4 mins.
4. Add turmeric and red chilli pwd. Add green cardamom (split it a bit so that essence is released in the curry), cinnamon and coriander powder.
5. Mix spices well. Add tomato puree and half and half cream.
6. Let everything simmer for 10-15 mins.
7. Add coconut ( for spicier version, add garam masala and black pepper). If curry is too thick, add some water.
8. Garnish with Cilantro leaves before serving and serve over rice or your favourite flatbread. Tastes amazing with Butter Garlic Naan.

 

Pan- Fried Chicken Dinner ( Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas)

Pan fried chicken dinner recipe

Long day at work? Here is a quick and easy weeknight meal idea- Pan-fried chicken dinner with 2 minute onions, red pepper and mushroom sauce. Prepare it and then put your feet up, turn on the TV and enjoy your favourite show while eating this yummy dinner.

Ingredients:

350 gms boneless, skinless chicken thighs
2-3 tbsp oil for cooking
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp black pepper powder

For sauce
1/2 cup onions
1/2 cup red pepper
1 cup mushrooms
1/2 cup evaporated milk
(Rest of the seasoning left after coating chicken)
1/4 tsp salt

Method:
1. Mix flour, garlic salt, curry powder and black pepper together.
2. Coat chicken with this mixture.
3. Heat oil in the pan and fry chicken on one side for 2-3 mins. Once done flip the side and cook the other side.
4. While chicken is cooking, take some of the left over oil and juices from the pan and put in another skillet.
5. Add onions and red pepper and stir-fry for a min. Add salt and mushrooms and fry for 2-3 mins. Once brown, add milk and left over seasoning mixture and bring to a boil.
6. Pour sauce over chicken and serve.

Bhuna Masala Chicken Recipe ( Indian Chicken Drumsticks recipe)

Bhuna Masala Chicken

 

Try this dry (sookha chicken recipe) with Bhuna Masala. Really simple and tasty way to prepare chicken drumsticks in the oven using basic Indian spices.

Ingredients/ Method
600 gms Chicken Drumsticks
1/2 tsp salt, red chilli pwd, Turmeric, Garam masala
1/2 tsp each cumin and coriander seeds
3 tbsp yogurt-plain
1/2 cup chopped onions
2-3 cloves of garlic
1 green chilli
small piece of ginger
2 tbsp oil

– Fry cumin and coriander seeds in hot oil for 30 secs. Add onions, ginger garlic and green chillies along with all other spices except garam masala. Fry for 2-3 mins until golden-brown. Let them cool down and then blend with yogurt and garam masala. Marinade chicken in this paste for an hour then bake at 400 F for 40-45 mins ( check to make sure chicken is no longer pink inside and is fully cooked.. individual oven temps vary so use caution)
Once done garnish with green onions, cilantro or you can even add couple drops of lemon juice. Serve with potatoes or over rice. Enjoy!

 

 

5 must try Butter Chicken Recipes

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Indian Cuisine is often associated with Butter Chicken and Naan and why not it’s such a delicious dish. Pair succulent and flavorful Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice or Indian flatbread called Naan, eat it for lunch or dinner, prepare it for friends and family during special occasions or simply indulge yourself. It’s one dish that is loved by all and is evergreen. Yes, you heard me right..no matter what the season, Butter chicken is evergreen. I am not surprised when restaurant owners tell me that it’s one of the best selling dish on their restaurant’s menu.

Whether you are settled in U.K or another part of Europe, India, Australia or North America, I am sure you must have tasted Butter Chicken atleast once or perhaps would have heard about it. Now if your curiosity is killing you and you want to make this dish in the comfort of your own kitchen then here we present five amazing and must try Butter Chicken recipes. Give them a go and we’re sure that one of these will find a soft spot in your heart forever 🙂

1. Traditional and Authentic Butter chicken Recipe : This classic version of Butter Chicken dish is our family’s favourite.

Ingredients:

Chicken and Marinade:
• 500g boneless chicken, cut into bite-size pieces
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 tsp red chilli powder
• 1 tsp Tandoori Masala
• 0.5 tsp cumin powder
• 0.5 tsp coriander powder
• 4 tbsp yoghurt
• Few drops lemon

Sauce:
• 0.5 cup butter
• 1 tsp cumin seeds
• 1 large onion, chopped
• 4 cloves garlic
• 1 tbsp chopped ginger
• 2 large tomatoes, quartered
• 3 tbsp vegetable oil (approximated)

Finishing:
• 2 bay leaves
• 2 green cardamom pods
• 3 cloves
• 1 tbsp tomato paste
• 1 — 1.5 tsp salt
• 0.5 tsp Haldi (turmeric powder)
• 0.5 tsp red chilli powder
• 0.5 tsp Amchur (mango powder)
• 1 tsp brown sugar
• 0.5 tsp ground cinnamon
• 0.5 cup whipping cream
• A pinch of Kasoori Methi (ground fenugreek leaves)
• 0.5 tsp black pepper
• 0.5 tsp Garam Masala
• Coriander leaves, to garnish

Method:

• Add chicken and marinade ingredients to a bowl and mix well until all ingredients are well-combined
• Cover with cling film and store in fridge for at least an hour (more is better)
• Melt butter in a large saucepan and add cumin seeds and fry for one minute
• Add onion, ginger and garlic then fry until the onion turns golden brown (5-6 minutes)
• Remove onion from butter then puree
• Add tomatoes to the saucepan and sauté for 2-3 minutes
• Remove sautéed tomatoes and puree
• Add vegetable oil to saucepan and turn to high heat
• When hot, add bay leaves, cardamom and cloves and fry for one minute
• Add chicken and marinade and fry for 5-6 minutes until it turns white
• Add onion and tomato purees along with tomato paste to the saucepan
• Simmer on low heat until chicken is tender and fully cooked
• Remove whole spices from saucepan
• Add salt, Haldi (turmeric powder), red chilli powder, Amchur (mango powder), brown sugar and ground cinnamon
• Simmer for 15 minutes
• Add whipping cream and simmer for another 5 minutes
• Add Kasoori Methi, Garam Masala and black pepper
• Simmer for another 2 minutes
• Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with Naan or freshly cooked Basmati Rice

2. Restaurant Style Butter Chicken Recipe A quick version of restaurant style Butter Chicken, this recipe can easily be created by home cooks and foodies within no time.

Ingredients:
400 gm boneless chicken
Salt, Red chilli pwd, Black Pepper, Tandoori Masala

For Gravy
Tomato Puree of 3 tomatoes
tbsp Garlic, green chilli
Coriander pwd, cinnamon, garam masala, Kasoori methi ( dried fenugreek leaves)
Whipped cream/half-half
Butter for cooking
Cilantro for garnish

The process of preparing this dish is explained in the video below:

3. Baked Butter Chicken Recipe

Take advantage of your oven and recreate flavorful butter chicken in your kitchen by using some simple everyday ingredients.
For this recipe, you will require:

Ingredients:
2 tbsp Sourcream
1 tbsp melted butter
1 tbsp crushed garlic
1 cup tomato puree (I made my own with fresh tomatoes)
1 tsp Turmeric
0.5 tsp red chiili pwd
1 tsp cumin pwd
0.5 tsp cinnamon
500 gms chicken thighs
Salt ( as per taste)
1 tsp Garam masala
Garnish with Cilantro
Bake for 35 min at 350 F ( until no longer pink). Serve with Basmati rice

4. Super simple, easy and healthier Butter Chicken Recipe : Want a no-fuss simple homemade Butter Chicken, well this is your go to recipe. In this recipe we create a healthier Butter chicken with a few spices. Chicken is first marinated with yogurt, salt, garam masala, tandoori pwd and cinnamon, cooked in the oven and then added in a delicious tomato-onion based gravy.

 

5. How to make Butter Chicken Sauce at home Incase you are a vegetarian and just want to prepare Butter Chicken sauce or want to add other vegetables, paneer or tofu to silky smooth tomato gravy then you are in luck because here is your perfect recipe. Many might argue that butter chicken sauce does not have onions but we would beg to differ and suggest that you can omit onions if you don’t want them but this version is simple amazing.
This flavorful onion and tomato based creamy curry is not only great for making Butter Chicken but is also a perfect sauce for making shahi paneer, malai kofta, chicken curry, veg korma etc. This delicious sauce is rich and delicious, great to be enjoyed with naan or over rice.

Ingredients:
2 small chopped onions
3 tomatoes
4 cloves of garlic
2 inch piece of ginger
Salt per taste
250 ml cream
2 tbsp desi ghee
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
2 green cardamom
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp kasoori methi
1.5 cup of water
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp red chilli pwd
Green chilli (optional if you want to make the sauce spicier)
Cilantro can be used for garnishing

1. Melt 2 tbsp of ghee and add cumin , coriander and green cardamom seeds. Fry for 2 mins.
2. add onions, ginger and garlic and add salt, red chilli pwd and turmeric.
3. Fry for 5 mins and add tomatoes. Cover and cook for 5 more mins.
4. Turn off the heat and let cool down.
5. Transfer mixture into blender. Add water and puree to make smooth gravy.
6. Transfer back to pan and gradually add more water and let simmer for 2-3 mins.
7. Add cream, garam masala and kasoori methi.
8. Now, in the sauce you can add cooked chicken, paneer, koftas or vegetables of your choice and serve.

Desi Chicken Fry Recipe

Chicken Fry recipe

Learn how to make tasty and easy Chicken fry at home. This dish can be enjoyed with Naan, Roti or over rice.

Ingredients:

400 gms Chicken
1 small chopped onion
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp Curry Powder
2 tbsp Lemon juice
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
2 small chopped tomatoes
1 inch piece of ginger
2 cloves of garlic
(above two ingredients can be substituted by using 1 tbsp Ginger- garlic paste)
Cilantro for garnish
2 tbsp oil for cooking
2 bay leaves
1 Cinnamon stick
1 black cardamom
2 cloves

Method:
1. Marinade chicken with Curry powder, 1/2 tsp salt and 2 tbsp lemon juice. Set it aside for 20 mins.
2. Heat oil in a pan and add Bay leaves, Cinnamon, cloves and black cardamom
3. Give spices about 30 secs and add onions, ginger, garlic and 1/2 tsp salt. Saute for 3-4 mins.
5. Ad din chicken pieces. fry until sealed or white form outside. Add in tomatoes and cover and cook for 10-15 mins or until chicken is done.
6. Add in garam masala and cilantro.
Serve with Naan or Rice!

How to make Indian Chicken Kebabs? Reshmi Kabobs Recipe

Reshmi Kebabs

Learn how to make silky smooth, flavorful Kabobs popularly known as Reshmi Kabobs at home. These Kabobs are great as an appetizer as well as can be served with rice, naan or roti to be a complete meal.

Ingredients:

500 gms Chicken pieces
2 tbsp yogurt
1/2 tsp poppy seeds
1 small onion
1 green chilli
2 inch piece of Ginger
2 Garlic cloves
1 tbsp sesame seeds
10-12 Cashews
2 tbsp slivered Almonds
4-5 stalks of Cilantro leaves
1 tbsp lemon juice
Salt per taste

Method: Combine all the ingredients to make a smooth paste. Marinade chicken in the mixture for atleast 30 mins. 4 hours would be good and overnigth would be ideal. Next thread chicken pieces onto skewers and bake them at 425 F for 10-12 mins. Once they are almost done, change the oven settings to broil and just brown them. Alternatively you can broil them and then bake them at 425 F. You can also grill the kabobs, pan-fry them or bbq them. Serve with Rice and Vegetables of your choice.

How to make Baked Chicken Meatballs? Chicken Koftas Recipe

Want to have cocktail style chicken meatballs for your next get together or perhaps, you want to indulge yourself in a spicy but healthy chicken treat? Well, try out these baked chicken meatballs.

Ingredients:

(Easily make 40 small golf size kofta balls)

1 tbsp oil
1/2 cup chopped onion+1 tsp salt+2 tsp garlic pwd
2 lbs ground chicken
2 eggs
3 slices of bread
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup cilantro leaves
2 tbsp Curry pwd
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garam masala
2 tsp Red chilli pwd
1 tsp black pepper pwd
1 tsp cinnamon pwd
2 tbsp lemon juice

Mix all the ingredients and bake koftas for 15 mins at 350 F until fully cooked. Color will change to golden brown.

How to make Chicken Kathi Kabobs at home?

Learn how to make flavorful Chicken Kathi Kabobs. You can serve them as an appetizer, or with rice. They also work great inside a wrap, as a kathi roll or simply roll them up in a roti/paratha and enjoy with mint or tamarind chutney.

Ingredients:

1 lb Extra Lean Ground Chicken
1 cup bread crumbs
1 Egg
1/3 cup onions
2 tsp Ginger-garlic paste
1 tbsp Soy Sauce
Few drops of lemon juice
Salt (per taste)
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tsp Red Chilli Pwd
3 tbsp Oil (1 tbsp Oil goes in the mixture and 2 tbsp for cooking)

Mix all the ingredients and let the mixture stand for 30 mins.
Heat 2 tbsp Oil in the pan and place small amount of meat in sausage like shape on to the pan. Add rest of the mixture on to the pan as well (1 kabob at a time)
Cook kabobs until brown on all sides (4-5 mins/side)
Serve with Mint or Tamarind chutney

The Best Butter Chicken recipe ever

You can simply view the video here: Butter Chicken Rocks!

Ingredients:

Chicken and Marinade:
• 500g boneless chicken, cut into bite-size pieces
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 tsp red chilli powder
• 1 tsp Tandoori Masala
• 0.5 tsp cumin powder
• 0.5 tsp coriander powder
• 4 tbsp yoghurt
• Few drops lemon

Sauce:
• 0.5 cup butter
• 1 tsp cumin seeds
• 1 large onion, chopped
• 4 cloves garlic
• 1 tbsp chopped ginger
• 2 large tomatoes, quartered
• 3 tbsp vegetable oil (approximated)

Finishing:
• 2 bay leaves
• 2 green cardamom pods
• 3 cloves
• 1 tbsp tomato paste
• 1 — 1.5 tsp salt
• 0.5 tsp Haldi (turmeric powder)
• 0.5 tsp red chilli powder
• 0.5 tsp Amchur (mango powder)
• 1 tsp brown sugar
• 0.5 tsp ground cinnamon
• 0.5 cup whipping cream
• A pinch of Kasoori Methi (ground fenugreek leaves)
• 0.5 tsp black pepper
• 0.5 tsp Garam Masala
• Coriander leaves, to garnish

Method:

• Add chicken and marinade ingredients to a bowl and mix well until all ingredients are well-combined
• Cover with cling film and store in fridge for at least an hour (more is better)

• Melt butter in a large saucepan and add cumin seeds and fry for one minute
• Add onion, ginger and garlic then fry until the onion turns golden brown (5-6 minutes)
• Remove onion from butter then puree
• Add tomatoes to the saucepan and sauté for 2-3 minutes
• Remove sautéed tomatoes and puree

• Add vegetable oil to saucepan and turn to high heat
• When hot, add bay leaves, cardamom and cloves and fry for one minute
• Add chicken and marinade and fry for 5-6 minutes until it turns white
• Add onion and tomato purees along with tomato paste to the saucepan
• Simmer on low heat until chicken is tender and fully cooked
• Remove whole spices from saucepan
• Add salt, Haldi (turmeric powder), red chilli powder, Amchur (mango powder), brown sugar and ground cinnamon
• Simmer for 15 minutes
• Add whipping cream and simmer for another 5 minutes
• Add Kasoori Methi, Garam Masala and black pepper
• Simmer for another 2 minutes
• Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with Naan or freshly cooked Basmati Rice

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