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    Cook this: Tandoori Chicken!

    My whole family loves Indian cuisine. There's a classic Indian dish both of my kids really love and I can't recall ever seeing anyone post it here.


    Tandori Chicken


    Since a traditional Tandoor oven uses charcoal and high heat to impart a slight smoky flavor, a pellet-fired grill should work really well.


    So, who wants to give it a try? C'mon... don't be Tandoori Chicken!
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    I made tandorri chicken a few years back and as I remember trying to find all the spices is near impossible. Not promising anything but let me check my local markets. A lot more spices are available these days.
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    I made this a while back... You can make some really nice tandoori chicken on the MAK. Here is the recipe:

    Tandoori chicken

    4 cloves
    1 bay leaf
    7 cardamom pods
    2 tablespoons each cumin and coriander seeds
    1 teaspoon peppercorns
    half a stick cinnamon
    1-2 garlic gloves
    fresh ginger
    1-2 deseeded hot green or red chilies per chicken.
    Lemon and lime
    Plain yogurt
    Whole chicken
    Red food color

    More or less you add all of the spices to the yogurt (a spice grinder works well here), let the chicken soak in the yogurt for a few hours, not too long as it will turn the chicken to mush. I cooked mine at 275 for about an hour then kicked up to 400 to get a bit of a char on the outside. Here are some pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoDakSmokerGolfer View Post
    I made this a while back... You can make some really nice tandoori chicken on the MAK. Here is the recipe:

    Tandoori chicken

    4 cloves
    1 bay leaf
    7 cardamom pods
    2 tablespoons each cumin and coriander seeds
    1 teaspoon peppercorns
    half a stick cinnamon
    1-2 garlic gloves
    fresh ginger
    1-2 deseeded hot green or red chilies per chicken.
    Lemon and lime
    Plain yogurt
    Whole chicken
    Red food color

    More or less you add all of the spices to the yogurt (a spice grinder works well here), let the chicken soak in the yogurt for a few hours, not too long as it will turn the chicken to mush. I cooked mine at 275 for about an hour then kicked up to 400 to get a bit of a char on the outside. Here are some pics

    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1365724744.923984.jpg
    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1365724802.895631.jpg
    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1365724829.850272.jpg
    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1365724865.290974.jpg
    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1365724892.427271.jpg
    Yep..thats how I remember it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RickB View Post
    I made tandorri chicken a few years back and as I remember trying to find all the spices is near impossible.
    Great point, Rick!

    For those unfamiliar with Indian cooking, some recipes might call for spices which are unfamiliar to you. Here's a couple of hints:

    First, you do NOT have to go out hunting for the spices and spend a lot of money. Some are simply called by other names and you probably already have spices in your cupboard that will work just fine!

    Ghee - is clarified butter.

    Garam Masala Is a ground spice mix typically consisting of Pepper, Cloves, Cinnamon, Cumin & Cardamom. You can usually find it with the spices in your grocery store. There are hundreds of recipes on the web for it.

    An easy substitute: Equal parts ground Allspice & regular store-bought Chili Powder (which contains Cumin).


    Jeera or Shah Jeera - Cumin Seeds

    Cardamom - Substitute with 1/2 the amount of nutmeg.

    Red "Kashmiri" Chili Powder Sometimes called Degi Mirch - it's a fairly mild, bright red chili powder (rating only about 2000 scoville units). It's nowhere near as hot as Cayenne (50,000 S.U.) and is often used more for color than for heat.

    Easy substitute: Mix 4 TBS Red Paprika + 1/2 tsp ground Cayenne Pepper.


    Ginger Paste/Garlic Paste - Exactly what it sounds like. It's just garlic and/or ginger ground into a paste. I often just mix equal amounts of Garlic & Ginger powder and a bit of water into a paste, and it works fine.


    Kasuri Methi = Fenugreek Leaves - A mildly bitter herb that tastes & smells like Maple.

    Substitute: A bit of Maple Flavor or Maple syrup, or 1/2 the amount of ground Fennel seeds (which is also common to Indian Cuisine).


    Red or Green Chilies - Most typically in the U.S. you'd use Serrano or Tai chilies. Red Cayenne (dried or fresh) are also used and jalapenos are fine if that's what's available.


    Hope this helps!

    Cliff
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoDakSmokerGolfer View Post
    I made this a while back... You can make some really nice tandoori chicken on the MAK.

    YUM!!! I don't see that listed in the gallery, so I'm glad it got posted here.

    Killer job on that!
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    I have wanted to do MAK tandoori chicken!
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    what kind of chilis exactly?

    REd and green can be pretty vague. Thanks.
    dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by dnpina View Post
    what kind of chilis exactly?

    REd and green can be pretty vague. Thanks.
    dan
    Yes, that is a good point. Many Indian recipes are vaugue on stuff like that.

    Typically in the U.S. Serrano or green Tai chilis are used in Indian cooking. Red Cayenne chilis (fresh and dried) are also often used. Jalapenos are fine if that's what's available.
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