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Tandoori Chicken

When it comes to my favorite North Indian recipes there is a long list but topping it would be the spicy roasted tandoori chicken.This is definitely the most loved recipe by all chicken lovers in India.This tandoori chicken  is  not cooked the traditional way but in the oven and to my happy surprise it came out well imparting some of the rich the flavors and taste of traditional Indian cooking. The original recipe I have taken from Sanjeev Kapoor show and have brought a little changes according to taste and to get it roasted in the oven. It tasted delicious but I was a bit sad that the beautiful gashes are not visible:(


Chicken legs 3 or 6 chicken drumsticks

First marinade
Kashmiri chili powder- 3/4 tsp
Ginger- garlic paste- 1 1/2 tsp
lemon juice-a few drops
salt to taste

Second marinade
Kashmiri Chilly powder - 2 tsp
Coriander powder- 1/2 tsp
Gram flour- 3 tsp
Ginger garlic paste- 1 tsp
Clove- 3-4
Cinnamon- 1 stick
cardamon-  3
nutmeg- a pinch
Fennel seeds- 1/2 tsp
Yogurt (hung) 3/4 cup
Mustard powder- 3/4 tsp
Kasoori methi powder- 1/3tsp
Oil 3-4 tsp

Give two or three slits on the  chicken pieces till close to the bone. Mix the ingredients listed in marinade one and set aside for half an hour.
Heat 2 tsp of oil and add gram flour and roast it in a slow flame for about a minute till you get a nice flavor. (You can also add a pinch of ajwain seed- I did have so did not add) Be very careful as it has a tendency to burn. The best way is to bring the pan to heat and then off heat and then again to heat and whisking continuously.Allow this to cool a bit. 
Dry roast garam masala and make it into a fine powder.Mix all ingredients listed in the second marinade (except oil) along with the gram flour paste and coat the chicken with it.Finally add the oil on top.Leave it in refrigerator for at least four to five hours. Preheat oven to 450 degree F and place it on a greased baking tray. Cook for 10 minutes and then turn around and cook for another 10  minutes. Bast with the juices in between so that it does not get dry. For the next ten minutes reduce to 250 degree F.Take out of the oven and allow to cool a bit before serving.

Try this...
Hope you will all enjoy


  1. Woowww am drooling here..cant take my eyes from click..Suja regarding ur q'n about crackers, u can use those mashed potatoes dear..

  2. missed u too dearie....tandoori fav fav fav....looks truly lipsmacking....awesome click..betn u moved fron NJ

  3. O O O Wow !!!!! Thatz one perfect tandoori chicken...U r killing me dear... Pass it on here..

  4. Luks super perfect. Love your version of it. Droolzzzz

  5. looks yummy your home-made tandoori masala...

  6. wow....adipoli tandoori chicken...sherikkum kothipichu tto...ugran photography...can't take my eyes from the click....

  7. Adipoli..sherikum kothiyavunu.ithu njan undakkai, ente versionum same annu, pakshe njan instead of fennel seeds njan ajwain seedsannu use cheyyuthu undan nalla njan post cheyyamtto..he he :)

  8. Amazing chechi..epol mandalam aya kondu Non veg kazhikanilla, athonnu kazhyatte ethokke undkaki thatununde tto...

  9. Suja,I thought you had used bread crumbs for that crusty look,but when I read the ingredients I knew it was the gram flour,that is so intelligent.And don't feel bad about the gashes ,I watched closely and could see them :) The pictures are stunning ,these drumsticks look SEXY kidding I want to eat them now..hahaha

  10. Craving for some chicken right now...looks super yum

  11. wow.looks so so tempting. want to try for weekend. thanks for the wonderful recipe dear.

  12. Wow looks like how they make in the restaurant..chicken lovers will definitely grab it all!

    US Masala

  13. me too craving for chicken fry :(

  14. Yummy tandoori chicken,looks flavorful and lovely.

  15. Wow! Tandoori chicken looks super yum! i would like to have it right now...

  16. Wow...this is one of my favorites...making me feel hungry already.

  17. tandoori chicken looks wonderful dear ...i too missed u n ur wonderful creations dear

  18. hi dear... i too did this last week.... will be posting it soon.... ur version looks so delicious.....


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  19. Irresistible chicken tandoori !!! Love the crunchiness in the pics..Superb dear

    Hamaree Rasoi

  20. Mouth watering tandoor suja..i will try besan flour

  21. Suja, I've something for u dear...PLease check out my blog for that

  22. Suja, Lovely photo looks lip smacking:)

  23. Awesome...wanna grab a leg, hehe...

  24. yummy...yummy....looks so perfect & crispy..I loved it..:)

  25. So mouthwatering and perfect! Pass me that plate please..

  26. this is so mouth watering chicken,,,yumm

  27. Suja,
    Exceptionally looks so delicious.
    The marinade is different and like it with mustard powder in it.You know this marinade can be stored if you are making in bulk , provided you do not add dry ingredients like yogurt etc and can be reused to make tandoori paneer or tofu..Just my two cents hope you dont mind adding me here..Hugs and smiles

  28. I'm craving for some

  29. delicious tandoori chicken
    mustard and methi in the marinate never added before

  30. Thanks all for the encouraging comments..
    Thanks Jaya,that's a wonderful idea..I am going to make batches of this masala and store it in fridge..Tandoori paneer sounds great:)

    Thanks Shanavi for sharing with me the lovely award:)

  31. Loved the colour of your tandoori! So irresistible! :D

  32. looks jus perfect n it

  33. Perfect tandoori chicken. I am drooling:)

  34. looking for nice tandoori recipe..omg..this looks hubby loves tandoori...crust looks crunchy n perfect..gonna make this...

  35. chicken looks perfect addition of besan will make the chicken more it ...

  36. Hi suja...
    tried this one yesterday!!it was too good...really delicious ..thanks for sharing this yummy recipe...
    will be posting it soon


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