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Sunday, 30 March 2014

Spicy tandoori chicken

tandoori chicken, chips and raita
We love spicy Tandoori Chicken so decided to have a go at making the spice mix, rather than buying a ready made paste.
We wanted to see if it was worth making our own spice mix, how long it would take and if the results were worth it.
We have quite a lot of spices in the cupboard already - as we like to make our own curry. So why not use them!
Here's what we found:

The flavour was as you would expect with the only real difference being the colour. We're used to bright red tandoori chicken, both home made and in takeaways. I suppose there are lots of different recipe mixes for tandoori, however, the one we used was quite tasty. It's certainly up there with some of the best and it's not difficult to make either! Here's the ingredients:

Tandoori Chicken spice mix
1 teaspoon each of the following ground spices:
1/2 teaspoon of chilli powder or cayenne pepper (more if you like it hot)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large garlic cloves - minced (or use lazy garlic)
thumb sized piece of ginger - grated (or use lazy ginger)
tablespoon of lemon juice
tablespoon of oil
2 tablespoons of yoghurt
Mix all the ingredients together and marinate your chicken for a few hours.

We served ours with a raita - topped with toasted cumin seeds. The cumin seeds add something 'extra' - which we love. Here's our recipe for RAITA - which goes with lots of food e.g. burgers, salads, and really adds something to any dish.
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