Tandoori chicken

I love tandoori chicken. Whenever I come across it on a takeaway menu, you get bet your last dollar that I will order it.

I haven’t ever made it at home, seeing as whenever I seem to watch it being made on television they always and I mean ALWAYS use a tandoori oven.

I tried getting my parents to build/buy a tandoori oven for me and they thought I was going mad.

When my dad heard I was making tandoori chicken for lunch, he had a loud opinion from every possible room in the house, including the toilet.

You see, I am Indian and I eat anything the resembles Indian food, no matter which side of the border it comes from, be it South or North Indian food, if it is Indian food then I am going to being moving it towards my mouth in the vain hope of eating it and hopefully enjoying it.

My dad on the other hand, actually not only my dad, most Indian men are very very very territorial when it comes to which side of the border they are from, yes my dad has friends from both side of the border but when it comes to defending and sticking up in a fight, you already know that his going to stick with his click.

Unless of course it is me that needs defending then I am not sure, he always take the other persons side. Apparently I am just too aggressive, what can I say, I am passionate and I hate being wrong and of course if I am wrong I will run to my mother and she will make all the bad go away. Run to my dad and the bad multiplies with reprocussions….lol… lets hope he doesn’t read this post, other I am in the dog box.

Anyway  back to the border, I stand under correction but I think we are South Indians, it is very difficult to tell. I keep asking my parents and they keep telling me, but I keep forgetting.

I know that there are bread people and roti people but don’t ask me which one I fall into, I have no idea besides I eat both bread and roti.

Now tandoori chicken is not a South Indian dish, it is a North Indian dish, which means my dad is going to dislike every single bite of it and remind after every single swallow that he does not like this and when he is finished he is going to sit back and cry like a 5 year old that all he wishes for and begs for is a simple pot of curry.

Again can I help it if all South Indian cookbooks are written in Tamil??? The only Tamil I know is the swear words and the parts that allow me to understand enough gossip to keep me hooked on a conversation.

My grandfather from my mum’s side, his family spoke a different Tamil to the Tamil they speak in our community, they spoke Tamil from Mauritius, which is slightly different to the Tamil they speak here in South Africa, which I keep a secret and when the Indian aunties skinner around me and they think I have no idea what they are saying I throw in a word my Grandfather used and they are shocked…lol if only they knew how much Tamil I really know they would know I am a fake lol.

Back to the food.

I loved it, the sauce was delicious and even my mother said it looked appertizing the only one who had an issue was my dad he says the chicken was a bit dry and not juicy like if I had used it in a curry form… men I tell you, Indian men from the South who are now living in South Africa… I tell you , there is just no pleasing them.

Ingredients for the chicken:

  • 4 x skinless chicken thighs, slashed.
  • 4 x skinless chicken breasts, slashed.
  • ¼ x cup ghee.
  • 1 x tsp ginger powder.
  • 1 x tsp cumin powder.
  • 1 x tsp coriander powder.
  • 1 x tsp paprika.
  • 1 x tsp cayenne pepper.
  • 1 x tsp salt.
  • 2 x tsp garlic grandules.

Ingredients for the sauce:

  • 400g x plain yoghurt.
  • 5 x tbsp. chickpea flour.
  • 35g x ghee, melted.
  • 4 x tbsp. tomatoe paste.
  • 1 x tsp ginger powder.
  • 1 x tsp cumin powder.
  • 1 x tsp coriander powder.
  • 1 x tsp paprika.
  • 1 x tsp cayenne pepper.
  • 1 x tsp salt.
  • 2 x tsp garlic grandules.

Method for the chicken:

  • Massage the ghee all over the chicken pieces.
  • In a bowl, whisk together all the spices.
  • Rub the spices all over the chicken and in the slash marks.
  • Place on a greased baking tray.
  • Pop into a preheated oven and bake at 180 degrees for 15 minutes.
  • Pour over the sauce and pop bake into the oven to cook for a further 30 minutes before serving.

Method for the sauce:

  • Place all the sauce ingredients into a bowl and whisk till nice and smooth and no lumps of flour are visible.

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