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Tandoori Chicken
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Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken

Chicken is one of the best option in non-vegetarian list of foods to make starters or appetizers for parties and functions. This is a lip-smacking recipe of tandoori chicken which you can prepare easily in oven, grill, air fryer and also stove tops.

Tandoori chicken is a North Indian recipe, where chicken pieces are marinated with yogurt, lemon juice and spices and is then grilled or roasted until it is cooked properly. The yogurt in marinade helps to keep the chicken pieces soft after grilling. Lemon juice gives a tangy favour to the chicken and the spices helps to increase the aroma of the chicken.

Tandoori chicken were made in tandoors or clay ovens. Since modern houses do not have these facilities, we grill the same chicken in oven or stove top. I had marinated the chicken pieces and grilled them in my oven. The oven I am using is of Philips, which is very convenient for me.

You can use any pieces of chicken. It can be bone in pieces, chicken breast pieces, chicken drumsticks or bone less chicken pieces. It is upto you to choose the chicken and decide the size of the chicken pieces. If the pieces are bigger, you have to make slits on the pieces using a sharp knife. It is to make the marinade to indulge completely in the chicken pieces.

The chicken pieces needs to be washed and cleaned properly. Then the chicken pieces are marinated and kept to rest for 5 to 6 hours. More the marination time, the chicken pieces will be more juicy and tasty. The time required for grilling the chicken will be more if the pieces are big. So, you need to adjust the time and temperature of your oven accordingly.

Tandoori chickens are best served with mint chutney or mayonnaise. You can prepare both of these accompaniments at your home itself. This is an easy to go recipe of chicken since there is no chopping of onions or tomatoes for the preparation of gravy. Everyone will definitely become love with this recipe once prepared. Do check out this recipe and let me know your valuable feedback.

Ingredients :

  1. Chicken, cut into small pieces – 300 g
  2. Ginger garlic paste – 1 tablespoon
  3. Yogurt – 3 tablespoon
  4. Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  5. Kashmiri chilli powder – 1 teaspoon
  6. Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
  7. Pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  8. Garam masala – 1 teaspoon
  9. Salt – 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp ( depending on your taste )
  10. Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon
  11. Oil – 2 tablespoon

Method of preparation :

  1. Take a large mixing bowl and add yogurt.
  2. Then add ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, kashmiri chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala, pepper powder and salt to it.
  3. Now add 1 tablespoon of oil and lemon juice.
  4. Mix well everything and make a marinade which is thicker in consistency. Taste the marinade and add more salt and pepper if required as per your taste.
  5. Add chicken pieces to the bowl. Marinate the chicken pieces such that the marinade completely covers the chicken pieces.
  6. Allow the marinated chicken pieces to rest for 5 to 6 hours.
  7. After 5 hours, preheat the oven for 10 minutes at 220°C.
  8. Place the chicken pieces on a foil over the tray or place the chicken pieces on sticks over the tray.
  9. Brush the tray with one tablespoon of oil if you are using the tray directly.
  10. Place the chicken pieces over the tray once the preheating is done.
  11. Select grill mode in the oven and bake at 220°C for 45 minutes.
  12. After 30 minutes, turn the chicken pieces to the opposite side.
  13. Bake again for 15 minutes or until the chicken pieces are cooked completely. The cooking time depends on 3 factors, size of the chicken pieces, time and temperature of your oven.
  14. If the pieces are bigger, you have to grill the chicken pieces for 1 hour or above.
  15. Take out the tray and place a small bowl of burnt charcoal in the centre of tray for a smoky effect. Make sure you cover the tray with a foil or large bowl. Keep it undisturbed for 10 to 15 minutes
  16. Tandoori chicken is ready to serve.
  17. You can serve this hot chicken with mint chutney or homemade mayonnaise.
Tandoori chicken in oven
Cheese Garlic Bread

Cheese Garlic Bread

Cheese Garlic Bread

This recipe helps you to prepare a soft and fluffy garlic bread which is flavored with garlic and mixed herbs and filled completely with cheese. Cheese Garlic Bread can be easily prepared with minimum ingredients at your home. The recipe is too simple.

How about having a warm slice of Cheese Garlic Bread straight out from oven in a cold weather. Sounds amazing right ? You can use tomato ketchup or mayonnaise as dips. Cheese Garlic Bread is a good accompaniment for pastas and soups.

This is a versatile recipe and you can use any kind of melting cheese. I had taken mozzarella cheese here. The amount of cheese and butter can be adjusted as per your taste. If you like the taste of butter and needs your bread to be more cheesy, feel free to add extra melting cheese.

Adding coriander leaves to the melted butter along with garlic pieces provides a good freshness to our Cheese Garlic Bread. Cheese also provides a good flavour to our recipe. If you prefer the Cheese Garlic Bread with that delicious cheesy stretch when you pick each slice, then you need to take mozzarella cheese or cheddar cheese. You can grate them freshly at your home.

Most importantly, you have to check whether the yeast is good or not. If the yeast is not getting activated initially with sugar and warm water, you should change your yeast. Else, the flour would not rise. Kneading of dough for a longer time to make it soft makes our bread fluffy. So, more the time you spend on kneeding the dough, more softer will be our garlic bread.

Kneeded dough must be kept to rest for 2 to 3 hours. By this time our dough will double the size. Kneed the dough once again to remove the air pocket inside the dough. Add some extra flour and kneed the dough. Then roll the dough into oval shape. Fill the garlic butter mix and fold the bread. Garnish with mixed herbs and chilli flakes and bake the bread for 15 minutes at 180°C.

Serve this Cheesy Garlic delicious soft bread with mayonnaise or tomato ketchup. Enjoy this beautiful weather with this Cheesy snack !

Ingredients :

1. Proof Yeast

  • Lukewarm water – 1/3 cup
  • Sugar – 1 tablespoon
  • Yeast – 1 teaspoon

2. Making Dough

  • All purpose flour – 1 cup
  • Salt – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Milk powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Oil – 1 tablespoon

3. For garlic butter filling

  • Melted butter – 1/4 cup
  • Chopped garlic – 3 cloves
  • Coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon
  • Grated mozzarella cheese – 3 tablespoon
  • Oregano – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Chilli flakes – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Mixed herbs – 1/4 teaspoon

4. To garnish

  • Oregano – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Chilli flakes – 1/4 teaspoon

Method of preparation :

1. Preparing dough

  • In a large mixing bowl, add yeast, warm water and sugar.
  • Allow it to rest for 5 minutes, we can see that the yeast had activated.
  • Then add all purpose flour, milk powder, and salt to the bowl.
  • Knead the garlic bread dough for 5 minutes till the dough becomes softer.
  • Now coat the dough with oil and cover the bowl using a lid.
  • Keep it undisturbed for 2 to 3 hours in a warm place.

2. Preparing garlic bread

  • After 2 hours, we can see that the dough has risen and the size has doubled
  • Punch the dough to remove the excess air from it.
  • Dust a little all purpose flour over the dough and knead once again.
  • Tuck the dough to a ball shape.
  • Using a roller pin, roll the dough ball into oval shape.

3. Preparing garlic butter filling :

  • In a mixing bowl add chopped garlic, melted butter and coriander leaves.
  • Then gently spread this garlic butter mix over the oval shaped dough.
  • Now add mozzarella cheese on half of the oval portion.
  • Add oregano, chilli flakes and mixed herbs over the cheese.
  • Fold this oval dough and seal the edges tightly using water.
  • Transfer the bread to a baking tray lined with butter paper.
  • Spread the garlic butter mix on the top of the bread.
  • Garnish it with mixed herbs and chilli flakes.
  • Make cut marks over the bread using a knife, starting from one end to another and divide equally.
  • Place the baking tray in a preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes at 180°C or till the top reaches golden brown in colour.
  • Serve this hot garlic bread with ketchup.
Cheese Garlic Bread
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