Amritsari Tandoori Chicken
- spicy and creamy chicken usually cooked in a tandoor (but this dish can also be baked/grilled)
- Rochelle Gonsalves
- 1-1/4 lbs (.6 kg). chicken pieces
- 2 tbsp (30 ml) cream
- 3/4 tsp (4 ml) black peppercorns
- 1 or more green chilies (hot ones)
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) cardamom
- 3/4 tsp (4 ml) red chili powder
- 1 tsp (5 ml) cloves
- 1-1/2 tsp (7 ml) ginger
- 6 flakes garlic
- pinch of orange-red food colour (optional)
- salt, to taste
- lemon juice
- chopped coriander leaves (optional)
- Make a few slits over the chicken pieces so that the marinade is able to penetrate well.
- Grind the remaining ingredients to a smooth paste.
- Rub this paste over the chicken pieces and keep aside for 1 to 2 hours.
- Transfer the chicken pieces to an oven-proof dish, and bake in a 375 degrees (200 C.) oven for 15 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked.
- Baste with butter in between.
- Serve hot, sprinkling little lemon juice over the chicken.
- Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves (optional).
- After putting the chicken pieces in to bake, if you realize that you have some marinade left, don't throw it away.
- Peel and parboil some potatoes and then dice them.
- Mix these dices with the left-over marinade and deep-fry in hot oil till crisp.
- Serve with the Tandoori chicken.