Monday, January 31, 2011

Chicken Tikka

“Tikka” translates to pieces in English. This dish is commonly found in India. Traditionally the marinated pieces of chicken are brushed with clarified butter (ghee) and cooked in a clay oven called tandoor. I do with what I have- an electric oven.

2 lb chicken breast cut into cubes
1 cup chopped fresh coriander leaves
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 tablespoon garam masala
5 garlic cloves roughly chopped
2 teaspoon ginger paste
1 cup thick plain yogurt
2 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt to taste

In a food processor blend the fresh coriander leaves, paprika, chili powder, garam masala, garlic cloves and ginger paste into a rough paste. Mix the paste with the yogurt, lemon juice, salt and marinate overnight in the refrigerator. If unable to marinate overnight, marinate for at least 4 hours.
Grill the meat till it’s well cooked or pre heat oven to 400F. Place the meat in metal skewers on a baking dish and bake for 15-20 minutes or till well done. Turn the meat half way, and if needed brush olive oil on the meat after turning it over.

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