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TANDOORI CHICKEN
(Serves 4)

12 chicken drumsticks and/or breast pieces (skin removed)
1 cup plain yoghurt (pref.) or 2 cups Buttermilk
1 1/2 tbsp red chilli powder
2 tbsp coriander powder or to taste
1 tbsp garlic powder or to taste
1 tbsp ginger powder or to taste
1 tbsp cumin powder or to taste
1/2 tbsp. garam masala powder or to taste

meat tenderizer (optional)
2 tbsp. salt or less

Prick the chicken pieces with a fork all over. apply the tenderizer
to the chicken pieces and let it stand for an hour or so.

Take a wide and deep bowl about 12 2 inches wide and deep enough
to hold all the chicken pieces. Add the yoghurt plus one cup water
or the buttermilk with no water into the bowl. Add all the spices
from nos. 3 thru 8 into the bowl and stir to form a homogeneous
mixture.Now add the chicken pieces into the mixture, so that they
are all covered with the paste/mixture. Cover the bowl with a lid
and let it stand for 6 hours. If you plan to marinade for 12-15
hours, put it in the refrigerator. The more time it is marinated,
the better it will absorb the spices and the tastier it will be.

When you are ready to grill the chicken, apply melted butter to
the the chicken pieces with a brush or spoon all over and you are
ready to grill the chicken on the barbeque in the normal fashion.
turn over the chicken pieces when they look brownish red in color
or darker if you prefer it well done.

Slice finely onion into rings, add some salt and lemon juice to
it, to be served as a salad with the tandoori chicken. lemon juice
sprinkled on the cooked pieces also adds to the flavor , if you
wish.


Notes:

Tandoori in Indian stands for an earthern oven which is sort of
cylindrical and uses coal as the fuel.

This recipe will need a bar-b-que grill as a substitute. It can be
also cooked in a gas or electric oven, but it will lose most of
its flavour. Also, the chicken has to be marinated for atleast 6
hours, ideally 12 hours overnight.

You can prepare garam masala at home by dry grinding to a powder
the following: (20 black pepper corns 0r equivalnet black pepper
powder, 5 cloves, 1 inch cinnamon stick, 4-5 cardamoms, 1 tsp.
cumin powder, 2 bay leaves plus some more stuff I dont know, although
this should be fine )

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