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Tandoori Chicken Egg style

Well, had a major hankering for some Indian food yesterday. Seeing as the closest good Indian spot is a 30 minute drive from me, I figured I'd give it a rip. Yogurt-marinated chicken thighs and thrown on a 600 degree fire for about 10 minutes total. Saag Paneer and curried Cauliflower and Garbonzo over rice. It was delicious and the fam loved it. It tasted much better than my less than amateur pic conveys.
In the  Hinterlands between Cumming and Gainesville, GA
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  • blukatblukat Posts: 345
    Looks good, did you add anything else to the yogurt for the marinade?
  • Cymbaline65Cymbaline65 Posts: 799
    edited February 2014

    Yes, Blukat. I used Patak's Red Curry concentrate (about 4Tbsp to 1C of yogurt.) and marinade for 8hrs. I'm sure overnight would have been better.. Not truly authentic Tandoori chicken but it was good nonetheless. The Saag was store bought (it's firmer and easier to manage than homemade.) Was it as good as my favorite joint? No. But it was definitely worth the effort. Indian cuisine can be very "fiddly."

     

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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 8,161
    Nicely done! Someone tried a number of the different Tandoori chicken marinades, but I can't remember his handle. I'll see if I can find those threads.

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    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • Looks great! I love Indian food! I'm working on a moose curry for the Salado fest.

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • caliking said:
    Nicely done! Someone tried a number of the different Tandoori chicken marinades, but I can't remember his handle. I'll see if I can find those threads.
    I was hoping you would chime in Caliking. The Saag Paneer was lacking the depth that it does at my fav Indian restaurant but it was still very flavorful. I'm not sure what ingredient or technique would give me that "depth." Maybe a longer cook?
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  • Looks great! I love Indian food! I'm working on a moose curry for the Salado fest.
    Moose curry? That I gotta taste!
    In the  Hinterlands between Cumming and Gainesville, GA
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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 8,161
    If you search the forum, you will get many hits for "tandoori chicken". About a year ago, @Dave_Matthews had a thread going about trying different tandoori chicken spice mixes and marinades:

    I can't see anything to complain about on that plate :) What did you think was lacking in terms of "depth" in your saag paneer? From my own experience (and taste), I have found that I like a darker saag paneer, meaning that the saag has been sauteed for some time until it darkens in color, before adding in the paneer. 

    My usual MO (although SWMBO usually makes this dish these days) is heat up some oil, add the whole spices until they are aromatic, add onion/garlic/ginger and saute well (until the onions start to brown and are cooked), Then add the powdered spices and saute until the oil separates from the mix. Add the spinach and saute until the color darkens and the water from the spinach has evaporated. Add the paneer and cook for a few minutes longer, then you are done. 

    I like to saute the spinach first  until cooked, then puree it for a very smooth texture. Load up on the garlic (but then I love garlic). 

    Of course, cooking in ghee adds instant "depth" :) I don't cook with ghee though. 

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  • I guess the overall flavor profile was not as good as the pros. I can't put my finger on it. I did it just as you outlined, Caliking. Maybe I'll take the ghee route next time. I also pureed the spinach first prior to adding the onion mixture.
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 12,518
    @caliking, why don't you use ghee? It's just butter, clearly.  ;)
  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 8,589
    @caliking, why don't you use ghee? It's just butter, clearly.  ;)
    Allow me to clarify...it's just butter.


    Which came first the chicken or the egg?  I egged the chicken and then I ate his leg. 

  • calikingcaliking Posts: 8,161
    My waistline (already ample) and arteries thank me for not cooking in ghee :). If you exercise, and otherwise eat right (unlike me) then try cooking in a little ghee sometime - its tasty stuff for sure. 


    @caliking, why don't you use ghee? It's just butter, clearly.  ;)
    Allow me to clarify...it's just butter.
    I see what you did there  :ar!

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  • Why not vegetable ghee? Salt? Bad oil?

    I generally make palak paneer and us fresh and frozen spinach. Wrap the frozen in cheesecloth and hang it over a pot or the sink. I cube the paneer and shake it in a bag with rice flour before I saute. It's as good as any restaurant I've visited. I use hing powder too.

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 12,518

    Why not vegetable ghee? Salt? Bad oil?

    I generally make palak paneer and us fresh and frozen spinach. Wrap the frozen in cheesecloth and hang it over a pot or the sink. I cube the paneer and shake it in a bag with rice flour before I saute. It's as good as any restaurant I've visited. I use hing powder too.

    Maybe it's just margarine-ly better.
  • Hing powder LS?
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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 8,161
    Hing = asafoetida. A lovely pungent spice that tastes great in daal too. A little goes a long way.

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    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • I would have said that but I couldn't spell it :(

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • calikingcaliking Posts: 8,161
    Just trying to be helpful. Besides it is much harder to spell than moose :ar!

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  • Good looking meal, I do a lot of Indian cooking in the kitchen - did some butter chicken tonight. Need to try more on the egg,
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 8,161
    Good looking meal, I do a lot of Indian cooking in the kitchen - did some butter chicken tonight. Need to try more on the egg,
    Be nice to LS and maybe he will post pics of some of his Indian cooks. He's done some fine ones on the egg.

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • What? The moose ghosht?

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • calikingcaliking Posts: 8,161
    Why not vegetable ghee? Salt? Bad oil?

    I generally make palak paneer and us fresh and frozen spinach. Wrap the frozen in cheesecloth and hang it over a pot or the sink. I cube the paneer and shake it in a bag with rice flour before I saute. It's as good as any restaurant I've visited. I use hing powder too.
    Are you referring to vanaspati (Dalda)? Its been much demonised in the past as well, sometimes thought to be worse than ghee. Generally used for deep frying, since it makes things crispy in a way that oil can't. It is much cheaper than ghee though, so many eateries in India still use it, but the general public prefers not to. 

     I don't mean to foist my choices on others - we're just not fans of deep fried foods and some other things because of a penchant for obesity and family history of some lifestyle related diseases on both sides. 

    Now,back to our scheduled programming :)

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • legomyeggo said:
    Good looking meal, I do a lot of Indian cooking in the kitchen - did some butter chicken tonight. Need to try more on the egg,

    @legomyeggo: Do you make your Butter Chicken from scratch or use a sauce base (such as Patak’s)? <?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

    @Caliking: Yeah, deep fat frying anything has been severely curtailed in our house. I’m convinced that I should have sautéed the onion mixture longer to deepen the flavor – although my eldest was bummed when there were no Saag Paneer leftovers (SWMBO and I killed them off.)


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