- Start by making a small cut in the thickest part of each drumstick - this will help them cook through evenly
- Place the drumsticks in a bowl, add all the above ingredients to the drumsticks and mix well. Leave to marinate for a couple of hours minimum, or even better overnight for the marinade to be absorbed by the chicken.
- Pre heat your oven to 200c, place the chicken in a roasting tray or oven proof dish. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Half way through the cooking time, remove the foil, and turn each of the drumsticks over.
- Bake uncovered for the last half until the chicken crisps up a little . The chicken is ready when it has a charcoal like appearance and the juices run clear from the thickest part of the drumsticks
- Serve garnished with wedges of lemon and fresh chopped coriander
Wednesday, 22 January 2014
Tandoori - not cooked in a tandoor - Roast Chicken
This is one of those recipes that sounds so much harder than it actually is .. Probably due to the 'tandoor' part of the name.. a tandoor is a clay pot or oven that meat or even breads are cooked in, over charcoal. As the fat from the meat drips on to the hot coals, the embers flare up onto the meat giving the meat a distinct charcoal taste & appearance. It's basically the equivalent of the much loved barbecue
Tandoori's are used in a lot of Indian & Asian restaraunts to this day, but obviously in home cooking it's the oven that takes centre stage for preparing large meals, and it's just as good for this recipe too. You can always get the barbecue out on a day when the sun decides to make a rare appearance then you're even closer to getting the authentic tandoor taste.
To serve 5 people you will need
10 drumsticks - skin removed
1/2 of 454g tub natural yoghurt
zest of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
1/2 tsp carom seeds (optional)
6 tbsp oil
14 tbsp tandoori masala* (powder)
lemon wedges & fresh coriander to garnish
*Tandoori Masala is a red coloured powder mixed with other Indian herbs & spices that gives the chicken its well loved red colour. It's now widely available in most big name supermarkets too as well as any Indian & Asian grocery store*