Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Chicken Tikka Salad

This recipe is something I wanted to try for longgg time. This is v easy and versatile recipe. This recipes need some pre planning, it cannot be panned out at the last minute and even if it is , then the results will never be the same.
Traditionally a clay oven "tandoor" is used to cook the chicken but you can barbecue it or you can use a oven to cook it or if you do not have a grill, oven or tandoor you can actually cook it on your stove top. You can even get the smoky taste  when you cook it on the stove in a pan. I have a small trick that works to get this taste.

For Tikka:
Chicken , whole800 grams
Red Chili powder
Lemon Juice
Hung curd ****( about 3 tabl spoon)
2 tbl spn garlic paste
2 tbl spn ginger paste
1 tbl spn jeera (cumin) powder
1 t spn garam masala powder
1 t spn chat masala
4 tbl spn Tandoori masala

**** For hung curd. add about 4-5 tbl spn of curd in a cheese cloth and hang it till most of the water has dripped away. You will get a very nice creamy mixture with very less moisture.

Mix all ingredients except chicken. marinate chicken with the marinade. coat it well and refrigerate for about 4 - 6 hours .
Remove from the refrigerator. Either cook it on grill or on pan. If cooking on a pan. apply oil to pan and place on the flame. when the pan is hot, add chicken and cover. cook for 2 minutes. there will be juices released and chicken will cook in its own juice. flip over and cook for some more time. when the chicken is cooked, remove the lid and let it roast . the outer part will be golden and crisp. 
Now for the smoky trick, light a smallest charcoal piece. when it is red hot. put it in a small bowl and add a drop or two of either butter or ghee and place it in the chicken bowl and cover for 5 mins. Do not keep it covered for a long time coz the smokiness will overpower the chicken.

For salad we need the following ingredients:

Lettuce 1 head
1 tomato
1 Persian cucumber
1/2 bell pepper
1/2 onion
1 tbl spoon lemon juice
1 tbl spoon cilantro/ coriander  leaves
Salt as per taste
1 t spn chat masala ( optional )

Mix everything together. Add the chicken pieces. Add some olive oil.

Now sit back and relax.

If you have some chicken left from this, I have another recipe coming up for using up the remaining chicken.
Have a great weekend.



Anonymous said...

love the blog design & fonts! looks like a great spicy chicken salad!
-An Indian Cook in NY

Dr.Sameena Prathap


Yummy and tasty salad...:)Lovely picture too!!:)


Pravs said...

oh wow ! even i have been wanting to try this one. Looks delicious !