I’m gonna start this off by saying I’m not a big fan of Indian food. Mainly because I don’t like curry. So my personal mission was to find something that didn’t involve curry for our cooking around the world spin. And I did.
But to make it I needed tandori paste. So, we went to our local Indian grocery.
Step 1 in making tandori chicken: go to the Indian Market
We explored the differences between our grocery store and what they have. It’s a fun experience. They have many of the same things, but have a few interesting additions. Namely spices, and specialty items. I highly encourage you to go check out the different cultural grocery stores. I know my area has Mexican, Asian, and Indian. I look forward to seeing what others we have. We’ve now gone to the Asian and Indian markets.
But, we got the items we needed: tandori paste, and I got some more sesame oil. I love to use that for cooking. It’s got a great flavor.
INGREDIENTS: chicken breasts, tandori paste, cucumbers, onion, yogurt
1. Pound the chicken to about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thickness. Princess quite happily helped me pound it flat.Side note, this is a good time to trim off the fat, it wasn’t included in the directions.
Side note, this is a good time to trim off the fat, it wasn’t included in the directions.
2. Measure out 1/4 cup of tandroi paste. Pour into gallon sized Ziploc bag. Measure out 1 cup of plain yogurt.
3. Smush it all together. This was quite popular with Princess.
4. Mince 1/2 onion. Add into the sauce. Then put in chicken breasts and let marinate for several hours.
5. While it’s marinating take about 1 cup of plain yogurt, the cucumber peeled and diced, and 1/4 cup of minced onion together for the sauce.
6. Cook the chicken. You can grill it or cook in oven at 375 for 10 minutes or so.
Serve with pita bread or rice. I was lucky and had a friend make fresh pitas for me (SCORE!).
END RESULT: While they kids enjoyed cooking it, after I tried it, and discovered it was almost too spicy for me. I did not serve it to the kids. I knew that would be a horrible idea. Horrible, horrible idea. So, I can’t give you their opinion. I knew they would not like it.
Have you ever had a recipe you were sure was going to work go so horribly wrong?