Originating in the Punjab region of India, tandoori murgh is a special chicken dish marinated in yogurt, and seasoned with different spices. What makes tandoori murgh so special is in the way it is cooked. It is traditionally cooked at high temperatures in an earthen oven called a Tandoor.
Tandoor cooked chicken actually dates back to the Mughal period. This delicacy was a main course of the enormous Indian feasts of that day.
Another story of its origins lies with a man named Kundan Lal Gujral, who ran a restaurant called Moti Mahal in Peshawar before the partition of India. Trying out new recipes to keep his patrons interested, Gujral tried cooking chicken in tandoors (clay ovens) used by locals until then to cook naans (bread).
The tandoori murgh at Moti Mahal so impressed the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, that he made it a regular at official banquets.
And this is my version: a first attempt at tandoori murgh.
chicken pieces, skinless 1/2 kg
Shan tandoori chicken masala 1/2 packet
yoghurt 3 tbsp
ginger-garlic paste 1 tbsp
chat masala 1 tsp (per Masood’s request)
- Slash meat diagonally and prick all over with a fork.
- In a bowl, mix all the ingredients mentioned above to make the marinade.
- Add the chicken pieces in the marinade and refrigerate overnight.
- Preheat over to 240 C
- Remove chicken pieces from the marinade and arrange in a pan lined with foil.
- Bake uncovered for 20 minutes.
- Turn chicken pieces over, brush with marinade, and bake for another 10 minutes.
- Turn oven to broil setting.
- Broil chicken pieces for 5 minutes to get that burnt look that tandoori chicken usually have.
- Serve with lemon wedges and salad of your choice.
Masood loved it so much that we didn’t eat out on Thursday night, which has been our tradition ever since we got married, and insisted that I bake tandoori murgh for dinner.
P.S. We already had tandoori murgh for lunch earlier that day!
Ohh, this reminded me of the yummy Tandoori Murgh, and am looking forward to have this delicious dish again.
Sounds divine! Gotta give it a try soon!
Thanks sis for sharing the recipe.. you made my mouth water! :p
Oh btw.. do you have it with rice? or chapati? or both! hehe
yeh “charga” nahi kehlai ga?
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umm but the recipe is almost same
MashaAllah looks so tasty! Just wondering what the broil setting is? Is that like grilling?
InshaAllah will try and let you know how it turns out!
AAhhh looks delicious !!
Yummy! This looks awesome and you’ve really simplified the recipe too! I’m going to try and make it.
So, when am I coming over to your place for dinner? 🙂
Specs<– the self invited, zabardasti ka guest.
looks really gud and its so much healthier than fried chicken! I think its high time i use the tandoori shaan masala that i have in the fridge 😉
i have this horrible habit of grabbing a box or 2 of shaan masalas whenever i’m doing grocery lolz
Blog hopped my way … during my student days, I used to have tandoori almost every week! *no recollection on the variations* Thanks for sharing the recipe. It’d be swell if I can actually make it. 🙂
yea its ingredient not recipe 🙂
Hehe I would love to try some, but I don’t think I would be able to find some of the stuff needed to make it.
And yeah I’m sure the terms we use here in the US are quite different from what everyone else uses. Oh and here when we use broiler we don’t keep the door open, most of our stoves here have their own broiler with its own slot on the bottom too. Mine does anyway because it is a gas stove.
I have been dying to lay my hands on a good recipe of tandoori chicken.
My hubby loves it too – let me try it and take pics if it turns out ok – Thanks a lot! 🙂
Try one recipe by me if you like: 🙂
broiling (US) = grilling (UK), which should not be confused with grilling (US) = barbequing (UK)
Are we talking chicken here? – LOL 😛
one last comment please – what an awesome cut out salad in the pic – just saw it.
Man of good taste – after all, he married YOU – you should remind him of that too. 😛
For the happy couple – Mashaallah 🙂
You guys are adorable, love how you posted this blog and he commented saying he wants some more.
I’m rubbish at domestic stuff, I’ll leave it for my mummy dearest!
“And yes, it has also become my habit to grab a box of Shan masala every time we do our groceries.”
It’s the pictures on the box that make you want to buy it so bad. I thing it’s their marketing strategy, and I fall for it every time too 😦
Anon was me :p
Oh I did not even know we had an Indian place here in Erie! Masha allah, guess my husband and I will have to try that out some time! I knew we had some good Mexican places and a really great Japanese place, but this is so cool. Erie’s more diverse then I thought. 🙂