Indian foods

tandoori grilled chicken

by jani on October 1, 2012

HB began making Tandoori Chicken back in 1983. All of our children have grown up loving East Indian food. Of course we love the pakoras, mahkani and naan… oh and the kheer… we love the kheer (in case you haven’t enjoyed kheer… it’s a wonderful rice pudding)! But when it comes to Tandoori, my sweetie makes the best!

As the days have been warmer than our usual fall days, we are still grilling and this recipe is great either grilled or baked… but I prefer the grilled version!


  • 1-8oz container Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder or optionally Garam Masala powder (found at Indian specialty markets)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp cilatro
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 3 lbs. chicken thighs, bone-in and skinned

Combine yogurt, curry powder, salt, onion and garlic powders, sugar, cardamon, cumin cilantro, lemon juice, ginger paste, chili powder in a large bow, stir until blended. With a sharp knife, make three small but deep incisions in each thigh, then add to yogurt/spice mixture to coat evenly. Seal bag to exclude all air and refrigerate six hours or overnight.

Heat grill  to 350F. Grill, turning often to minimize burning of the sauce. Baste with any remaining sauce as possible.

 Or if using oven, heat to 350F. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until internal temperature of the chicken reaches 160F. Serves four.

All of our children have been raised enjoying the cuisine from other lands. We loved watching our children get excited about Indian, Chinese, Mexican,Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Greek, Moroccan, German, Swiss and other international dishes as they discovered the wonderful variety of foreign cultures. I’m happy to see our grandchildren develop a desire to learn about our world. Beginning with the introduction of foreign foods is a great way to introduce these cultures.

Do you enjoy foods from other lands? How about having a special night celebrating the food and customs of other children throughout our world… we can instill a love for all the world’s children by teaching them respect for other countries and customs.