Pin It
Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Tandoori Chicken: Vaisakhi Recipe

By

Vaisakhi, celebrated throughout the northern part of the Indian subcontinent, carries different meaning for different sects. For the Sikh population, among other things, it marks the anniversary of the abolition of the caste system and the celebration that all people are equal. For the Hindis, it is the start of the New Year. For the Buddhists, it is the day Gautam Buddha reached Nirvana. For all who celebrate it, it is considered a time of harvest and celebration and marked with vibrant festivities.

This tandoori recipe is fabulous, even without a proper tandoor oven.

Ingredients:
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley, roughly chopped
1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 tablespoon paprika
1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 (~2 1/2-pound) chicken, quartered

Instructions:
1. Purée first seven ingredients in a food processor. With machine running, gradually add oil through feed tube and process until blended. Add yogurt and lemon juice to remaining mixture in processor and blend.

2. Place chicken in a single layer in a glass baking dish. Pour yogurt mixture over chicken and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate 1-4 hours.

3. Preheat grill to a medium-high temperature. Place chicken, skin side down, on grill. Cover and grill until chicken is cooked through, turning every 7-10 minutes, about 30 minutes total. (Alternately, bake in oven, tented with foil, at 350 for 45 minutes-1 hour, until meat is cooked through.)

4. Serve with basmati rice.

© 2012, Lauren Capitani. All rights reserved.

More Great Stuff You'll Love:


Why African Toddlers Don't Have Tantrums

The secret of why African babies don't meltdown like Western ones.

Don’t Touch My Child! Lessons from Asia

Has the West taken fear too far?

Is all the Hard Work of Bilingualism Really Paying Off?

I just found out the surprising answer.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Lauren Capitani was an early foodie. While her friends were busy watching Family Ties , she was tuned into Graham Kerr and Yan Can Cook, and served her friends and family dishes such as beef wellington and baked alaska while still a teen. After college, Lauren received Masters' degrees in both journalism and business and worked in both subsequent fields. At 29, she decided to rewrite her life and became an assistant teacher. For the first time, her vocation became her avocation. She now has certification in both both elementary and early childhood education and has taught at seven schools on both coasts (and in between). Lauren has lived summers in France, England, Spain, Japan, and Thailand, and has visited more than a dozen other countries. When her own children start limiting their food choices, Lauren turned it into a teaching moment and created One World Whisk, a global cooking initiative for children. The project garnered more than 200 followers before its one-month charter was complete.

Leave us a comment!









Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail.
Or leave your email address and click here to receive email notifications of new comments without leaving a comment yourself.

Get weekly updates right in your inbox so you don't miss out!



A Children's Book for Raising Global Citizens

Every life is a story. It’s easier to understand someone when you know their story.

Why I Travel 13 Hours Alone with My Kids Every Chance I Get

Travelling with children, while definitely more of a mission, contradicts the old saying that “life is about the journey, not the destination.”

A Diverse Book for Preschoolers in Celebration of Multicultural Children's Book Day

A book that honestly and simply celebrates the every day diversity that children experience.

Why My African Feminist Mother Gave Me the Identity of My Father's Tribe

She gave me an identity so different from her own.

2 Children’s Books about Jamaica

Explore Jamaica with your child.

Costa Rica with Kids: Two Weeks of Family Travel

Two weeks of Pura Vida in a country with so much to offer families.

Should I Worry about My Child's Accent in Her Foreign Language?

See why Dr. Gupta takes offense to this question and where children learn accents from

How to raise trilingual kids when exposure to Dad's language is limited

My kids only get 1-2 hours of the minority language per day-help!
For quite sometime, whenever there were articles that surfaced the internet concerning whether it was appropriate to breastfeed in public, I was so baffled. As a Mongolian, I was so shocked that som...
From Breastfeeding in the Land of Genghis Khan
For quite some whenever there was articles circulated on the internet concerning whether it is appropriate to breastfeed in public. As a Mongolian, I was so shocked that some countries considered i...
From Breastfeeding in the Land of Genghis Khan
I live with my Czech in laws with my four children and my Czech is crap I try to learn but the baby doesn't sleep well I'm a constant zombie and the brain just doesn't work. Plus being tired makes m...
From How I Reclaimed My House from My Mother-in-Law
I am so glad I found this site. I am happy to see that I am not alone in experiencing 'family issues' after getting married. I am not from the West but I am married to a Canadian. I never truly unde...
From How I Reclaimed My House from My Mother-in-Law
[…] my most favourite article about breastfeeding called Breastfeeding in the Land of Genghis Khan by Ruth Kamnitzer. I have no doubt that Mongolians would find our social stigmas around [R...
From Breastfeeding in the Land of Genghis Khan
[…] sources and reasons for the rules of these countries too, such as China, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, and Hungary (see above re “Titanic”).  Has anyone got s...
From International Baby Naming Laws–Are They a Good Thing?
[…] Source Inculture Parents […...
From Lotus Lanterns for Wesak (Buddha Day)
If your nerves shat down your hormones , can you get pregnant by injecting a sperm in you to develop a baby . Please let me know...
From Baby-Making the Hindu Way
[…] Diwali Lantern from InCultureParent […...
From Diwali Craft: Make a Lantern

More Recipes