This weeks peoples choice winner was a Tandoori marinade. You might also know this as Chicken Tikka; and its usually served bright red – to the point of wondering if you needed a Geiger counter to accompany dinner. This recipe is made without the addition of Tandoori food colouring, but if you do want to achieve that neon red glow you can add 1-2 tsp before marinating. I chose to test it out with chicken legs and thighs, but it will work with most protein and vegetables. We served this with Palak Raita as an entrée, and it will be a popular dinner coming into the hotter months in the Skinnymixer’s household, especially as the paste recipe gives you 4 lots to use! Please, read the notes for further instructions.
- 1 tsp black peppercorns
- 4 green cardamom pods
- 2 whole cloves
- 300 g brown onions, peeled, halved
- 60 g garlic, peeled (about 12 cloves)
- 80 g fresh ginger, sliced into coins
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp mild paprika
- 4 tsp ground cumin
- 4 tsp ground coriander seeds
- 4 tsp garam masala (if you haven't got pepper free, omit the peppercorns)
- 2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1-2 tsp cayenne pepper (depending on spice preference)
- 30 g olive oil
- 1 portion of tandoori paste
- 250 g Greek yoghurt (I use Jalna)
- 30 g fresh lemon juice
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp honey (optional for sugar free)
- **Please Note: This recipe requires 24 hour marinating for best results**
- Add peppercorns, cardamom and cloves to mixer bowl. Insert simmering basket and mill for 10 sec/speed 9/MC on. Remove your simmering basket, ensuring to retain any milled spices in the bowl by tapping it gently.
- Add remaining paste ingredients and blend for 10 sec/speed 9/MC on. Scrape bowl down and repeat once.
- Portion out the paste into 4 x lots and freeze individually.
- Add all marinade ingredients to mixer bowl, combine for 5 sec/speed 3/MC on.
Marinate your meat in the fridge, covered, for 24 hours for best results. Scrape excess marinade off of the meat before grilling, oven baking or frying.
For those who are dairy free, you can skip the yoghurt and just marinate your meat with the paste.
Use the sharp blade for this recipe.
Tandoori Paste - Repeat milling process in Step 1 until spices are ground. Add remaining paste ingredients and blend. You may need to repeat Step 2 twice to achieve paste consistency.
Tandoori Marinade - Extend mixing time until combined.