Tuesday, July 19, 2011

More, More, More..How Do You Like It, How Do You Like It

I tried to make Tandoori chicken. Found a great recipe on Epicurious.com. (http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Tandoori-Indian-Barbecued-Chicken-104217) I did make a great tasting dish, however it lacked something that I can't quite put my finger on. I had Tandoori chicken about 15 to 20 times but from the same restaurant. It was wonderful. I loved it. The flavors stick in my mind from years ago. I craved it again, so I tried to make it. I'll have to continue to research the spices and ingredients in other recipes to find that missing taste. I didn't do the ghee basting, which could be very important. What I did since I hate to waste, is took the skin off and then laid it on top while the chicken cooked so it wouldn't dry out. But maybe the butter in addition to individual spices add up to the flavor I desire.

The cooking method is probably also important, but I had to bake mine and then quick broil it to get it to look grilled.

I ground up the cardamom and spices fresh. I put slits in the chicken and also poked it all over. I marinated it in yogurt, lemon, ginger, garlic, and all the spices overnight. I feel like it was so close. My best guess is that I just needed to put a bit more cayenne, more cardamom, more coriander. I remember the spice and heat kinda reaching up and slapping me around a bit the first few bites. This was more of a love tap. I wanted it a little more rough and tumble.

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