I got to see Shah Rukh Khan up close and personal about 15 years ago when he first performed in South Africa….he was a great performer then but didn’t really catch my eye….well, now he is sporting an eight pack and has definitely got my attention! He has clearly earned his title as the ‘Badshah of Bollywood’!
Shah Rukh’s favourite meal is Tandoori Chicken and I prepared this with my very own spin for Mela! I love tandoori anything, the only problem is that it does tend to dry out….so I worked my way around this to prepare an all in one Tandoori Chicken Traybake that is deliciously moist and tender!
It’s a simple recipe…all you need to do is introduce the ingredients, leave to marinate and they spices do the rest! It’s also one of those dishes that is a complete crowd pleaser so if you are looking for a spicy chicken meal without the fuss, this one is for you! If you missed the episode, click here…https://yudhikayumyum.com/sabc-2s-mela-videos/mela-shah-rukhs-tandoori-chicken/
I pop the chicken into a Glad bag and pour the marinade ingredients in to make it as mess free as possible. This works really well, saves on the washing up and also the bag goes straight into the refrigerator to marinate. I have added magic masala to this recipe which is a spice from my own brand. You can leave it out or use an unsalted chicken spice to replace it. The marinade can be done a day in advance but always bring the chicken to room temperature before roasting.
A big thank you to the Mrs Pat Tarr and her team at the Broadacres Superspar with all the behind the scenes help in getting the ingredients sourced and delivered!
2 whole chickens
8 cloves garlic, crushed
30ml crushed ginger
25ml red chilli powder
15ml ground coriander
10ml ground cumin
10ml garam masala
15ml Magic Masala
Pinch of turmeric
125ml double thick yoghurt
Juice of 1 lemon
5ml coarse salt
2 stock cubes, crumbled
1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
2 large onions, sliced into wedges
50ml fresh cream
Fresh coriander, to garnish
To flattie the chicken, lay the chicken on a chopping board with the breast side facing up. Press down hard on the breastbone twice. Turn the chicken over and use poultry shears to cut alongside the backbone of the chicken. Repeat on the other side and discard the backbone.
Remove the tip of the wing, excess fat and skin. Rinse the chicken under cold running water and pat dry with absorbent paper towel.
Place all the remaining ingredients except the tinned tomatoes and sliced onion into a non-reactive mixing bowl. Whisk until the marinade is smooth.
Smear the marinade over the chicken flatties and leave to marinate for a few hours.
Place the chickens in a deep roasting pan with the skin side facing up. Roast the chicken in a pre-heated oven at 180°C for 45 – 50 minutes, basting every 15 minutes.
Stir the chopped tomatoes and onion wedges into the pan juices and return the chicken to the oven for 15 minutes. The juices should run clear when the chicken is tested with a skewer.
Pour the cream into the roasting pan and stir into the sauce. Check the seasoning and adjust if necessary. Garnish with fresh coriander and serve.