Spicy, flavourful and succulent-that's how we like our tandoori chicken. If you've come up north, you must be privy to the hype that surrounds the dish. It is a crown jewel of every North Indian restaurant menu, it is one of the first things in our mind to order in, each time we are craving ‘North Indian food'. Tandoor, traditionally refers to a cylindrical clay or metal oven and ‘Tandoori' refers to anything that has been cooked in tandoor. According to legends, the nomads of yore would dig up a pit in any land they found suitable and start cooking their meat and wild vegetables using some coal, the idea of tandoori cuisine has been borrowed from here. Tandoori chicken is said to have been popularized by Kundan Lal, who also happens to be the inventor of butter chicken as per many.
Tandoori chicken can easily be made at home too. And guess what, you do not even need the big, traditional tandoor to make them. With the help of this recipe, you can recreate the restaurant-style magic at home. You can savour this delicacy stand-alone. Sprinkle some chaat masala on top and a squeeze of lemon to go with it. You can also pair it with mint chutney, roti or naan. Tandoori chicken can be a great appetiser to relish at any dinner party along with chilled beverages.