How To Cook Like an Indian – Two Local Dishes That You Can Try

Cook these simple dishes and you will definitely feel like a great Indian chef!

Tandoori mumbai

Tandoori Chicken

This is one of the easiest and most popular Indian dish that you can try.

What you will need:
1 kg of chicken pieces with no skin
6 tbsps of Tandoori Masala
1 cup of yogurt
1 tsp of garlic paste
1 cup of sunflower oil
1 tbsp of Chaat Masala to garnish
add salt to taste
add lemon wedges to garnish
add onion rings to garnish

What you need to do:

Create diagonal slashes to your chicken pieces. Set aside, Get your Tandoori masala and mix it with the yogurt. Add 2 tbsp of oil and add salt to taste then create a paste. Smear the paste on the chicken pieces. Make sure that all chicken pieces are evenly coated and rub some paste on the diagonal slashes as well. Marinade the chicken pieces in a deep bowl. Allow it to marinade for 12-18 hours.

Preheat the grill into medium heat. Place the chicken and sear right away to seal the juice. Do this on both sides. After that, cook both sides until brown, occasionally brush cooking oil on the chicken pieces. Once it turns brown, reduce the heat. Cover the grill and cook until it is tender. Avoid overcooking.

Naan or leavened Indian bread

This is served alongside with other traditional Indian dishes like different kinds of kebabs.

What you will need:

1 ½ tsps of dry yeast
1 cup of water
1 ½ tsps of sugar
3 cups of all purpose flour
1 tsp of salt
6 tbsps of clarified butter
3 tbsps of yogurt
3 tsp of onion seeds

What you need to do:

Mix yeast and sugar with warm water. Cover and set aside for 10 minutes or until the mixture starts to froth. Sieve the flour and salt then put it into a large bowl then add in the yeast mixture. Pour in the remaining yogurt and the clarified butter. Create all this into a soft dough with the use of your hands. Knead the dough in a flat and clean surface. Stops once it is already elastic.
Use a cooking oil to grease a large bowl and place the dough. Cover this and set it aside until it doubles in volume.

Once ready, punch the dough and knead for ten more minutes. Divide the ball equally and roll between the palms to create 8 balls. Roll out the ball in a flat surface and gently pull on the edge of the circle to create a teardrop shape. Preheat the oven to 200 F and place a foiled baking tray in it. In the tray, arrange the Naan evenly Brush the Naan with clarified butter and a dash of onion. Cook until brown.

Chef Linda Rosario is a food blogger from Chef Needs, one of the trusted suppliers of bakery display cases. She also loves to paint and dreams of having her own art gallery. Aside from painting and drawing, Linda has a heart for cooking and food.

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