Tandoori chicken is one of the most well-known and beloved Indian recipes ever. There's no one who doesn't appreciate the rich flavor and smooth texture of this traditional dish!
But what exactly is tandoori chicken? How is it prepared and why does it have that deep red color? What is the origin of its name?
In this article, we’ll find out everything you need to know about tandoori chicken.
Although today it is a well known dish, not everyone knows how tandoori chicken was born. It seems the recipe was invented in an Indian restaurant by the cook Kundan Lal Gujral, who started to cook the chicken in traditional clay ovens, called tandoor. These typical Indian ovens had always been used to cook bread, never meat. However, the cooking was so perfect, the chicken so soft inside and crispy outside, that the success was immediate.
Today tandoori chicken is very popular not only in India but in all of South Asia, where it is usually eaten as an appetizer and not as a main course, as we do.
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The original recipe for tandoori chicken requires a lot of care and patience: it is not a dish that can be prepared at the last minute, but the time taken is repaid by the final taste!
Here are the ingredients you need to prepare your tandoori chicken.
And now, here is the tandoori chicken recipe step by step.
Of course cooking the chicken inside a tandoor oven is the secret to recreating the original recipe, the one you would eat in India. However, even using an electric oven you can get a good tandoori chicken.
If you'd like to eat the original recipe instead, give us a call and we'll bring it to your door!
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The original tandoori chicken recipe is not complex, as we have seen, although achieving the perfect balance of spices is not so simple. Not to mention that cooking it inside the tandoor oven is essential to give it its original flavor.
At Haveli we are experts in traditional Indian recipes and we prepare tandoori chicken just as it was once done.
Would you like to try it? You can take advantage of our takeaway service or home delivery throughout Florence and surrounding areas.
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