It's so grey and it's threatening to rain out there, but I'm hoping this is transient. Admittedly, I'd rather be sitting in the Suzanne-Lenglen court at Roland-Garros watching the 'King of Clay' race through to the quarter finals. Vamos Rafa! Actually it's me who better get a move on! I have some old university friends visiting and I'd like to prepare something nostalgic, but with my modern twist. At university, tandoori chicken was one of the few things that I could offer my friends. This was not because I painstakingly cooked for them, nothing could be further from the truth. I would bring large tupperware boxes of cooked tandoori chicken and foiled wrapped aloo paranthas from my mother for all my friends on my return to halls after the weekend. It became a ritual that Sunday nights would be spent unravelling foil parcels, much to the delight of my fellow students. I soon became very popular and everyone anticipated our Sunday night feasts. So tonight, they're going to enjoy tandoori chicken with a difference!
Tandoori Chicken Appetiser Spoons
Serves 6 as an Appetiser
500g Chicken Mini Fillets
3 tbsp of Greek Yogurt
Half a Lemon
Half a Lime
2 cloves Garlic
3cm piece of Ginger
1 Green Chilli
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp Paprika
0.5 tsp Tandoori Masala
2 tbsp Sunflower Oil
4 tbsp Greek Yogurt
1 tsp Chaat Masala
2 tbsp Coriander (finely chopped)
Place the chicken into a bowl and add 3 tbsp of yoghurt, the lemon and the lime.
Grind the garlic, ginger and chilli into a paste in a herb mill. If you don't have one, just chop these ingredients finely.
Put the ginger, garlic and chilli into the bowl with the chicken.
Add the salt, garam masala, paprika and tandoori masala.
Stir the chicken, making sure that all the ingredients are mixed well.
Cover the bowl with cling film and leave it in the fridge overnight.
Remove from the fridge for 30 minutes before cooking.
Heat a griddle pan on a moderate setting and add 1 tbsp of oil.
Once the pan has heated up, add half the chicken and cook until golden brown and the flip the fillets to cook them on the other side. Remove them onto a plate.
Repeat this process with the remaining chicken.
Mix the 4 tbsp of yoghurt in a small bowl with the chaat masala and 1 tbsp of the chopped coriander.
Allow the chicken mini fillets to rest for 5 Minutes then serve with the yoghurt dressing in a bowl as an accompaniment.
If you plan to serve them as an appetiser, as I do, then slice up the mini fillets into small pieces.
Place mounds of chopped chicken onto appetiser spoons and top each appetiser spoon with a teaspoon of spicy yogurt. Place some of the finely chopped coriander on top of the yoghurt.