Sean.G.DD 1 of 8 300x200 Outdoor Cooking: Easy Indian Cuisine at Home

Summer is here, and with all the great events happening when the seasons change, comes cooking and eating outdoors and my favorite word in the English language… Grilling!

While most people know grilling, they may not know the myriad of techniques that can be employed using a grill to prepare a wide variety of cuisine.  In other words, grilling DOES NOT have to be about just hamburgers and hot dogs. This summer, branch out and try something new using different flavor profiles from other cultures to add flare and spice to your culinary repertoire. This summer heat up the grill and try my delicious Tandoori Chicken recipe.

Traditionally, Tandoori Chicken is made in a large oven called a Tandoor that is around 500° degrees. The chicken itself is marinated in a thick, intensely flavored yogurt sauce, skewered on large metal poles, and lowered down into the fire. The end result is a smoky, spicy, juicy piece of chicken that is simply irresistible.

Taking this traditionally Indian recipe and bringing it home isn’t very difficult.  You can achieve essentially the same results by using the same marinade technique and a very hot grill.   This recipe proves that making Indian cuisine at home doesn’t have to be difficult and can be deliciously rewarding.

Tandoori Chicken

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4 Chicken Thighs

4 Chicken Legs

1-pint plain yogurt

3 T Tandoori Spices

½ in knob fresh ginger, grated

1/8 t ground cardamom

½ t ground cumin

1 dried red chili

1 Lemon, juiced

3 cloves Garlic, minced

¼ cup Oil

1 T Salt

1/8 t Pepper

* Traditionally, Tandoori chicken has deep slashes to the bone to cook the meat quickly.

Raita is a sauce made from yogurt, spices, vegetables, and herbs. Traditionally it is used as a condiment to cool down the palate with very spicy dishes. My favorite Raita has grated cucumber and mint. This dish is extremely easy and so refreshing!

Raita

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1-pint plain yogurt

¼ bundle mint, sliced thinly

½ t ground cumin

1 large seedless cucumber, grated

½ small white onion, minced

1 T kosher salt

1/8 t ground black pepper

Many cultures have similar “cooling” sauces like this one. The cucumber, yogurt, and mint pair so beautifully to create a bright, refreshing side that is great on its own or delicious with the chicken.

Lentils are a legume and are widely consumed in Indian culture.  They serve as a solid source of protein, especially in a vegetarian diet.

Red Lentils

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½ t Cumin

3 cloves garlic

1 small onion, minced

1 dried red chili

1/8 t cardamom

2 cups split red lentils

1-quart vegetable stock

2 T olive oil

1 T kosher salt

½ t black pepper

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Lentils are a staple in Indian cooking. They have great protein content, and are an inexpensive way to add a different side to a meal.

Start firing up the grill and try these easy Indian recipes and get cooking outdoors!

Happy Grilling!

Sean Gallagher

Gallagher is also a freelance caterer, private chef, and graduate of The Culinary Institute of America. His grandmother was a cook and inspired him at a very young age to pursue a culinary career. Gallagher’s passion is nutrition as well as teaching others how to lead a healthy lifestyle full of not only nutritious, but also delicious food.

Contact Sean directly with any questions or comments at Chef.seangallagher@gmail.com and visit his blog here

This writer may have been given product and/or other compensation from Dean & DeLuca for this post. All Photography provided by Tom Trocola Photography – All Rights Reserved.

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