Tandoori Chicken with Steamed Potatoes

Thursday, 27 September 2012

       Fall is here. It only seems like yesterday that we were progressing through summer. It feels like one day ago that I graduated from school, hugged all those people who were bitterly crying like me. It was a really emotional day. Even our juniors had tears in their eyes. With promises of keeping in contact, we departed for the summer, having no idea what it had in store for us. Now, several months later, we are all at different colleges, trying to adjust. Just a few days ago, one of my best friends told me that she was having a hard time with new surroundings and new people. It’s what all of us are now going through. In my situation it is certainly better but you don’t easily let go of the people you have known for a decade. They know your good and bad sides and you can afford to be stupid with them.

       There’s only one of my best friends I still talk to everyday. ( This is for you I-) We still make plans, try to make them succeed but deep down both of us don’t know how long it will last. But our friendship still has the trust we have always had. Who knew Facebook could be a blessing in bringing people together?

         It’s funny how day by day, nothing changes but when you look back everything’s different. Any person who knows me in real life, knows I’m a crybaby. I cry at the smallest things. But now, I feel something inside me has changed. There are still times of dejection and depression when tears sting my eyes. But they never flow, they appear and then disappear as if they never existed. Tears show weakness and I’m stronger than I ever was.
              You never know how strong you are, until being strong
                                                                             is the only choice you have.
    Fall is actually my favorite time of the year. It screams apples and fresh juices. All is serenity and peace.The weather is very mild as compared to the summers we have. What helps matters is October is my lucky month so I always get excited on it’s arrival. Last year, towards the end of October, I received an autographed picture from Selena Gomez in the mail, something I had mailed her for in March when I was crazy after her. I still like her but you know the growing up thing? She’s awesome. It made my day.

          Fall also gets me excited for winter. I love cozying up in my favorite quilt with a thick coat of lotion on my hands, warming them  by holding a steaming cup of coffee. Perfection. Winters are great for spending quality time with others. Another thing worth looking forward are winter garments. I miss darker colors in my  wardrobe. I miss them dearly.
         I’m all hugs for Fall. While it’s here, enjoy it guys. Happy Fall :)

Tandoori Chicken-

Recipe from an Australian friend.
1 medium onion
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 tablespoon tomate paste
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
1-1.5 kg chicken
200g yogurt
Paprika (for sprinkling)
1. Chop an onion finely.
2. Combine garam masala,salt, ginger and tomato paste. Add to the yogurt and whisk it all.
3. Coat the chicken pieces with the yogurt mixture. Place in a large deep dish and pierce with a fork for the marinade to seep through. Marinade overnight.
4. Line an ovenproof dish with foil, place the marinated chicken pieces and pour the rest of the spiced yogurt on top. You may cover with an additional layer of foil.
5. Bake in an oven at 180 C (350 F) for 45 minutes to an hour. During the last minutes of baking, unfold the foil (if using) and evenly sprinkle some paprika on top and brown for a few minutes.

Steamed Potatoes-

I don't really have a recipe for these. I just peeled them, cut into fries and sprinkled them with italian seasoning and lots of salt and pepper. I steamed them in a steaming insert and covered them with a lid until done. They were really good and healthy.

Recipe Review-

I admit I made a mistake, I was running out of time and couldn’t marinate the chicken overnight so I did it only for 3-4 hours and it wasn’t as flavorful. I strongly advise doing it overnight and ofcourse, seasonings can always be adjusted. On the whole, it was worth sharing with the world as a subtler version of the famous Asian dish which is baked in a ‘tandoor’. For the gorgeous red color the photographs above don’t have,I think you can use food coloring but remember, it is not healthy. It will be great grilled and will have some great color!


  1. Salam Alaikum sister,

    I had no idea you just left school this year mashaAllah I am soon to be 25 and assumed you were near my age group because you sound older and wiser than your years, which is a good thing in this day and age believe me.

    May Allah grant you success in your further studies/career. Ameen.

  2. Asmaa-
    Thanks as always for the beautiful comment. I have yet to know if this gets me anywhere :)

  3. Salaam Aiza! This chicken looks AMAZING! I am for sure trying my hand at this this week. Just looking at it is making me ridiculously hungry :)

    1. Thank you so much! GOOD LUCK with that! I hope it turns out good Henna. Please let me know :)


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