Welcome to our first post in ‘The Indian-inspired Grills and Kebab Series’.
Did you know? The popular Indian clay-oven called ‘Tandoor’ can reach temperatures of 900F (480C)… and it never gets turned off, there is always a slow fire burning at the base of the tandoor to maintain core temperature. As the predecessor to modern day grills, this essentially Indian above-ground barbeque pit uses high temperature convection cooking to sear and char food, simultaneously sealing in the flavors and juices.
So an ideal start to our Indian-inspired Grills and Kebab Series is the well-known restaurant favorite, ‘Chicken Drumsticks or Tangdi Kebab’ (the word ‘tangdi’ literally means leg in Hindi), also known as ‘Kalmi Kebab’ in India. These kebabs are marinated with yogurt, lemon and spices for a few hours and are best cooked on the outdoor grill (an ideal replacement to a tandoor) to render a succulent kebab.
Our chicken kebabs are served with a simple Cilantro-Yogurt chutney (recipe below), which takes its flavors to a new level. At the end of this post, you will find accompaniment ideas to make the chicken drumstick kebabs a perfect meal experience.
Worth knowing: most restaurant versions of this kebab achieve the signature red-orange look of the drumstick kebabs by using orange food color. We use a natural spice to get that ‘Indian kebab color’, read on to find out.
The recipes for Chicken Drumstick Kebabs and Cilantro-Yogurt Chutney have attained nirvana – they now appears in our cookbook ‘Tikka Tikki & Spicy Bites’ which features our global twist on Indian Kebabs, Tikka, Chutneys and more. Click here for details and get your copy soon – you will enjoy using it!
Accompaniments and Serving Ideas:
- Chicken Drumstick Kebabs are best served with the Cilantro-Yogurt Chutney and a side of sliced onions with a dressing of lemon juice, a pinch of red chili powder and salt.
- The classic homemade Indian flatbread Naan is an ideal accompaniment to kebabs. Naan is now found easily at western supermarkets. Heat them on the grill for about a minute each before serving.
- In India, it’s unheard off to serve kebabs without a glass of chilled beer or a cocktail. I’m sure there’s something for everyone in these 15 fresh, simple cocktails for spring on Kitchn.com. My favorite is the Watermelon-Cucumber Refresher… and check out the Kachumber Cooler with delicious Indian-inspired flavors.
So kick up your heels…a glass of chilled beer or cocktail in one hand and a chicken drumstick kebab in the other.