Bade Miyan's Chicken Tikka
After much wheedling, Bade Miyan finally parted with this simple recipe of their chicken tikka. But when asked about the quantities of the ingredients, all we got was 'apne andaze se' (according to your taste). And Bade Miyan won't reveal the jadi-booti (herbs) they use which protect against a Mumbai belly.
Ingredients: Red Chilli powder, Grated ginger and garlic, Dhania powder, Ghee or oil, Salt, Small boneless chicken pieces
Method: Mix all the spices, ginger, garlic, salt and oil. Marinate the chicken pieces in the mixture for four to five hours in the fridge. Slow-cook the pieces on a skewer over a charcoal grill. Nothing can match the flavours of a charcoal grill, an oven is a distant second.
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