Wednesday, April 16, 2014

North Indian Meal: Rice, Tandoori Chicken, Dal and Raita

I tried and enjoyed using four North Indian spices blends from Jaswant's Kitchen to prepare this meal. The blends are made with 100% natural ingredients. We can make delicious Indian meals without buying a variety of spices using the spice blends from Jaswant's Kitchen and following the recipes on their site. These blends make cooking Indian meals easy for those new to Indian cuisine. 

To prepare this red lentil or dal curry I used the Tadka Masala and Garam Masala. Blends such as Tadka Masala allows us to eliminate the need for buying/ preparing a variety of spices, and cutting onions and garlic. 
I made half the quantity of this red lentil recipe from Jaswant's Kitchen...
1/2 cup red lentil
2 cups water
1/2 tbsp Tadka Masala
1/2 tsp salt to taste
1/8 tsp garam masala

Wash the lentil, then add water, masala, salt and cook it in the pressure cooker on medium high heat for about 2 whistles. Remove from heat and wait for about 10 minutes before opening the pressure cooker. Add the garam masala and stir. Serve hot.  


Tadka Masala is their “cooking” blend, which replaces the step of frying onions, ginger, garlic and spices that is the base of most Indian dishes. With this blend often there is no need to fry anything, which allows us to control the amount of fat used in our meals. This blend is used to make dals, veggies, meat curries and more. 

Garam Masala is the“finishing” spice that is used in many recipes once cooking the dish is completed.
To make this flavourful Tandoori Chicken I used the Tandoori Masala, which mainly is used for grilling meat, fish, paneer or vegetable. The end product has a beautiful aroma and deep yellow colour. I adapted the Tandoori Chicken recipe from Jaswant's Kitchen and doubled it to marinate the chicken pieces overnight and left it in the fridge.

4 chicken thigh/leg pieces 

1 tsp salt
2 garlic cloves
1 tbsp ginger
3 tbsp lemon juice
4 tsp Tandoori masala
1/2 cup yogurt
2 tsp oil
2 tsp vinegar

Wash the chicken, make deep cuts on the chicken and marinate the chicken with all the ingredients. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight. Bake in the middle rack for 35 to 40 minutes in a preheated 350F oven until the chicken is well cooked and the meat inside is white. If checked with a meat thermometer it should read 170F. After the chicken is baked, cover and leave the meat to rest for 5 minutes. Squeeze more lemon juice over the chicken if you want and garnish with red onions and serve.

With the Raita Salt, we can make a quick, delicious raita or add it to fresh fruit with a squeeze of lemon. This seasoned salt added to orange juice gives it a little extra zing.
I usually enjoy eating apples with salt and pepper, and really enjoyed having it with a pinch of the Raita salt. These spice blends sold online and shipped within US and Canada makes cooking authentic tasting, healthy Indian food at home easy. 

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23 comments:

  1. All dishes are looks so good. Love the chicken legs. Apple with salt and pepper, new to me. But love to taste it very soon.

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    1. thank you Bhawya let me know how the apples taste, it isn't for everyone's palate :)

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  2. Everything looks amazing! These types of spice blends can be a real time saver especially Indian cooking requires soooooooo many spices!

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  3. seems so intresting .with these masalas we can save our time n energy .love the colorful meal ...

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  4. Everything looks so amazing... love that tandoori chicken...

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  5. Super luscious spread. looks too good.

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  6. hey ! long time..hope you keeping well..very very tempting..esp the chicken !

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  7. This would be a real feast for us!

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  8. Awesome array of delicious dishes, love that raita and chicken leg pic :)

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  9. I haven't made Tandoori Chicken in about a year! I had totally forgotten about it! My husband and I love it!

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  10. I hail from North India and this is what a typical dinner look at my house. I would love to keep these spices in my pantry to whip up a quick meal.

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  11. Wonderful spread there, those dishes are making me hungry.

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  12. I dont live in canada :( would love one of those . can I come over for dinner or lunch , looks so delicious!!

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  13. wow the loveliest meal ever :) mouthwatering clicks :)

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  14. What a great meal ! Everything looks absolutely delicious :)

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  15. I love the red lentil recipe. What great spice blends!

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  16. Wonderful and appetizing meal! Looks great...

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  17. Mmmm...amo i piatti così speziati!!! :-)
    Ciao,felice domenica

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  18. I would have loved to be a guest when this was served :)

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