Monday, February 9, 2015

Biryani & Tandoori Chicken Recipe

As promised here are the easy-peasy recipes!! I wish I could make these from scratch but since I'm West Indian not East Indian from India I rely heavily on these mixes and for the most part it gets the job done! 



1 packet Sazon sprinkled all over the top of the: 
3.5 cups basmati rice (cooked set aside) 

7-10 garlic cloves minced 
2 tbsp ground ginger 
1 cup plain yogurt
2 lbs meat of your choice (cut up/ washed/drained)
1 box of Shan's Pilau Biryani  Mughal Style Meat Pilaf.
1 cup water if using chicken
2 cups water if using lamb/beef 

1 large onion sliced
1 red bell pepper sliced


1) Cook Basmati rice according to directions. The rice should be tender but not too soft, a little olive oil sprinkled on top helps keep it's loose consistency.

2) Lay in a wide shallow tray to air out while the meat is cooking. Sprinkle the packet of sazon on top of it, but don't mix it yet.

3) Take your washed and cut up meat and put it in a pot for stew. Add a tablespoon of oil and add the rest of the meat ingredients above. Add the water last and cook covered on medium heat until meat is tender and stock left is about 1-1.5 cups. (Approx 15-30 mins)

4) Fry your onions and bell pepper slices in some oil. Don't overcook it, keep it a little crisp.

5) Take the meat mixture and evenly distribute on top of the rice. Mix it up a bit. Then add the onions and peppers sliced, mixing it evenly.

Tandoori Chicken 

I like to use legs because it's flavors soak in better. It's up to you if you'd like to use different pieces.


8 Chicken Legs (washed/drained)
1 cup of yogurt
3 tbsp. Laxmi Tandoori Paste
1/2 tbsp. pink himalayan salt

Optional: butter, fresh lemon juice, and cilantro.


1) Make deep cuts/scores on the legs.

2) Mix the above ingredients together.

2) Refrigerate and let it marinate for 4-6 hours.

3) Bake covered at 350 degrees, for about an hour and half. After about an hour and 15 mins in, when it's cooked all the way through,  throw out some of the stock and put the oven on broil at 500 degrees. Uncover chicken after 10 mins, and then let it get browned to your liking.

4) When it's done brush butter on the chicken, sprinkle lemon juice, and freshly chopped onions and cilantro to top.