Tandoori malai chicken is posh chicken at its best!
When I started writing my blog, I’d already been cooking Indian food for about 18 years. Like many of you, I got through my share of cookbooks and made hundreds of recipes. One of my favourites was authentic chicken malai.
I was quite good at cooking other people’s recipes but had very few of my own. It took starting a blog and knowing the basics before I actually began developing my own recipes.
Developing my own recipes is one part of writing my blog that I enjoy most. That and learning new unique recipes and techniques from chefs that are taking Indian food to a new level. This chicken malai is one of those recipes on a very high level!
Nowadays, I still look at the odd new Indian cookbook, but I prefer getting out there and learning from the best chefs. I learned this chicken malai recipe from my chef friend Palash Mitra.
Palash Mitra is one of the most talented and passionate chefs I’ve ever had the honour of meeting. I met him when he was Head Chef of Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London.
Following is Palash’s tandoori chicken malai recipe which I helped him prepare at the him prepare at Scarfes Bar. Believe me… this chicken malai is as good as chicken malai gets.
Palash, who once worked under one of my all time food heroes Chef Vivek Singh, took me through his chicken malai recipe step by step. He mixed all of the ingredients by hand and then rubbed them into the chicken to marinate for 24 hours.
After trying the malai chicken at Scarfes Bar, I knew I had to make it myself.
I took home with me not only Palash’s recipe but a few preparation techniques which I now apply to all my tandoori recipes.
For a food blogger, this information is like gold! For the casual home cook, recipes like this will make family and guests think you are an expert Indian chef.
So give this chicken malai recipe a go. Be sure to leave a comment and let Palash and me know what you thought of it. 🙂
If you like this one as much as I think you will, be sure to try Palash’s tandoori prawns!
UPDATE: This chicken malai recipe features in my red cookbook ‘The Curry Guy’.
A couple of years after writing this blog post, I was offered my first cookbook deal. There was no doubt in my mind that this chicken malai had to go in it! It has become one of the most popular recipes in the cookbook. You can purchase your copy here.
I now hold cookery classes here in the UK and at Villa Jousselin with Big in France near La Rochelle, France and this chicken malai recipe is always one I have guests to my classes try. The recipe is a bit hidden in my cookbook so for many of them who have my books, this chicken malai is still new to them and they love it.
International & UK Orders
- 500g chicken thighs deboned and diced
- 1 tbsp. ginger- garlic paste
- 2 tsp. green chillies, finely chopped with seeds
- 2 tsp. ginger, finely chopped
- 3 tbsp. corn oil
- 1 tsp. turmeric powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. sandalwood powder (optional)
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 tbsp. Greek style yoghurt
- 120 ml double cream
- A few strands of saffron
- ½ tsp. Royal cumin
- 2 tbsp. chopped garlic
- 2 tbsp. coriander, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp. cream cheese
- Pour the oil into a deep bowl and add the ginger-garlic paste, salt, turmeric, chopped green chillies, ginger, lemon juice and saffron.
- Add the chicken pieces and one half of the cream. Mix well and add the sandlewood powder if using. Rub this into the chicken to marinate while you prepare the second marinade.
- Heat the ghee over a low flame and add the royal cumin (black cumin) and let it splutter.
- Let this cool to room temperature.
- Pour this mixture over the chicken and then add the rest of the cream, the cream cheese, coriander and the yogurt.
- Allow to marinate for 24 hours.
- To cook the chicken, thread them onto skewers and grill over medium heat untill cooked through.
- Alternately bake in an oven at 180c for 6-8 minutes or until cooked through.