Here's a collection of 10 easy and authentic Indian Tandoori Recipes to spice up your dinner table. And the best part is that you don't need a tandoor (traditional clay oven) to achieve that restaurant-style charred, juicy taste.
This list of tandoori recipes includes a mix of chicken, fish, meat, paneer, and vegetables. These are marinated in a traditional spice paste made of yogurt with a blend of delicious Indian spices, then grilled to perfection.
Learn more about Tandoori cooking: What is Tandoori?
Traditionally, tandoori recipes are cooked in a tandoor, a cylindrical clay oven that uses charcoal or wood to generate high heat. However, the recipes in this collection achieve that same taste and texture using modern cooking appliances, like the air fryer or oven.
Let's get started on this delicious collection of recipes!
Easy & Authentic Tandoori Recipes
Here is a collection of some of the most popular Tandoori recipes originating from the Indian subcontinent, including tandoori chicken. These recipes are part of the Indian Recipes Collection.
Tips for Great Results
- Make gashes: For more flavorful results, make ½-inch deep cuts in the meat so the marinade can seep in.
- Marinate: For best flavor, marinate the following for the time listed: Paneer: 30 minutes, Tofu / Veggies / Fish: 30 minutes - 1 hour, Chicken: 2-4 hours, Lamb / Beef: 4-6 hours. Chicken, beef, and lamb can also be marinated overnight, but for no more than 12 hours.
- Yogurt: Use plain, full-fat Greek yogurt for its thick texture, which will cling to the meat well and hold the spices intact.
- Ginger and garlic: Use fresh ginger and garlic in the marinade as opposed to dry powders.
- Lime: Fresh lime or lemon juice is always the best choice for the marinade. It not only imparts flavor but also helps tenderize the meat.
- Fresh herbs: Fresh herbs like cilantro and mint add vibrant color and flavor to the dishes.
- Check your spices: Spices release oil over time and lose flavor, so make sure your spices haven't gone stale.
Frequently Asked Questions
A dish can be called tandoori if it is marinated in yogurt and spices, then grilled in a tandoor, air fryer, or oven creating juicy, charred meat.
Tandoori spice mix mainly consists of garam masala, ground coriander, cumin, turmeric, Kashmiri red chili powder, and salt. Many times, dried and fresh herbs are also added to the spice blend to enhance flavor.
Restaurants often use red or orange food colors for tandoori dishes. However, you can achieve the red color naturally by combining turmeric and Kashmiri red chili powder.
Tandoori dishes are relatively low in fat and carbs, which makes them healthy. This cooking method doesn't require any oil for cooking.