Posted on | June 20, 2010 | 48 Comments |
Once upon a time, a girl and a boy fresh out of college moved to a big city far away from home to pursue their dream jobs. They were both living away from home for the first time, all determined to enjoy the new found freedom and were making more money than they had ever dreamed of; the combination was dangerous. They started living it up, partying hard, life was fun and easy and they never worried about the future for even a single second.
One day a mutual friend introduced the boy and the girl, it wasn’t love at first sight, but the girl remembers thinking that this boy had the dreamiest eyes she’d ever seen. They started hanging out, first as part of a big group then slowly they started spending more time as a twosome. These two individuals who had totally different hobbies, had just one interest in common – they both loved to eat, in fact some would say they lived to eat.
They were regulars at many restaurants in town, but weekend evenings were reserved for their favorite Pub in town. They would sit and talk for hours over countless pitchers of beer and Tangdi Kababs- chicken drumsticks marinated in spices and grilled to perfection. Tangy, spicy and juicy, they were both addicted to those heavenly kababs. The girl still thinks that her ability to neatly polish the meat off the bones of plates after plates of those kababs is what really made him fall for her, but all that matters to the story is that falling they did for each other, somewhere along the way.
After a few twists and turns in the plot, eventually they moved to a different country, got married and lived happily ever after. The girl still thanks her lucky stars that the guy she fell for turned out to be the nicest guy she had ever come across, even though what attracted her to him in the first place were his bad boy qualities. Their mutual love of good food is still a major part of their relationship, and they still miss those tangdi kababs, the best they’ve ever had!
So, anyone else in the mood for some spicy, tangy kababs after that story? I’ve been trying to recreate that taste ever since I heard this story and here is my version .
- 8 Chicken Drumsticks
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced ginger pieces
- 12 cloves of garlic
- 2 tbsp thinly sliced shallots
- 6 green chilies
- 1/4 cup thick yogurt
- 4 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp red chili powder
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp garam masala
- 1 tbsp oil
Remove all the loose skin from the drumsticks and make a few slits on the flesh.
Grind all the ingredients except for the chicken and the oil to form a smooth paste.
Apply the paste liberally all over the chicken and marinate for minimum 1 hour, or overnight in the fridge.
Preheat the oven to 400F.
Line an ovenproof pan with aluminum foil, coated with oil. Arrange the wings in the pan, making sure the wings are not touching each other. Reserve the remaining marinade.
Cook for about 6 minutes, remove from the oven, turn the wings around and pour the reserved marinade over.
Reduce the oven temperature to 350F and return the pan to the oven. Cook for 35-40 minutes, rotating the pieces once half way through till the chicken pieces are cooked.
Serve hot with sliced onions and pieces of lemon to squeeze over.
If you are serving these to guests, you might want to wrap the bony ends of the drumsticks in foil, to avoid the messy fingers.