Tandoori Recipes

Tandoori Chicken

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Tandoori Chicken is probably among India's most famous foods! It is what has brought the Tandoor (clay oven) and foods cooked in it to prominence. There is nothing to beat the lovely smokey flavor cooking in a Tandoor creates in foods. From bread to Kababs and curries, there's a lot you can cook Tandoori style. However, since most people don't have a Tandoor in their backyard, all my recipes have been written with instructions for cooking in an oven or on the grill or barbecue. 

  • 01 of 07

    Tandoori Chicken

    Tandoori Chicken
    Elaine Lemm

    Among the most famous Indian foods, tandoori chicken is loved by people the world over. Boneless chicken is cubed and marinated in a mixture of lemon juice, yogurt, garlic, tomato, and spices including garam masala. Traditionally tandoori chicken is cooked in a clay tandoor, but it is equally as good when baked in the oven.

  • 02 of 07


    Naan leavened Indian flatbread recipe

    The Spruce / Olivia Mindelle

    Naans are traditionally cooked in a Tandoor or earthen oven but can also be made in your oven at home. Serve this delicious bread hot, with popular dishes like Tandoori Chicken or kebabs of different kinds. The dough for Naans needs to be made in advance, so factor that into the preparation time.

  • 03 of 07

    Chicken Tikka

    Chicken tikka

    The Spruce


    The word Tikka means bits, pieces or chunks. Chicken Tikka is an easy-to-cook dish in which chicken chunks are marinated in special spices and then grilled on skewers. Chicken Tikka can also be made into Chicken Tikka Masala, a tasty gravy dish.

  • 04 of 07

    Chicken Tikka Masala

    Chiken Tikka Masala
    Chiken Tikka Masala. Image © Yogi Studio/ Getty Images

    Chicken Tikka Masala is a delicious dish in which pre-marinated pieces of chicken are grilled and then added to a thick creamy gravy. The result is a lovely smokey flavor. Serve Chicken Tikka Masala with hot Naans (leavened Tandoor-baked flatbread).

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  • 05 of 07

    Tandoori Paneer Tikka

    Tandoori Paneer Tikka recipe

    The Spruce

    Soft, juicy chunks of paneer marinated in Tandoori masala and then grilled with veggies! This is a great dish to serve at your next barbeque.

  • 06 of 07

    Bihari Kabab

    Bihari Kabab

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     Enjoy this grilled North-Indian kabab with piping hot Naans.

  • 07 of 07

    Reshmi Kabab

    Indian chicken kebab
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    This delicious kabab gets its name from the juicy, succulence of the meat used to make it. The meat gets this way thanks to the marinade in which it is soaked. Serve it with Mint-Coriander Chutney, thinly sliced onions and hot Naans (recipe above).