recipes with tandoori masala

 15 unique and incredible recipes with tandoori masala

Tandoori masala is a spice blend originated from the Indian subcontinent, Pakistan and Bangladesh. This masala  is characterized by its aromatic flavours.This tandoori masala is used as a marinade or seasoning for meats, vegetables, and other food items that are cooked in a charcoal tandoor (clay oven) or in an oven. The blend mixture includes ingredients such as red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala, garlic, ginger, and yogurt. Tandoori masala  gives a distinctive smoky and spicy flavor, as well as a vibrant reddish colour appearance, to the dishes prepared with it.

Tandoori dishes and masala gained international recognition and popularity in the mid-20th century when Indian restaurants around the world began serving tandoori dishes. These restaurants introduced people to the unique flavours of tandoori cooking. Due to increasing demand for tandoori dishes, Spice companies started producing pre-made spice blends for  tandoori masala. And makie it easier for home cooks and restaurants to replicate the authentic flavors of tandoori dishes. Today, tandoori masala is readily available in stores and can be found in various forms, including dry spice blends and marinades.

Ingredients required to make tandoori masala

  • Greek yogurt ( or overnight hung curd)
  • Ginger-garlic powder or paste
  • Garam masala powder
  • Ground cumin and coriander
  • Red chilli powder
  • Turmeric powder
  • Chat masala, rock salt 
  • Kasoori methi (fenugreek leaves)
  • Cooking oil or mustard oil
  • Salt
  • Lemon juice

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is tandoori masala spicy?

Yes depending upon the amount of red chilli powder used. You can adjust the spiciness according to your taste.

2. Can i use tandoori masala as dry rub?

Yes you can use it as adry rub for  roasting and grilling meats or vegetables.

3. Is tandoori masala gluten free?

Yes tandoori masala is gluten free as it does not contain any gluten containing addictives.

Here I am sharing the most loved recipes from around the world made using tandoori masala. These 15 recipes will surely make you crazy for tandoori masala.

1. Tandoori Chicken

tandoori chicken serving with green chutney ,onion and lemon wedges

Tandoori chicken is a chicken dish prepared by roasting or grilling either a whole chicken or leg and breast pieces over charcoal fire. Chicken or its pieces are marinated in a spiced based yogurt marination and typically roast in a tandoor till crisp golden.

2. Chicken Tikka masala 

Serving chciken tikka masala with steam rice

Chicken tikka masala is a delectable Indian dish that features succulent pieces of marinated chicken, known as tikka, simmered in a creamy tomato-based sauce or thick gravy. The chicken pieces are first marinated in a yogurt based marination with spices known as tandoori masala,and then cooked to perfection in a  charcoal fire tandoor or on a grill till done. These are then immersed in a smooth sauce made from tomatoes, cream, and spices such as cumin, coriander, and turmeric. This dish is celebrated for its unique combination of tender chicken,  rich, mildly spicy, and tangy sauce. Often served with naan, tandoori roti or rice, chicken tikka masala is a beloved staple around the world/

3. Tandoori cauliflower

tandoori cauliflower in a serving plate with sauce

Tandoori cauliflower is a delicious and popular Indian appetizer or a side dish known for its unique flavours and presentation. To make tandoori cauliflower, par boiled cauliflower florets are marinated in a mixture of yogurt and a blend of aromatic spices, like cumin, coriander, turmeric, paprika, garam masala, and ginger garlic paste. The marinated cauliflower is then traditionally cooked in a tandoor but it can also be roasted or grilled for a similar effect. The result is tender cauliflower with a smoky flavors from the spices. Tandoori cauliflower is often served with a drizzle of lemon juice and accompanied by mint chutney or yogurt-based dip.

4. Tandoori fish tikka

Tandoori fish tikka serving with chutney onion

Tandoori Fish Tikka is a popular Indian dish that consists of marinated fish pieces that are cooked in a tandoor. The fish is marinated in a mixture of yogurt and spices, known as tandoori masala. This tandoori masala gives the fish a flavorful and aromatic profile. The marinated fish is then skewered and cooked in the tandoor or can be baked in a regular oven, resulting in a dish with a smoky and charred flavors.

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5. Butter Chicken 

serving butter chicken on the top of steam rice

Butter chicken, also known as Murgh Makhani is a popular Indian dish known for its rich and creamy tomato-based sauce. Tender pieces of chicken are first marinated with tandoori masala and cooked in a traditional clay oven tandoor.Then those succulent and juicy chicken are cooked in a buttery tomato sauce, often with the addition of cream, honey, and various aromatic spices. Butter chicken is typically served with naan or rice.

6. Spicy tandoori tofu tikka

Spicy tandoori tofu tikka serving with onion chutney

Tandoori tofu is a delicious and vegan-friendly dish that combines culinary traditions of Indian tandoori cuisine with plant-based protein. In this dish, cubes of tofu are marinated in tandoori masala or a dairy-free alternative,. The marinated tofu is then traditionally cooked in a charcoal tandoor, but can also be grilled or baked for a similar smoky and charred flavour.

7. Tandoori Lamb Chops

Tandoori Lamb Chops serving

Tandoori lamb chops are a flavorful Indian dish made by marinating lamb chops in a mixture of yogurt and aromatic spices known as tandoori masala before cooking them in a charcoal tandoor or on a grill. The result is tender, succulent lamb with a smoky, charred flavor and a vibrant red or orange colour from kashmiri red chilly paste. These chops are known for their spicy, tangy, and slightly smoky taste, making them a popular choice for those seeking a delicious and spicy lamb meat.

8. Tandoori Vegetable Shewers

Tandoori Vegetable Shewers serving with mint chutney

Tandoori vegetable skewers are a delightful dish featuring an assortment of colorful vegetables, such as bell peppers, onions, cauliflower, potato, broccoli, mushrooms and zucchini, marinated with tandoori masala. These skewers of vegetables are then cooked in a tandoor giving them a crisp, tender and slightly charred outcome.. Tandoori vegetable skewers offer a smoky, tangy, and spicy making them a tasty and vegetarian-friendly option.

9. Tandoori Pulled Jackfruit

Tandoori Pulled Jackfruit vegan burger

Tandoori pulled jackfruit is a vegan dish. Jackfruit, with its natural stringy texture, is marinated in tandoori masala which includes spices likes cumin, coriander, and garam masala, along with yogurt or dairy-free yogurt for creaminess. Slow-cooked to perfection, the result is tender, smoky, and flavorful "pulled" jackfruit. This plant-based delight offers a satisfying and spicy alternative, making it a favorite among vegans and those seeking a meatless yet delicious meal option.

10. Tandoori Prawns 

tandoori prawns in a serving plate with mint chutney

Tandoori prawns are a seafood delight that captures the essence of Indian cuisine. Clean and devein prawns are first marinated with tandoori masala spices before being cooked to perfection in a charcoal fire tandoor oven or on the grill.The result is a smoky, juicy and slightly spicy dish.Tandoori prawns are a delectable appetizer or snacks that promise a taste of India's rich culinary heritage in every bite.

11. Tandoori roasted Chickpeas

Tandoori roasted Chickpeas in a serving bowl

Tandoori roasted chickpeas are a delicious and nutritious snack. These chickpeas are marinated in a blend of yogurt and tandoori seasonings which includes spices like cumin, coriander, paprika, and garam masala. Then roasted to crispy perfection in an oven. The result is a satisfying, crunchy snack with a smoky and slightly spicy kick.  Tandoori roasted chickpeas are vegetarian and protein-packed alternative to traditional roasted nuts, making them an ideal choice for those looking for a healthy and flavorful snack option.

12. Oven roasted Tandoori brussel

Oven roasted Tandoori brussel with shewers in a plate ,onion chutney in background

Oven roasted tandoori brussels sprouts are a mouthwatering twist on this classic vegetable brussels sprouts. These tender brussels sprouts are first coated in this delectable tandoori masala blend before being roasted to perfection in the oven. The result of this is a smoky, spicy flavoured brussels sprouts. This creates a savory and satisfying side dish or snack which you can enjoyed as a wholesome accompaniment to a meal or as a standalone treat.

13. Air fryer tandoori  potatoes

Air fryer tandoori  potatoes in a serving bowl

Air fryer tandoori potatoes are a new twist on the classic tandoori potatoes. In this recipe Potatoes are coated in tandoori masala including ingredients like cumin, coriander, paprika, and yogurt, and then air-fried to perfection. The result of this is crispy, golden potatoes with a rich, aromatic, smoky and slightly tangy flavours. The benefits of these air fryer tandoori potatoes are a healthier compare to traditional deep-frying, offering all the deliciousness of the classic dish with less oil and guilt. 

14. Tandoori Chicken tikka 

serving chciken tikka kebabs on the bed of salad

Chicken tikka kebabs are mouthwatering skewered and grilled or roasted chicken pieces that have been marinated in a blend of tandoori masala with other aromatic spices. This popular Indian dish boasts tender and juicy chicken with a slight smokiness from the grilling process. Chicken tikka kebabs offer a mouthwatering combination of savory and slightly spicy tastes that make them a favorite appetizer or main with butter naan or roti. Often served with mint chutney, onion slices and lemon wedges.

15. Tandoori momos

cridp tandoori momos in a plate, green chutney in background

Tandoori momos are a delicious and popular Indian street food dish that combines the flavoUrs of Tibetan dumplings (momos) with the cooking technique of tandoori cooking.

Tandoori momos is one of a variety of traditional momos which are marinated with tandoori masala and cooked over charcoal fire tandoor.. They are crisp and charred from outside and soft and juicy from inside.  Spiced fillings either of vegetables or chicken are wrapped into different shaped baskets inside thin layered rolled dough balls. These baskets are then deep fried till crisp golden and cooked by marinating with tandoori masala over charcoal fire.

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