Contributed by: News Canada
(NC) - Using a tandoori paste from a jar makes this spicy chicken dish fast and easy. Marinate the meat at the cottage in the morning, or combine the chicken and marinade and marinate overnight in the refrigerator before leaving for the cottage the next day. This marinade is also lovely for grilled lamb chops. You can make the raita at home and bring it along in the cooler.
Marinate chicken in a combination of tandoori paste and yogurt for several hours or overnight in refrigerator.
Thread chicken accordion fashion on bamboo skewers that have been soaked in hot water for 30 minutes. Discard marinade. Preheat barbecue grill to 550 F. After pre-heating grill, adjust all burners to medium heat. Lightly brush each piece of chicken with olive oil then grill over direct medium heat for 8-10 minutes, just until chicken is cooked through.
To make raita, seed and finely chop the cucumber and tomato paste. Salt the vegetables and let stand for 30 minutes to remove some of the excess moisture. Line a mesh strainer with a coffee filter, set it over a bowl and drain the yogurt over the coffee filter and bowl in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
Discard liquid and place the yogurt in a bowl. Drain the vegetables and add to the yogurt. Stir in the chopped cilantro and roasted cumin. Season with pepper to taste and refrigerate. Raita may be made up to two days ahead.
Serve chicken immediately with lots of turmeric-scented basmati rice and some of the raita on the side.
Serving Size: Makes 4 Servings
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