Recipe

Creamy Hara Murgh Tikka

I spent Easter almost entirely in bed. Resurrecting briefly to make nibbles for a friend’s party.

I know. I swore I would never cater again after the last experience.

But he asked so nicely. And the other option was hastily planned dinner cooked by his other friend.

I arrived with a bright yellow Selfridges bag filled with the goodies. The guests inspected the contents with interest.

Murgh hara tikka. Oooh!

Vegetable kebabs. Nice.

Roasted aubergine dip. Interesting…

Tesco Supermarket Naan?!?

There really is no pleasing some people…

The vegetable kebabs were the alter ego of quick cooking and will NEVER feature on this site. But the creamy Hara Murgh Tikkas were a resounding success, served with a spicy mint and coriander chutney to make a decent impression.

Worth getting out of bed for, standing in the firing line and much much more.

 

 

Ingredients

Feeds 10-15:

Murgh Hara Tikka

  • 1.5 kgs chicken breast
  • 140 ml sour cream
  • 4 tbsp thick, full fat natural yogurt
  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 6 cloves
  • 6 green cardamoms
  • Quarter tsp freshly-grated nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp meat tenderiser
  • Handful of fresh coriander leaves
  • 2 green chillies
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • Salt to taste

Dhaniya Pudina chutney

  • 125 gm fresh coriander leaves
  • 125 gm fresh mint leaves
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 green finger chillies
  • Salt to taste

Method

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Preheat the oven to 190 degrees centigrade (400 degrees Fahrenheit).

Cut the chicken breasts into large bite-sized chunks. Normally I never use chicken breasts, but these are going to be beaten into submission with the tenderiser and marinade.

Sprinkle the whole spices onto a baking tray and heat for a minute. Turn the oven off. Then blitz the spices in a food processor with all the ingredients bar the oil and tenderiser. Add salt to make a strong marinade.

In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients and leave to sit for an hour or as long as you can. When you are ready to go, preheat the oven again and bake for 10 minutes on either side.

While the chicken is cooking, make the chutney. Discard the hard stalks on the herbs and puree all the ingredients together to make a spicy, tangy green sauce.

Arrange the kebabs around a little pot of chutney and enjoy hot or cold.

 

Comments

8 Responses to “Creamy Hara Murgh Tikka”

  1. Meena Says:

    March 26th, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    This looks delicious! I often make use of a quicker version and marinate the chicken pieces in chutney and yoghurt before grilling them. Love a good looking tikka anyday!

  2. Planethalder Says:

    March 27th, 2008 at 4:55 am

    And what were you doing in bed, my dear ;-) Something very very naughty I hope!

  3. LiberalFoodie Says:

    March 27th, 2008 at 6:26 am

    I’ve made these before with mint, coriander, green chillies, nutmeg and yogurt. Sour cream, fennel and cardomom add an interesting touch, I am sure. Does the fennel make it a little liquorice? The husband isn’t a fan of fennel, except after dinner so I am hesitant to use it. I made a whole roasted chicken with cumin and fennel once, and unfortunately had to eat it all myself. took me a long time to finish it!

  4. Shoba Says:

    April 3rd, 2008 at 7:41 am

    Murgh Hara Tikka looks yummy, i will try this this weekend.. PLease make a post on Vegetable kebabs tooo….
    Thanks

  5. Mallika Says:

    April 4th, 2008 at 3:35 am

    Hi Mark – Paragraph four says mix together all the ingredients. That’s when the tenderiser goes in. For future ref I also have a glossary for these weird and wonderful ingredients. I do hope you’ll try the recipe. I acually buy temderiser in my local convenience stote downstairs.

  6. Mark Says:

    April 4th, 2008 at 2:52 am

    These sound great, and I’ll definitely be giving it a try.

    But is there a paragraph missing? I’m wondering when the meat tenderiser is used? I’d never heard of it before and had to do a google search to find out what it was ;-)

  7. Quick Indian Cooking » Seekh kebabs for best-laid plans Says:

    August 20th, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    […] with me. Turned the grill on. Cooked a few to perfection. And ate them with copious amounts of Dhaniya Pudina Chutney and tomato […]

  8. cammie Says:

    February 10th, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    have you ever made the chutney to preserve in jars? My GF is the Indian food fan and there is food waste when I cook only for her. I’d like to preserve the chutney, but am only a budding Indian cook. (It’s a bit difficult when you dont taste anything you make)great site, by the way

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