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Updated: Oct 29, 2022

The History of Tandoori Chicken


Tandoori chicken is a dish of roasted chicken marinated in yogurt and generously spiced, giving the meat its trademark red color. It's named for the cylindrical clay oven during which it's cooked, a tandoor. Tandoori chicken quickly became popular throughout South Asia and therefore the Middle East also as in Western countries. The spices most ordinarily used include a mixture called tandoori masala (typically cayenne pepper, garlic, ginger, onion, and garam masala), red flavored or Kashmiri flavored, and sometimes turmeric and paprika. Tandoori chicken is usually served on the bones.


Cooking isn't about exact measurements or exact techniques, instead, it's an ‘art with heart’ of somewhat following a recipe, going with approximates, and tweaking if required.


If tomatoes aren't available, find a substitute, or not; turmeric, cumin, coriander or any spice label with an empty bottle must not substitute the way of you and therefore the perfect meal.

Cooking involves loving yourself and therefore the ones you cook for, it’s about learning the art of making something absolutely beautiful; very similar to parenthood.


The ingredients for the 2 are similar but only such a lot, Tandoori Chicken has more spices and its traditional cooking is during a tandoor (clay oven), while the tikka is cooked on a standard home or commercial grill. Needless to mention, both are often made to a T in an oven also.


Tandoori cooking originated in ancient Harappa and Moenjodaro; it's also widely believed that tandoors, dating back almost 2500 years, were unearthed in Rajasthan, India.

Soft white balls of yeasted dough are rolled into flat cakes, which are draped over a round cloth pillow called a Gandhi and pressed onto the recent inner walls of the tandoor, where they puff, blister, and brown in minutes.


The searing heat and smoke, and moisture-retaining properties of the tandoor, make it equally effective for roasting meat on vertical skewers, a delicacy mentioned by the Indian surgeon Sushruta as early because of the eighth century B.C. Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor who built the Taj Mahal, held the tandoor in such high esteem he had a transportable metal model constructed to require on his travels, [to make his favorite chicken and lamb dishes].


In spite of its ancient origins and utter simplicity, the tandoor produces startlingly sophisticated results, including smoky flatbreads that puff like pillows, and roasted meats of uncommon succulence.


Tandoor cooking uses four distinct techniques. Direct heat rises from the charcoal, a process like grilling. The recent clay walls of the oven cook bread, almost like griddling or skillet-roasting. Radiant heat within the belly of the tandoor produces results almost like convection baking. And smoke, which occurs because the marinade and meat juices drip onto the recent coals, adds fragrance and flavor.


Madurai Moskva Hotel
Madurai Moskva Hotel

Originally, meat wasn't cooked in Indian tandoors because it had been difficult to realize sufficient succulent tenderness. However, under the method of meat tenderizing ingredients like juice, yogurt, raw papaya, and raw pineapple, meat was introduced to the warmth of the tandoor.


It is claimed that the fashionable day Tandoori Chicken is the brainchild of Kundan Lal Gujrat. Gujrat was born in Chakwal and his idea for the new age Tandoori Chicken was introduced to the subcontinent in pre-partition Peshawar.


Though it's to be noted that chicken and lamb were being made within the tandoor from the time of Moghul Emperor Jahangir, the ingredients, however, were different from those utilized in tandoori chicken by Gujrat.


Prior to 1947 Gujrat owned a restaurant within the part of the subcontinent that falls, currently, within Pakistani territory, and at the time of partition, he bound up his business and moved to Delhi.


The history of tandoori chicken which I share with you today is my favorite, And it had been very famous in the Madurai City of Moskva Hotel.

Moskva Hotel has easy access Gandhi Museum (Located within 2 km), Moskva Hotel Madurai, features a 24-hour front desk, free wired internet, and proximity (500 m) to the famous Madurai Meenakshi Temple. The property is located 12 km from Madurai Airport. We are located near Madurai primary railway station. Nayak Palace is 2 km away. This allows convenient access in and around Madurai.

Moskva Hotel Madurai aims to provide to all our guests, with a safe, comforting, and enjoyable stay.

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