Chicken Tikka

Chicken tikka is extremely popular and favorite in all over Pakistan, but there are few places which serve the best tasting tikka, And home BBQ parties begin to trend in Pakistan over the last decade and now people are expert. This is my recipe when we did this at home in last holidays and everyone loved it. Its not too spicy but you can adjust the spice level according to your taste. Try my recipe and give a thumbs up because I know, you are gonna LOVE it ❤

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 kilo chicken with bones, cut into tikka boti
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tspn red chilli powder
  • 1 tspn red chilli fakes
  • 1 tbspn garlic paste
  • 1 tspn ginger paste
  • 2 green chillies (paste)
  • ½ tspn meat tenderizing powder
  • 1 tbspn coriander powder
  • 1 tspn shahi cumin
  • 1 tspn carom seeds
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • Few drops of yellow food colour
  • 2 tbspns lemon juice
  • ½ tspn cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup hung curd (yogurt with minimum water)
  • Some ghee for glazing while BBQing

Method

  • Wash, clean and dry chicken and place it in a mixing bowl which is wide and deep.
  • Mix in all the spices and add ginger, garlic and green chilli paste with lemon juice and massage the chicken for good 10 minutes. This will allow the spices to penetrate in chicken.
  • Mix in yogurt and keep aside for 2 hours.
  • Heat the charcoal BBQ and thread the chicken pieces on metal skewers. 5 – 6 pieces per skewer and grill for about 3 minutes per side. Brush on some ghee and grill for further minute on each side.
  • Take them off the skewers and serve hot with naan, salad and raita.

Chicken Tikka Boti

Classic BBQ dish of Pakistani Cuisine. Tender pieces of chicken thighs marinated in spices and herbs, grilled over charcoal……. yumm……… the recipe below is very hot, you can adjust the heat per your taste by adjusting the amount of chillies and chilli pastes. I love it!

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 5 large chicken thighs (boneless, cut into cubes)
  • 2 tbspns vinegar
  • 2 tbspns lemon juice
  • 1 cup thick yogurt
  • Some salt
  • Some chicken salt
  • 1 tbspn crushed red chillies
  • 1 tbspn green chilli paste
  • 1 tbspn ginger & garlic (crushed fresh)
  • ½ tspn turmeric
  • ½ tspn garam masala
  • 1 tspn coriander powder
  • ½ tspn cumin seeds
  • 1 tspn dried fenugreek leaves
  • ½ tspn black pepper

Procedure:

-Take a deep mixing bowl and put chicken in it. Add all the spices and seasoning and mix well. Then add lemon juice, vinegar and yogurt.

-Keep aside for 20 – 30 minutes (not longer than this as it contains vinegar and lemon, they will break the chicken to the point that we won’t be able to screw it on the skewers).

-Start preheating your BBQ grill now.

-Thread the chicken pieces on the metal skewers (7 – 8 pieces per skewer).

-Grill the tikkas on medium heat for about 6 minutes per side (turning occasionally) and serve hot with kachumar salad, naan and raita.

Chicken Malai Tikka

Chicken Malai Tikka…….. another gem of Mughal era. Tender chicken thigh pieces, marinated in herbs, spices, cream and cheese, barbecued over charcoal pieces, yummmmmmm they literally melt in your mouth.

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 5 large chicken thighs (boneless, cut into cubes)
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup crumbled cheddar cheese (tasty)
  • ½ tspn meat tenderizer powder
  • Some salt
  • Some chicken salt
  • 1 tspn cracked black pepper
  • ½ tspn crushed white pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic (very finely chopped)
  • ½ tspn garam masala
  • 1 tspn dried fenugreek leaves

Procedure:

-Take a deep mixing bowl and put chicken in it. Add all the spices and seasoning and mix well. Then add crumbled cheddar cheese and sour cream and mix well.

-Keep aside for 20 – 30 minutes (not longer than this as it contains meat tenderizer, it will break the chicken to the point that we won’t be able to screw them on the skewers).

-Start preheating your BBQ grill now.

-Thread the chicken pieces on the metal skewers (7 – 8 pieces per skewer).

-Grill the tikkas on medium heat for about 6 minutes per side (turning occasionally) and serve hot with kachumar salad, naan and raita.

Boneless Chicken Tikka Karahi

Chicken Tikka Karahi, my own variation of chicken karahi. I really like the BBQ flavour of chicken tossed in well blended sauce of tomatoes, spices and herbs. Not too spicy not too hot, once you will try it, you will make it again and again……

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg chicken boneless, skinless thighs (cut into cubes)
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 2 tbspns vinegar
  • Salt
  • Red chilli powder
  • ½ tspn turmeric
  • ½ tspn coriander powder
  • ½ tspn cumin seeds (roughly crushed)
  • ½ tspn dried fenugreek leaves
  • ½ tspn cracked black pepper
  • ½ tspn garam masala
  • ½ tspn chaat masala
  • ½ tspn chicken salt

FOR KARAHI

  • A splash of oil
  • A tspn of ghee
  • 3 tomatoes cut into thin ring slices
  • 2 green chillies large (cut into pieces)
  • Some fresh coriander leaves
  • Some salt and red chillies (Be careful with the quantities as chicken is also spiced)
  • 1 tspn freshly grated ginger
  • Some ginger juliennes

Procedure:

-Marinade the chicken in all of the ingredients given above and refrigerate for 30 mins.

-Screw them onto the skewers. Grill for 5 minutes per side on your preheated BBQ.

-Take the meat off the skewers and start preparing karahi.

-For karahi, heat oil in a wok, add ghee and let it melt. Now add the ginger and fry until it starts spluttering. Add tomatoes, salt and red chilli. Let it cook until the tomatoes get soft. Add green chillies and mix.

-Now add grilled chicken pieces, cover the pan and let it cook on low heat for 10 minutes.

-Give it a final stir. If its watery, cook on high flame until the water evaporates. Garnish with ginger juliennes and coriander. Serve hot.

Grilled Cob/ Grilled Sweet Corn

My favorite side BBQ dish, unlike Nandos I don’t like any peri peri sauce on it. I like it with light butter or as it is …..

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 4 sweet corn cobs
  • Some butter to serve

Procedure:

-Preheat BBQ grill. Place the cobs on the grill on low to medium heat in a way that corn sits around the fire (not on the fire).

-When it starts changing its color or become deep yellow in color, roll the sides. When the cob is deep yellow from all the sides then put it on fire side and give it a nice colour (Do not burn).

-Serve with some butter on top.

Porterhouse Steak

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Love it!

Ingredients:

  • 2 porterhouse steaks (ask your butcher for steaks with a layer of fat on the side)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbspns olive oil
  • Some salt
  • 1 tspn red chilli flakes
  • 1 tspn butter

Procedure:

-Mix all the ingredients given for marination in a bowl. Place the steak meat on a shallow plate and pour over this mixture all over. Leave it for 30 minutes and flip the sides of the steak.

-Leave for 30 minutes on the other side.

-Heat your BBQ to 180 degrees, if you don’t have a temperature controlled BBQ grill then heat it 15 minutes prior to grilling on medium heat.

-Place your steaks on the hot plate of your grill and cook for 15 minutes per side with the BBQ lid closed.

-Then 2 minutes per side on the grill part to give grilled texture.

-Take it out onto a plate and put some butter on top. Serve hot with grilled asparagus, mushrooms, pepper and potato mash.

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