Tender and juicy Murgh Malai Tikka are super easy to make and are bursting with flavor. Smothered in homemade marinade these tikkas will surely rock your barbecue party!
Summer is finally here and it’s time to fire up the grills. In summertime, outdoor grilling has its own charm. There is something about the smell and flavor of grilled food that you just can’t resist. I am hosting a neighborhood party and have Murgh Malai Tikka on the menu.
There will be all sort of yummy food ranging from barbecue wings, salsa, nachos, dips, oven roasted potatoes and my murgh malai tikka is a perfect fit for the party. These tender and juicy tikkas smothered in homemade marinade are so good that it will just melt-in-your-mouth.
My original plan was to cook tikkas over the grill but the plan was ruined due to the rains 🙁 , so had to do the grilling indoors in my oven. I guess this time everyone will miss that ‘grilled’ taste. Before I begin with the recipe, let’s talk about murgh malai tikka. ‘murgh’ means cubed pieces of chicken, ‘malai’ means cream and ‘tikka’ means pieces of meat marinated in a spicy mix. So Murgh malai tikka = small pieces of chicken cooked in a cream-yogurt-spice marinade and grilled to perfection.
In this homemade marinade, yogurt and cream helps to balance out the heat from the spices while adding a delicious burst of flavor in every bite.
Now on to the recipe!
Marinating is done in two steps.
- First – lemon juice and salt helps tenderize the chicken.
- Second – is the main marinade where all the spices, yogurt, cream, cilantro are mixed together to form a thick marinade.
Begin by preparing the marinade. Combination of chicken and cream in a marinade is THE best. Cream+yogurt+ cheese creates an amazing saucy marinade that moistens and infuse the flavor in these tikkas. Once the marinade is ready, smear it all over the chicken and refrigerate.
Traditionally, tikkas are cooked in clay ovens/tandoors and my initial plan was to grill them but weather didn’t cooperate. If everything works well for you weather wise, I would suggest cooking it over the grill.
As soon tikkas come of the grill/oven, smear it with butter and serve hot. I recommend pairing these tikkas with green chutney.
To make it a complete meal, place these tikkas on homemade chapatti (Indian bread), top with some sliced onions, lettuce and green chutney and enjoy it as a wrap.
This is truly one of my favorite summer-time grilling recipes and everyone just loves it. I hope you give it a try. Do give this yummy recipe a try and if you happen to make this recipe then either drop me a line below or share your yum pictures with me on facebook. Would love to see your creation!
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