Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 small chicken , skin removed

  2. 1 tsp flakes sea salt

  3. 3/4 tsp red chilli powder

  4. 4 cm ginger , very finely grated

  5. 1 tbsp lemon juice

  6. 1 tbsp malt vinegar

  7. 1 1/2 tsp cumin seeds

  8. 75 g skinned pistachio nuts , coarsely ground

  9. 2 tbsp rose water

  10. 1 hard-boiled egg , yolk only, mashed

  11. 1 green chilli , finely chopped, with seeds

  12. 40 g paneer , grated

  13. 100 ml Greek yogurt

  14. 1/2 tsp salt

  15. 1/2 tsp garam masala

  16. 1/4 tsp red chilli powder

  17. 1/4 lemons , juice only

  18. 1/2 tsp sea salt

  19. 1/4 tsp carom seeds , (ajwain), ground

  20. 1 tbsp pure ghee , available in cans from specialist stores

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Method 1. Using a sharp knife, make deep incisions all over the chicken, across the breast, legs and back - right through to the bone.

  2. Combine the salt, chilli powder and grated ginger and rub this paste into the slashes. Spoon the lemon juice and vinegar evenly all over the chicken. Leave on one side for 20 minutes.

  3. Preheat the oven to 220C/gas 8.

  4. Remove the chicken from its lemony juices and pat dry to remove excess moisture.

  5. For the yogurt mixture: season the yogurt with the salt, garam masala and chilli powder and use to rub all over the chicken. Put the chicken on a rack and set in a roasting tin.

  6. Cook the chicken in the oven for 25 minutes until half-done. Remove and leave to cool slightly. While it's roasting, make the spiced pistachio nut paste 7. For the pistachio paste: heat a small, sturdy frying pan over a moderate heat and lightly toast the cumin seeds for about 30 seconds - until they give off a lovely toasted aroma. Using a mortar and pestle, pound the seeds to a powder.

  7. Add the powdered cumin to the coarsely ground pistachio nuts and stir in the rose water, hard-boiled egg yolks, chopped green chilli, grated paneer and the salt. Combine everything until smooth.

  8. Quarter the chicken, then using your fingers, spread the pistachio mixture over the chicken portions, pushing it into the incisions, and return to the oven for around 10-15 minutes. (You can also leave the chicken whole, but it will need a little longer in the oven. It is ready when the juices run clear when the thigh is pierced with a sharp knife.) 7. To serve: serve the chicken straight away, drizzled with lemon juice and finished with a sprinkling of rock salt and carom seed powder. Brush over some ghee to glaze the chicken. About Manjit Gill With over three decades of culinary experience behind him, Manjit Gill has made cooking his life’s passion. He has specialised in European and north Indian cuisine. In January 2007, he received a “Life Time Achievement” national award from the Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India. He currently works as a corporate chef for the luxury hotel company, ITC WelcomGroup.


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