Prep 3 h
Cook 10m


    1 kg chicken cubes, boneless

    Butter to baste

    2 large onions, sliced into rings

    8 green chilies, seeded and sliced

    Lemon wedges


    For the first marinade

    2 tsp garlic paste

    2 tsp ginger paste

    4 tsp yellow chili powder

    60 ml ( ¼ cup)  malt vinegar



    For the masala marinade

    2 tbsp mustard oil

    1 tbsp salted butter

    A generous pinch of black cumin seeds

    8 garlic cloves, chopped

    1 tbsp gram flour


    For the second marinade

    200 gms yoghurt

    30 gms labneh or cream cheese

    60 ml ( ¼ cup) cream

    2 tsp garlic paste

    2 tsp ginger paste

    ¾ tsp yellow chilli powder

    4 green chillies

    1 tbsp coriander


    For the garnish

    2 tsp saffron mixed in 2 tbsp cream

    Sliced onion rings

    Green chillies

    Lime wedges

    A generous pinch each of the following:

    Mango powder

    Black rock salt powder

    Fenugreek leaf powder

    Clove powder

    Cinnamon powder

    Nutmeg powder

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Ingredient Substitution Guide


1. The first marinade: mix all the ingredients and rub into the chicken pieces and leave for 30 minutes.

2. The masala marinade: heat mustard oil to a smoking point in a frying pan. Remove, cool down to a room temperature, add butter, reheat, add black cumin and stir over medium heat until they begin to crackle. Then add garlic, stir-fry until golden, add gram flour and stir-fry until it emits its unique nutty aroma. Remove, cool, evenly rub the chicken pieces with this masala and reserve for 30 minutes.

3. The second marinade: mix together all the ingredients of this marinade and rub into the chicken pieces and leave for one hour.

4. The oven: pre-heat to 180°C/350°F. Meanwhile, prepare the kebab skewers. Skewer the chicken pieces. Cook in the pre-heated oven for 7-8 minutes, baste and roast for another 2-3 minutes.

5. To serve: place it on a platter, brush with saffron cream, powdered spices and serve with onion rings, green chilies and lime wedges.

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