Tandoori nights…

by Sunita on May 27, 2007

the first night…
the second night…

No, I’m not referring to the all famous BBC sitcom of the same name, way back in the mid- nineteen eighties with the all famous star cast of Saeed Jaffrey and Zohra Sehgal.

For those of you who might be wondering as to what I’m talking about, ‘Tandoori Nights’ was a BBC comedy which told the story of Jimmy Sharma (played by Saeed Jaffrey), involved in the restaurant trade for many a year since opening his first restaurant in Brick Lane, in the East of London. He has worked his way to owning the opulent Dining room ‘The Jewel in the Crown’, successful for more than ten years. Rashid, a discontented Bengali writer, leaves his employ and opens a rival restaurant, ‘The Far Pavilions’, right across the road, it’s flock wall paper proving that his flock is a little less exclusive. The comedy revolved around the in-fighting between the rival restaurants and problems among the staff and Jimmy’s family.(had to refer to the BBC to refresh my memory of this sitcom which I really enjoyed)

Well, did I just say that I was not referring to the above sitcom…as I was saying, we’ve been having a couple of tandoori nights, and I literally mean tandoori nights…

The weather has sobered down a bit as it has been drizzling for quite a while now and hence the oven has been turned on to dish out both these delicacies, and that too on alternate days… Dinesh is having a ball…

Let’s start with the fishy one-

What’s needed-

4 fillets of rainbow trout(or any fish of preference)
1 and 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp parsley (dried)
1 tblsp oil
1 tblsp yogurt
salt to taste

How to-

Marinate the fillets with all of the above for 3-4 hours.

Place on greased baking trays and bake in a preheated oven at 250 deg cel.

Turn over a couple of times till nicely browned and the flesh is cooked through.(oops!!! did’nt time it)

Serve hot on a bed of salad and enjoy!!!

Now for the chickeny version-

What’s needed-

16 pieces of skinless chicken
paste of 2 inch ginger and 7-8 pods of garlic
1 C yoghurt
2 tsp cumin powder
2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp chilli powder( or according to the heat level)
3-4 tblsp of oil
salt to taste

How to-

Score the chicken and marinate with all the rest of the ingredients for 5-6 hours, or better still overnight.

Bake on racks in a pre- heated oven at 250 deg cel for 1 and 1/2 hrs(approx) or till evenly browned and the flesh is thoroughly cooked through. Turn over a couple of times and baste with oil or ghee.

Serve hot on a bed of salad and dig in!!!
Of course it’s a far cry from those that are dished out at every nook and corner of Delhi and Gurgaon…oh!!! those were heavenly… but then, they’re out of reach and what I dish up is what we get to have …it’s as simple as that!!!

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nupur May 27, 2007 at 7:57 pm

That sitcom was so awesome! Oh, I so wish I could see it again now.


2 trupti May 27, 2007 at 8:26 pm

I haven’t seen the sitcom. I loved Saaed Jaffry’s role in ‘Masoom’, he’s such a wonderful actor….though not in every film though! there are some roles he should have just stayed away from!

Tandoori chicken is not for me….I think K will like this one better, he loves such recipes.


3 Sukanya Ramkumar May 27, 2007 at 9:53 pm

Hay this looking delish!…. I also posted tandoori chicken a couple of months before…Urs photos are nice…


4 sunita May 28, 2007 at 8:14 am

Nupur, it was such a good one, wasn’t it…I too wish the same…nice to have you over…


5 sunita May 28, 2007 at 8:16 am

Trupti,go ahead and treat K…love having you here…


6 sunita May 28, 2007 at 8:18 am

Sukanya,thanks…it’s such a great one, isn’t it…


7 Cynthia May 28, 2007 at 11:16 pm

I would have loved to see that sitcom!

Both tandorri(s) are yummy.


8 WokandSpoon May 29, 2007 at 7:32 am

Hello. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love tandoori fish but I add a touch of chili powder in my seasoning (too much and my husband starts complaining!) – mmmm.


9 sunita May 29, 2007 at 9:36 am

Cynthia, wish you could…it was really enjoyable…nice to have you over…


10 sunita May 29, 2007 at 9:41 am

wokandspoon,welcome to my world…we are not that gaga about too much of chilli, so our food is generally toned down a bit…nice to have you over…


11 Richa May 29, 2007 at 12:21 pm

yup, i remember the show :)
pics look good, i use this marinade for my paneer :)


12 sunita May 29, 2007 at 7:59 pm

Richa,yes, even paneer tastes good…nice to have you over…


13 Mandira May 29, 2007 at 8:03 pm

I used to love tandoori nights. Are there DVDs available? the tandoori fish and chicken look awesome.


14 sunita May 29, 2007 at 8:17 pm

Mandira, it was a really great sitcom…I’m not sure about the DVDs…nice to have you over…


15 Sig May 30, 2007 at 7:04 am

Sunita, Tandoori nights sounds like the nights I should be having, not the sitcom ones, but the ones where I can actually have those amazing looking fish and chicken! The fish especially looks very tempting.


16 sunita May 30, 2007 at 12:13 pm

Sig,thanks and welcome back…must be refreshed after your break…


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