Soft and juicy chicken chunks marinated in a mildly spicy and tangier Indian Achari Masala – Achari Chicken Tikka is a definite crowd pleaser. Serve with mint yogurt dip for a rendezvous!
“My hero doesn’t wear a cape or tights; he doesn’t have superpowers and he can’t lift cars, but he wears stars on his shoulders and fights to defend his country. And that is enough for me.”
Early March, like any other blogger, saw me in a crisis. Day in and day out I pondered over what my theme should be for the yearly #AtoZChallenge. With the help from some of my dear friends, I arrived at a conclusion that my theme would revolve around party foods. However, something was amiss and as I typed the Theme Reveal post during the last week of the month, I knew what I should be doing.
So ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, if you are wondering what I’m blabbering here, just know that you are going to find some quick and sumptuous party foods along with a slice of my life as an Army Wife.
A few days later after I got married to my soldier and stepped foot into this lifestyle, I realized that I am expected to grow overnight from a young girl to a lady. I had to groom my skills in the culinary art as it was indispensable in coping with the constant stream of parties and get-togethers that I had to participate in.
From a simple ‘dropping-in’, coffee mornings, entertaining a bunch of ravenous Young Officers at midnight, picnics and children’s parties to entertaining dignitaries and foreign delegations, an Army Wife has to rise to all occasions.
Our chequerboard lifestyle is bonded together by continuous meetings over meals.
I wasn’t born a great cook, in fact, I never even knew how to make a perfect cup of Chai before I was engaged. So all that I learnt over the years is through the trial and error method. Also, phone calls with Mom and Dad (they have exceptional talent in this forte), referring various cookbooks and food blogs, watching my favorite food channels on television and youtube, and getting inputs from fellow Army Wives has definitely helped in my grooming as a not-so-bad cook (I cannot call myself a chef. Not now, anyway).
Coming to the recipe.
The main ingredient for the Achari Chicken Tikka is the Achari Masala. I blindly followed the recipe for the Achari Masala by Whisk Affair and the delicious amalgamation of flavors of the spices makes this Chicken Tikka a humongous success.
Achari Masala is a blend of spices used for making an Achar or a Pickle.
The main spices include fennel, fenugreek, onion seeds, cumin and coriander seeds. Thus, adding this spice blend to a chicken tikka will give the typical pickling flavor – slightly tangy and bitter. I prepare the masala in bulk and add it to everyday dishes like a Potato Fry, Chicken Curry or even for the marinating the fish for a Fish Fry. Trust me, no store bought masala is better than homemade ones.
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Achari Chicken Tikka is boneless chicken chunks marinated in Achari masala, yogurt, and other spices and grilled to juicy perfection. You can use chicken breasts or chicken thighs for preparing this tikka.
Traditionally, tikkas are cooked in a tandoor. However, you can grill or barbecue as well. The ease of preparation and of course, the deliciousness has made tikkas a hot favorite across the world.
Serve this spicy succulent Achari Chicken Tikka with mint chutney or a Schezwan Mayo Dip. Perfect party food!
Achari Chicken Tikka Recipe:
Substitute Chicken with Paneer for a vegetarian option. It would just be as good!
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I’m participating in the #AtoZChallenge and I’m posting 26 Party Foods that I make in my Army Wife Kitchen. Follow my posts this April and before you know it, you’ll be cooking up a storm. Stay tuned!
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