Tandoori Mix Grill for 2
Do NOT drink and read at the same time - choking due to extreme laughter may occur!
My best friend through primary school and secondary school was a lad called Howard Reeves, a proper Mancunian and hardened Manchester City fan. Most of my friends were City fans and a handful of Manchester United fans.
Howard’s grandmother was the primary school's dinner lady.
Again, like me, food was a big part of Howard’s life and to be honest it was for a lot of people, we all have to eat, don’t we?
I remember visiting Howard and having the best breakfasts in the world made by his grandma. As our young friendship blossomed, I was invited to one of Howard’s family members birthday party. It was a typical Manchester working men’s club, the only way to describe it. Think, a scene from Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights.
Howard’s mum had spoken to my mum and had asked if she could make some tandoori chicken. She had tried them and loved them, when she once came round. Let me please expel a myth about Indians, they do not make chicken tikka, tandoori and such like on a regular basis, only on occasions, just like us Brits we do not make sausage rolls and pasties every second, we just buy them from Gregg’s!
So, I arrived at my first party ever and I was the only ethnic face in the building, not a single black cleaner insight either, so I felt pretty cool, as I vaguely remember wearing something smart.
We danced away whilst drinking panda pops, shandy bass and eating Golden Wonder crisps. I felt like a tanned version of John Travolta, the tune ‘Stayin Alive’ running through my head!
Then the DJ announced in that typically northern DJ style that the “buff A” (emphasis on the A) is now open! So come and get your scran before all the fat basterds eat it all!” Well, I have never seen so many people move so quick in my life! I blinked and pretty much all the tables and dance floor cleared. I was shocked even the old grannies and grandpas had got in the queue so much quicker than me!
Let’s begin another naked woman moment (and if you have been reading my blogs you will know what I’m talking about).
Howard handed me a plate, and this was no ordinary plate, it was a paper plate! Oh my god! Wow ! Do! know how mind blowing this was for a kid of Indian origin, a plate that was paper! No washing up! Ever again!
My wonders never ceased, then I saw sausages on wooden sticks, (aka cocktail sticks), then cheese on sticks! Then cheese and these little onions on guess what! STICKS! But then just when I thought I was in some magical Willy Wonka factory I saw something that truly blew my mind! A hedgehog made out of silver with cheese and onions on STICKS!
The whole experience was truly mind blowing, sausage rolls, little cakes with meat inside aka pork pies, sandwiches cut into triangles where was the crust I wondered? A caterpillar made out of chocolate!
What were these people thinking, making food into animals, chicken legs made into a massive wheel which were apparently called drumsticks, do you know how confusing that was?
Not a single curry, chicken tikka, tandoori grill, onion bhaji or naan bread in sight! Except for my mum's tandoori chicken drumsticks and lovely mint yogurt. Which was a great ice breaker and all the family loved it. I think this allowed me and Howard to sit with all the men. As everyone was munching away and chatting, the discussion of who I was started to simmer and as it was the 80’s political correctness was not really thought of. People at the table knew I was Howard’s friend and as time went on as it was a close-knit community, they began to realise who my folks were and that we had the “Paki shop on South Grove”.
Now, a lot of you may be cringing and feeling uncomfortable right now, however none of us really thought of it as a insult or dare I say it racist, it was a way of describing who we were and to be honest, if it was ever used as a hostile aggressive angry way then I’d understand but it wasn’t.
To make a point, Del Trotter, in a particular episode of a particularly famous comedy, said exactly the same words to refer to a shop down the road.
So, there we all sat chatting away whilst everyone tucked into my mum's tandoori chicken drumsticks, asking how they were made and what was in them and if my mum could make some for them.
My status grew in stature, I was the coolest dude there. Then like anything in life, nothing is plain sailing and the ship I was sailing was heading for a massive iceberg!
The conversation turned to football, and everyone was very VERY passionate about the current league and Manchester City and how most of them hated Manchester United. I began to feel even more comfortable, as I thought ‘I'm going to be even more loved here, as I don’t really like Manchester United either, great we have more in common’. I was asked who I supported, was I a red or a blue?
I calmly replied, with a slight smugness to the group of rather large men, that I was a red!
Most people were displeased but the select few were happy with my choice and the chicken tasted even better apparently because I was a red part of Manchester.
Now, without thinking or even realising, I declared to the table that I was not a Manchester United fan but in fact a Liverpool fan!
The whole group had mouths wide open, I had never felt so confused!
As their rage began to clearly show upon their faces, even the City fans began to turn, who I thought had a common ground with me. Suddenly the tune ‘Stayin Alive’ had a whole new meaning in my head.
They all got up and left me and Howard in disgust, a few choice words were said, and it was said that if it wasn’t for the lovely tandoori chicken I might have had my head kicked in!
One uncle proclaimed with a bang of his fist, “Liverpool really?! I really liked you, I even like curry, I’m going, you have upset me!”
Thankfully it was not long before my dad had to pick me up.
I got out alive and realised from that day that I need to keep my mouth shut in Manchester and not go around proclaiming that I support Liverpool as I will not be able to carry tandoori chicken around with me all the time to save my arse!
Moving on, I have made a cooking series with Eammon Holmes talking about the power of spice called “Improve Your Life with Spice'' on IGTV.
We talk about what spices can do for you and the benefits of all the spices. Check out my video on all social media platforms and learn how to make some incredible tandoori chicken, along with pork chops, and salmon.
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● 2 - Chicken Legs, skin removed
● 2 - Medium sized Pork Chops
● 2 - Salmon Fillets
● 3 - Tbsp Full Fat Greek Yogurt
● 1 - Large Fresh Lemon
● Handful Fresh Coriander
● Pink Himalayan Salt to taste
● 2 - Tbsp Mustard Oil
● 4 - Garlic cloves
● 3 - Inches Ginger
● 2 - Tbsp Mustard Oil
● 2 - Tsp Black Salt
● 5 - Tsp The Spice Guys Smoked Tandoori Spice Blend
● Alternatively - 3 - Tsp Kashmiri Chilli & 2 - Tsp Garam Masala
● Remove the skin from the chicken legs, and make 3 cuts to the thigh and drumstick.
● Take the pork chops and using a fork make holes all over the chops including the fat, turn the chop over and do both sides.
● Place the pork and chicken into one bowl and squeeze half a lemon, a good sprinkle of pink salt, 1 tsp TSG smoked tandoori blend, or Kashmiri chilli.
● Place the pork and chicken into two bowls. Squeeze half a lemon, a good sprinkle of pink salt, 1 tsp TSG Smoked Tandoori
blend or Kashmiri chilli over each bowl.
● In a separate bowl mix your crushed ginger & garlic together. and add a 1⁄4 of the mix to the kitchen and pork mix.
In a separate bowl crush two cloves of garlic with an inch of ginger together. Divide between the pork and the chicken.
● Set aside for half an hour and in the meantime you can start the main marination.
● In a large mixing bowl add the yogurt, all the garlic & ginger mix, 1 tsp black salt, all the mustard oil, and 4 tsp TSG tandoori blend, and mix together.
Crush the rest of the garlic and ginger together and place in a large mixing bowl
along with the yoghurt, 1 tsp black salt, the mustard oil and 4 tsp TSG Tadoori blend. Mix well.
● After 30 mins take each piece of meat and dip it into the yogurt mix and massage, getting all that flavour into every part of the meat.
● Once done place the pork chop and chicken leg onto a plate.
● Take the salmon fillets and carefully dip each fillet into the remainder of the yogurt mix and place onto a plate.
● Ideally it's best to leave the marination covered in the fridge for 24hrs before cooking for best results.
● For best results leave to marinade in the fridge for 24 hours to help enhance the flavours.
● For best results take the Chicken & Pork out and set aside and allow to come to room temp.
● Cooking times may vary depending of size, Chicken - 20 mins, Pork Chop -10 mins, Salmon 10 mins
● You can either cook on a BBQ, or alternatively under a hot grill, or air fryer.
● Put the chicken legs on a tray and place under a hot grill (the grill should be on full) and after 10 mins turn the legs and add the pork and the salmon.
● Remember not to overcrowd the tray, keep a little room between the meats otherwise it will turn into a stew.
● Keep an eye on all the items and turn, you want a nice charred effect but not burnt.
● Once cooked, serve on a large serving plate and dust the remainder of the black salt all over the dish. Garnish with wedges of lemon and a scattering of roughly chopped coriander.
● Serve with a mixed bean & spinach salad and a minted yogurt dressing, still high in protein, low carb and full of nutrients - recipes for this are located on my website and all that's left to say is simply enjoy!
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