Indian Style Chicken Marinade

I’ve been cooking a lot lately and recipe testing for the website which is ironic since I haven’t been posting much. Thing is, people usually think that it’s just a recipe to prepare but there are lots of chores that go behind the scenes. Shooting and styling the food, editing pictures, and only then uploading it to the website along with the recipe. The process takes hours or even a couple of days for each recipe.

Anyway, getting to the topic of grilled chicken, it’s one of the easy dishes prepared at home. The chicken needs to be marinated at least 4 hours before if you’ve just decided to use the recipe, or overnight for best results.

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This recipe of Marinated Chicken might resemble that of a tandoori or chicken tikka solely due to the number of Indian ingredients present in it. Yes, there’s also my mom’s favorite ginger-garlic paste, something she can never do without.

But, I promise this is as delicious as it can get. We added lemon slices next to the chicken before baking so we could get that fresh scent into the dish.

Without further ado, find the recipe below:

Indian Style Chicken Marinade

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: medium
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  • 1 whole chicken
  • 3-4 potatoes cut in half
  • 2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 tbsp red chilli powder (more if you like spicy)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp jeera powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 big lemon, sliced
  1. Mix the spices and yogurt to make a marinade and apply thoroughly to the chicken and its insides
  2. Marinate the chicken overnight or at least for 4 hours in the refrigerator
  3. Add the chicken, lemon slices, and potatoes to the baking pot. Preheat oven for 15 mins at 200 degrees and bake for 45 mins
  4. Serve with sauteed mushrooms in butter and blanched broccoli 

Other ingredients options: Serve with roasted potatoes on the side. We also eat this with hummus and bread but even good on its own.

Chicken marinade recipes differ from home to home. I would love to know your favorite recipes! 

Until then, happy eating! xx

South African Sojourn

Picturesque mountains, sandy beaches, wildlife reserves, loads of shopping, food markets and more – South Africa is a delight for every traveler. No matter what age group you belong to, you’re sure to find something to do there.

My husband and I recently visited the country for our honeymoon. After pondering over a hundred places, we finally settled for South Africa as it ticked all the boxes on our checklist. It literally had everything we were looking for and inspite of being skeptical at first, we were glad we picked it as our honeymoon destination.

Our sojourn began at Sun City. Known as South Africa’s premier vacation destination, it is an opulent extravaganza boasting of four lavish hotels, entertainment centers, casinos, nightclubs, bars, restaurants and a host of other activities. If you love giant wave pools, zip lining, golfing, gambling or segwaying – there’s a lot for you to do at this family-friendly resort. We stayed at the Soho Hotel, close to the Cascades and Cabana Hotels and the entertainment center. We spent our nights at the casino or at the hotel’s in-house bar and went segwaying and hiking during the days. Since it was Christmas time, the hotel was flooded with tourists so we decided to give the in-house water park, popularly known as the Valley of Waves amiss. Food-wise, there were several fast food chains available at the food court and a couple of stand-alone restaurants too. Overall, it was a great place to begin our holiday – adventurous and relaxing at the same time.

Next came the game reserve. To be honest, this was the only place we were resisting because we weren’t too excited about spending three whole days at animal kingdom. But as it turns out, this happened to be the most exciting part of our honeymoon – an experience we will remember for years to come. After contemplating over various reserves, we finally settled for Karongwe Game Reserve at Hoedspruit and stayed at the Shiduli Private Game Lodge, nestled against the backdrop of the grand Drakensberg Mountain Range and home to the Big 5. Shiduli was all about lounges with internet facilities, thatched dining areas, expansive greenery and unsurpassed warmth and hospitality. Our safari’s happened twice a day – once at 5.30am and then at 4pm. Our guide Melvin and tracker Joel drove us into the jungle from where we could see animals, standing right in front of us, an arms distance away. Scary at first, it became the most thrilling experience of our lives. In a span of two days, we were fortunate enough to see the Big 5, two live kills and innumerable other smaller species. For those of you who don’t know, the Big 5 comprises of Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion, and Rhinoceros – the five most difficult animals to hunt and obviously, the most dangerous too. Some of you may have seen these animals on TV or the internet, but if you want to come face to face with them, there is no better place than this one. We not only enjoyed spotting animals but also enjoyed warm cups of coffee on chilly mornings and cold glasses of wine during sundown amidst them. This undoubtedly became the best and most unforgettable experience of our trip.

After all the hustle-bustle of our game reserve, we were set to unwind at the quaint countryside place – George. We stayed at the Protea by Marriott Hotel that overlooked the golf course on one side and expansive mountains on the other. On the first day, we did a few touristy things like the Outdshoorn Tour that included a visit to the Cango Caves, Wildlife Ranch, and Ostrich Farm and left the next day to explore Knysna – a 50-minute drive from George.  Knysna’s buzzing waterfront is something you should not miss. Flanked by tourists, restaurants, bars and boat cruises, it is undoubtedly the most happening place there. Watch golf enthusiasts play water golf, enjoy a bottle of wine during sundown, relish lip-smacking South African cuisine or simply enjoy people watching at the waterside – it’s worth every moment.

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After two relaxing days at George, Cape Town was next on our itinerary! We decided to drive through the much spoken about Garden Route. Stunning flora and fauna, secluded bays and panoramic views made our drive an enjoyable one. While en route, we stopped by at Mossel Bay to tick skydiving off our bucket list. We took a leap of faith and jumped 10,000 miles above ground level. Needless to say, it was an exhilarating experience. After getting back, we swiftly drove to SA’s most buzzing city.

Popularly known as the Mother City, Cape Town is a paradise for adrenaline junkies, foodies, water babies, nature lovers, kids – basically all kinds of people. There is something in the Capetonian air that makes you fall in love with it. It’s addictive. From dining at Michelin-starred restaurants to sipping wine in The Cape Winelands, hiking up The Table Mountain to taking a dip in the cool waters of Camp’s Bay – there’s never a dull moment here. We stayed at The Southern Sun Cape Sun Waterfront, ten minutes away from the V&A Waterfront, coincidentally also an area where we spent most of our time. On some days we drove down to various touristy places like The Table Mountain, the historical Cape of Good Hope, stunning Cape Point, Chapman’s Peak, Hout Bay among other places while on some days we took the cruise to Seal Island or Boulders Penguin Island to see Cape Fur Seals and Penguins. Most of our evenings and nights went by at the V&A Waterfront’s food market, cafes, restaurants, and bars. Having stayed in Cape Town for four days made us realize that no matter what you do in this major metropolitan city, you’re sure to have a blast.

We had the greatest time ever in South Africa and truly loved every bit of our stay there. Though we had heard stories about the place being unsafe post-sunset, we personally didn’t see or encounter anything of that sort. We were warmly welcomed at every place we went to and would surely go back again, a couple of years later. While browsing through their official website, I stumbled upon this line – Experience a wild, adrenaline-fueled, breathtaking, captivating, endless, bustling getaway in South Africa. I guess that says it all!

Written by Guest Writer: Desha Makar (That Foodie Chick)
Hailing from Mumbai & Dubai, Desha loves to click, eat and travel – not always in the same order. Her fondest memories have been created around a dinner table sharing a delicious meal with the family, huddling by a street cart vendor with a friend or indulging in life-changing conversations over a cup of coffee. After having worked with a magazine and a PR firm, she finally decided to pursue her passion and created That Foodie Chick – a platform through which she shares her unflinching love for food, travel, photography and real-life experiences. She also contributes to various magazines and websites on a freelance basis. A true believer of ‘Do what you love, love what you do,’ Desha is all set to explore the world – one plate…place at a time!

All text and images courtesy Desha (That Foodie Chick)

Are food theatrics getting old for Dubai?

I was sitting at a cafe and ordered a mojito for myself. The berry drink comes with a small test tube where liquid is poured to emit a smoky effect. This may not seem uncommon in Dubai, where terms such as “molecular gastronomy” are used in almost every restaurant.

Dubai being a melting pot of nationalities is usually one of the first to welcome trends in this industry. But, restaurants that follow a “trend” blindly just makes questioning their credibility easier.

Although it may attract a crowd, but are theatrics really necessary to make the customer pay for their food? Not to be a sore thumb here, but I too love good entertainment. The way your drink is bubbling and emitting smoke like a science project is exciting. However, I feel that it’s a saturated concept now. I agree it brings in people, but I’m sure there’s a different set of audience that will visit for food alone.

I’m not just talking about smoky drinks here. Let’s talk about something that went viral some time ago. The salt bae concept was nothing more than shocking.

The said viral video shows a man cutting meat exceptionally well and then coating it with an excessive amount of salt in a pose that has his elbow pointing outwards. Excuse me, but I DO NOT want my meat to be covered in salt that has touched someone’s forearm before. I recently read an article explaining how the food actually tastes at Nusr-et and was appalled at how people are willing to pay a part of their monthly salary for it. Click here to read.

The use of liquid nitrogen in almost every dish has turned the restaurant business into a comical theatre. Although, there are some venues that really do justice to the concept, like Carnival by Tresind that focuses on progressive Indian dining.

What’s silly are eateries that just incorporate these techniques without it matching their concept/idea. What would you think of an Italian place serving butter chicken? Surprisingly, Dubai has that too.

I admit I like the blowtorched crème brûlée in front of guests, or a sizzling plate of meat that is brought straight from the kitchen. But, gimmicks that have nothing to do with the dish is something I’m not a fan of.

The last few restaurants I visited focused on putting an exceptionally well-prepared plate in front of us. No theatrics were involved. And, we still enjoyed the simplicity. Which makes me think, is the concept finally dying in Dubai?

I’ll leave that for you to decide.

What do you think? Are theatrics getting old for Dubai?

Until then, happy eating! xx

10 Desserts You Won’t Regret Indulging In

Desserts! Ah, a very hard thing to avoid. Especially if you have a sweet tooth. And, if you do, you’re very lucky that you chanced upon this post as this particular page has THE places you’d want to visit to have your dessert fix in Dubai.

I promise no Nutella, Lotus, or Salted Caramel here. Not even chocolate! You’ll have to look elsewhere for those 🙂 Continue reading “10 Desserts You Won’t Regret Indulging In”