Tandoori chicken


A day out with Manchester parade!!

Manchester Day is an annual event that celebrates everything great about the city. It is a day for families, residents and visitors to get together and celebrate all things Mancunian that have made Manchester one of the world’s most iconic cities.
Manchester Day 2016 was even bigger and better than ever! As well as an amazing parade through the heart of the city, Manchester’s city centre squares featured a dazzling array of performances and decorations.


Over 170,000 people enjoyed the sunshine and watched the parade as it snaked its way through the city centre. Over 2,500 people participated in Manchester day including 90 Manchester charities, community groups and companies who transformed the city centre in an amazing party, among them kerala performers were very spectacular. It was a dizzying spectacle of colour and sound; the dancers each carried an eight-foot pole covered with hundreds of short metallic streamers that swished back and forth with their choreographed movements, catching and reflecting the bright evening light. The procession moved forward slowly, while the dancers performed, the musicians played their drums in devotional tempo. It made me happy, I loved that feeling of camera in my hand!!

Beats and Rhythm!!


Chenda – The Kerala Drum.
Chenda is a percussion drum that is part of Kerala’s culture and tradition. Chenda is made from a cylindrical wooden drum about two feet long. Both ends are covered with hide. The tuning is done by adjusting the tension of the skin and the strings on the sides. The instrument is hung on the neck of the artiste. Only one face of the chenda is beaten, with sticks. Usually the performances are by a group, but there are solo presentations also. Two popular ensembles are Panchari melam and Pandi melam. Usually the sound of chenda is loud but an expert can play it with great sensitivity.


Smiley faces in amazing costumes.


Electrifying sounds!!


Some girls are born with glitter in their veins…


Little smiley faces. 


Dance to the beat!!


Brilliant dancers!!


Fire down the streets, from the drums of kerala!!


Crowds in my heart!! They been calling your names…


She would be half a planet away, floating in a turquoise sea, dancing by moonlight to flamenco guitar.


They all enjoyed every moment!!



The above photo is a tandoori chicken.

Tandoori chicken recipe.

Marination is the key for tandoori chicken recipe. A perfect marinade and leaving chicken soaked in that marination for a day would result into succulent and delicious chicken when cooked. Another key point to be aware of is basting. To keep meat moist during cooking, it is important to remove them from oven when they are half cooked and coat chicken with layer of butter on both sides. Put them back for remainder of cooking time. This ensures that chicken does not dry out and stays moist. Enjoy this dish with green Chutney.

Prep time: 40 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Serve: 4

Ingredients for Tandoori Chicken.

Whole Chicken – 1
Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon
Lemon juice – 3 tablespoons
Salt to taste
Yogurt – 1 cup
Ginger paste – 2 tablespoons
Garlic paste – 2 tablespoons
Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Butter to baste 2 tablespoons
Chaat masala 1/2 teaspoon

1)Make incisions with a sharp knife on the chicken breast, legs and thighs.

2) Apply a mixture one teaspoon Kashmiri red chilli powder, one tablespoon lemon juice and salt over the chicken and set aside for half an hour.

3) Take thick yogurt into a bowl. Add the remaining Kashmiri red chilli powder, salt, ginger paste, garlic paste, remaining lemon juice, garam masala powder and two tablespoons olive oil.

4) Rub this mixture over the chicken and marinate for three to four hours in a refrigerator.

5) Thread the chicken onto a skewer and cook in a moderately hot tandoor (clay oven) or in a preheated oven at 200°C/400°F/Gas for 20 to 25 minutes, or until almost done.

6) Baste chicken with a little butter and cook for another four minutes. Remove and set aside.

7) Sprinkle chaat masala powder and serve with onion rings and lemon wedges. It can be served hot or cold. Here I have presented it cold.


74 thoughts on “Tandoori chicken

  1. Sumith interesting post on the manchester parade and keralites rock anywhere. Colourful and bright pictures to highlight the event. Wish I could see this live. Chicken resembles the guys performing chenda, liked the idea of it. Will try this tandoori chicken recipe soon.

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  2. We remember and cherish every small memories of our sweet home land when we are miles away from it..So lovely to see people performing our chendamelam,mohiniyattam in a foreign place so vibrantly…and ur tandoorichicken looks so gud with the drums..:D

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  3. Your photographs are incredible! The young ladies in the white and gold are absolutely lovely as are the other ladies. The audio really made the photos come alive. It was delightful because it made me feel a little as though I were experiencing the festivities. And the chicken is perfect! The Chenda players must be honored to have such a perfect percussionist poultry want to join in!

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  4. Sumith, the festival is spectacular, I just wish I were there to be a part of the excitement! The girls are gorgeous, in those stunning costumes. And your chicken is hilarious! I don’t doubt it is delicious as well. Thank you for sharing!

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  5. Thanks Sumith
    Your hard work on Manchester street
    In parade day wonderfull snaps
    Ideas !!!!!!!!!! Once again thanks
    Day parade co ordenater
    Manchester malayali group

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  6. Loved every bit of information there and those pics …awesome clarity..loved them all!! Thanks for that audio clip……any time moodlifter they are for me! Loved those in beeeen poetic lines on the dancer as well 🙂 vtw the chicken….if I see a chicken so beautiful I would end up admiring its beauty!! Now this is another receipe I gotta save!! Thanks Sumith!

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  7. Wow – you’ve captured some great images of a great day! From one Mancunian to another – I’m sorry I missed the day but the sunshine of Spain was too tempting to miss although having seen the sunny faces of the dancers and drummers I’m doubting my decision now! Thanks for sharing this and highlighting what I missed out on! Fab! x
    Also – I’m going to be trying out the tandoori chicken recipe.. x

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  8. Wow!!!This is truly awesome..a really colourful parade and the chicken !!!Looks delicious but I wouldn’t wanto rip off its arms with the drums.. 😄a wonderful recipe..gonna try it for sure..👏👏👏👍👍👍

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