Monday, March 5, 2012

Tandoori Rice

Perfect Pairing – Empty spice jar

If you hang around this blog long enough you probably notice that I don’t focus on a certain cuisine or type of dish. People always ask me what kind of things I like to make and I never really know what to say because I really enjoy a wide variety of dishes, cuisines, etc. 
I love going out for Indian food but it kind of overwhelms me when I think about cooking it myself.  I have a few simple recipes that are hard to beat.  One of those is tandoori chicken, a classic Indian dish.  It is basically roasted chicken that has been marinated in yogurt and seasoned with tandoori masala, or tandoori spice.  You can buy ready-made tandoori spice or you can make you own.  I found a great recipe from Bobby Flay.  The tandoori spice mixture is great on chicken, fish, or rice. 
I came up with this rice recipe when I needed a simple side dish for an Indian dinner.  It is very easy, healthy, and delicious.  I chose to use brown rice to keep it on the healthier side but I am sure you could use white rice.
The Perfect Pairing for this recipe is an empty spice jar.  The spice mixture makes quite a bit, more than you would need for this rice recipe.  You will probably empty at least one spice jar after making the mixture, don’t throw it away.  It is perfect to store the leftover spices until your next Indian cooking adventure!

Tandoori Rice
Lindsay at Perfecting the Pairing

·         1 tsp olive oil
·         1 small onion, chopped
·         2 cloves of garlic, chopped
·         2 tsp tandoori spice mixture
·         1 ½ cups brown rice
·         3 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
·         ½ cup cilantro, chopped
Heat the olive oil in a deep sided skillet.  Add the onion, garlic, and tandoori spice.  Sauté for 5 minutes, until the onions have softened.  Add the rice to the skillet and sauté until gently toasted, about 2 minutes.  Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer until rice is fully cooked, about 25 minutes.  Stir in chopped cilantro.

Tandoori Spice Mixture
Adapted by Lindsay at Perfecting the Pairing from Bobby Flay

·         2 Tb garlic powder
·         2 Tb onion powder
·         2 Tb ground ginger
·         2 Tb ground coriander
·         1 Tb ground cumin
·         1 Tb cayenne pepper
·         1 Tb ground turmeric
·         1 Tb white pepper or standard pepper
·         1 Tb kosher salt
Combine all spices in a small bowl.  Transfer to an empty spice jar for storage.


  1. Just made this! It's very yum. I used a ready mix tandoori powder so it looks very red lol. Will try making the tandoori mix from scratch next time.

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