The holiday meal is never complete without a nice juicy turkey ,ham or cornish hen. I have decided to embellish my holiday meal with my own version of the cornish game hen - the tandoori version. The word "tandoori" is very popular all over the world and simply means a dish marinated in yogurt and spices. The tandoori spices are typically ginger, garlic, garam masala and cayenne pepper. The chicken turns out to be extremely scrumptious and cooks evenly in the time suggested. Hopefully there will be many more tables besides mine out there preparing and presenting this delicious dish this weekend. - Mona
Core Ingredients and Flavorings-
1 tbs garlic paste
1 tbs ginger paste
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste)
1 tbs chopped cilantro
1 tsp garam masala
1 cornish hen (about 25 ounces)
2 tbs lemon juice
3 tbs greek yogurt
2 tbs mayonnaise
1 tsp salt (or to taste)
3 boiled and sliced eggs for decoration
Clean the cornish hen, remove the skin and make slits all over with a sharp knife.
Rub lemon juice all over the bird.
Mix together all the remaining ingredients in a big bowl and apply this tandoori mixture/marinate all over the bird.
Cover and marinate overnight or for 4-5 hours.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and cook the marinated cornish hen for an hour and 15 minutes.
Garnish with sliced boiled eggs and serve with bread and chutney.