Tandoori and Biryani

A traditional Pakistan meal

By Nardos Tsegaye


1 chicken around 1.2-1.5kg, skin removed (cut into 8-12 pieces)1 heaped tbsp. tandoori masala (if your tandoori masala is spicy or too salty, then use less and add a bit of red coloring to the marinade)

2 tbsp. tomato paste
1 tsp. salt (adjust to taste)
2 tsp. red chili powder
1 tsp. cumin powder
¼ tsp. turmeric powder
1 tbsp. ginger paste
1 tbsp. garlic paste
¼ cup yoghurt
juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp. oil


Biryani is a rice-based dish made with spices, rice (usually basmati) and chicken, mutton, fish, eggs, or vegetables.

The name is derived from the Persian word beryā which means "fried" or "roasted".Biryani was believed to have been invented in the kitchen of Mughal Emperors.

Tandoori chicken is a popular dish consisting of roasted chicken prepared with yogurt and spices. The name comes from the type of cylindrical clay oven, a tandoor, in which the dish is traditionally prepared.

The tandoori chicken at Moti Mahal so impressed the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, that he made it a regular at official banquets, which is why it got so popular.

Eating Behivor

Cultural Implications.

Connecting with food

In Pakistan, family is a very important aspect of their daily lives. They enjoy getting together for many events, and food is a big part of it. Through the laughs and tears, through good times and hard times the simplicity of gathering around with good food is what keeps family connected and enjoying each other's company no matter where they are at their lives.