History Of Tandoori Chicken: A Recipe That Cross The Border During Partition Of India

Tandoori chicken is one of the signature dishes that originated from Punjab. This is a roasted chicken dish that prepared with lots of spices. According to the historians, tandoori chicken was found during the Harappan Civilization and they used to prepare such dishes on their clay oven. However, people believed that tandoori chicken was brought by Kundan Lal Gujaral during partition of India from Peshawar to Delhi.

In 1940s, tandoori chicken got much popularity in Peshawar and it was mainly prepared in a Dhaba situated in Peshawar, which is now a part of Pakistan. During partition of India, Kundan Lal Gujaral shifted from Peshawar to Delhi, and he started his own restaurant Moti Mahal in Delhi. But, there are some confusion regarding the names of Kundan Lal because he was known in dual names such as Kundan Lal Gujaral and Kundan Lal Jaggi. During 40’s, Kundan Lal Gujral was working in a restaurant (Dhaba) called Mukhey De Dhaba which was run by Mokka Singh in Peshawar. Due to health issue, Mokka Singh had to sell his shop to Kundan Lal and he renamed the Dhaba as Moti Mahal.

Later, tandoori chicken got entry in the western countries during 1960s, and according to a report, Kennedy had chicken tandoori on a flight from Rome to Bombay in 1962. Than Los Angeles Times published the tandoori chicken recipe in 1963 and it was written as a party dinner. Along with lots of spices, tandoori chicken can also offer an aromatic taste and tandoori chicken was used in various other recipes such as chicken butter masala and chicken tikka masala.

Nutrient value of tandoori chicken recipe:

To prepare tandoori chicken, you need to use lots of ingredients, especially some spices, and you can use boneless chicken breasts, lemon, salt, garlic, ginger, turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chili powder, yogurt, cumin, cloves, oil and cayenne pepper in your tandoori chicken recipe. Chicken is always considered as a healthy food because it has huge amounts of proteins, carbohydrates, calories and vitamins. Here you can find the nutrient value of tandoori chicken:

  • Calories: 220gm
  • Fat: 1.5gm
  • Protein: 38gm
  • Carbohydrates: 4gm
  • Fiber: 0gm
  • Cholesterol: 110mg
  • Sodium: 370mg

Apart from that, chicken is a good source of niacin, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, vitamin B6 and magnesium. By using turmeric powder in tandoori chicken recipe, you will get powerful component called curcumin, and it acts as anti-inflammatory or antioxidant properties. So it helps to prevent diseases like cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer and arthritis.

Author bio: The author is a blogger and professional writer. He has written three books and many research articles on partition of India. Here he writes about the history of tandoori chicken recipe.

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