Tandoori Marinade for Chicken

Photo: Christopher Testani
Prep Time:
17 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
1 cup

Luscious whole-milk yogurt adds an unexpected tart note to a fiery Indian marinade of cumin, cardamom, and cayenne pepper. Use this marinade to make Tandoori Fried Chicken.


  • 1 ½ teaspoons whole cumin seeds

  • 1 ½ teaspoons whole coriander seeds

  • 5 cardamom pods, lightly crushed

  • 3 whole cloves

  • 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger (from a 1-inch piece)

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • Coarse salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Toast spices in a small skillet over medium-high until very fragrant, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a spice grinder; finely grind. Mix with yogurt, lime juice, ginger, garlic, 2 teaspoons salt, turmeric, and cayenne.

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