Hara Masala Chicken Skewers

I had the pleasure of sharing a few recipes with Mashion for their Ramadan programming on Instagram. Here is one of them. Hara Masala Chicken Skewers. I used chicken breast but it is a very dry cut of meat so using boneless, skinless chicken thighs would be a great idea too! The key is to use kacha papita (raw papaya) to make the meat tender and juicy.

Hara Masala Chicken Skewers
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Serves: 6-8
  • Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. chicken boti pieces
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 inch knob ginger
  • 4 small garlic cloves
  • ¼ inch kacha papita or ripened will do as well
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 1 handful of cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • Oil/ butter to baste chicken and veggies.
  • Small piece of charcoal to smoke the chicken.
  • Mix of veggies. Zucchini, onion and tomato is a great combination.
  • Cut into thick slices/ chunks as a healthy side of veggies.
  • Boiled eggs, lemon wedges and mint leaves as garnish.
  1. Take all the ingredients but the chicken and place in a blender.
  2. Blend till creamy. Marinade the chicken in this creamy sauce overnight.
  3. Start by placing the charcoal on an open flame ( if smoking the chicken) preheat the oven to 400 degrees if baking.
  4. Alternatively you can pan fry them as well.
  5. Put chicken on skewers and make sure they are close together so as to retain moisture.
  6. Put veggies on skewers alternating between veggies.
  7. Place the chicken skewers on the skillet and baste with butter or oil.
  8. Flip and repeat.
  9. Cover and let the chicken cook.
  10. Meanwhile, place the veggie skewers in the oven and cook for upto 12 minutes.
  11. After 3-4 minutes flip the chicken skewers and cover for an additional 4 minutes.
  12. The coal must be done and greyish in color.
  13. Place on a small piece of foil and start smoking by dropping some oil on it.
  14. Place in the center of the skillet and cover and let the chicken smoke.
  15. About 3-4 additional minutes.
  16. Once chicken is done, place on a platter and serve with chutney/garlic mayo, boiled eggs and the grilled veggies. The possibilities are really endless!


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