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Tandoori Chicken Restaurant in the Heart of Kathmandu

It is needless to say, that we Nepalese have a special place in our heart for Indian food. From the flavorful Biryani and smoky Tandoori Chicken to the lovely bites of the Rasmalai and Rabri, we are all fascinated by the richness of the Indian dishes. Although we are all heart out for the Indian dishes, getting them all under the same roof in Nepal is quite contrary. But to your surprise, Bawarchi is the one exact spot you were searching for the whole time, to complete your quest for finding the best Biryani and Tandoori Chicken Restaurant in the Heart of Kathmandu. Not bragging, but we are among the best Tandoori places inside the valley ready to serve drool-worthy tandoori chicken prepared by following the traditional Tandoori Chicken recipe.

Tandoori Chicken: A perfect entrée into the world of rich Indian dishes with Bawarchi

Tandoor is a bell-shaped clay oven basically used to cook chicken or prepare naan or Indian bread. And anything cooked inside Tandoor is called Tandoori. Well, that's enough for anyone to get a general view of what a Tandoori chicken is, but it still does not elaborate on why everyone loves this dish.

Chicken Tandoori

For any meat lover, chicken tandoori is the only dish that allows them to enjoy every bite of meat without compromising on the taste. Another thing that makes this dish special is the Tandoor Masala that is enriched with incredible Indian spices, yogurt, lemon juice, ginger, and garlic paste to give the meat a succulent tenderness together with a smoky taste at the end. When the marinated chicken is placed inside the Tandoor, the chicken is coated with a red hue, particularly because of the added red chili powder or food dye used during the marination.

The traditional way of cooking the Tandoori Chicken required a whole chicken; however, the recipe also works well with boneless meat, thighs, or even drumsticks. But note that, using chicken breast will turn this recipe into a disaster as breast meat dry out pretty quickly. A perfectly cooked Tandoori gives a delicious smoky flavor while the coating is beyond yum and is hard to resist. Apart from chicken tandoori, one can also prepare lamb, beef, seafood, or vegetable tandoori.

Tandoori Chicken in Oven: Not everyone has a Tandoor at home

The Chicken Tandoori in Oven follows the same recipe and uses the same spices, however in the place of a Tandoor, an oven is used. For this, an aluminum foil is kept on a baking tray and a thin layer of oil is brushed over the surface. The marinated chicken pieces are kept on the tray and the oven is preheated to 200C/390F and baked initially for fifteen minutes. After 15 minutes, the tray is removed from the oven and melted butter is brushed by turning over the chicken, the chicken is left to bake for another 30 minutes until the edges are slightly charred. Once the chicken is cooked, it is ready to be served.

What to serve with Tandoori Chicken?

Typically, a Tandoori chicken does not require any side dish and is usually served/garnished with onion, lemon, and coriander leaves for a fresh taste. But if you are looking for something else, you can have long grain Basmati rice, or Naan bread because they totally compliment the dish and serves as a great appetizer.


If you are looking out for a Chicken Tandoori restaurant inside the valley serving different types of chicken Tandoori, then please visit us and try our flavor blasted Tandoori Menu and much more delicious Indian Food in Ktm.

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1) What is the average time to cook Chicken Tandoori?

- The average time to cook the Chicken Tandoori is 40 minutes. However, the prep time is 15 minutes. Since the chicken needs to be properly marinated before it is placed in the Tandoor, marinating the chicken for around 6 hours before cooking makes the dish even more flavorsome and juicy.

2) Is this Healthy Food?

- You might not believe this, but chicken tandoori is actually healthy. Thanks to the cooking technique and a fine amount of meat present in the dish, that makes it healthy. No greasy oil, no added preservative just fresh chicken mixed with flavor blasted spices.

3) What is the difference between Tandoori Chicken and Grilled Chicken?

- The major difference between Tandoori Chicken and Grilled chicken is the way it is cooked. Grilled chicken is grilled on a rock of burning coals or on an electric griller with simple marination whereas the Tandoori chicken requires more ingredients for marination and is cooked in an authentic Indian oven called Tandoor.

4) Is Chicken tandoori an Indian Dish?

- The history of Chicken Tandoori goes back to the time when Pakistan was newly formed and Kundan Lal Gujral, a Hindu from Punjab fled from Pakistan to India to open his restaurant in Delhi. So, yes chicken Tandoori is an Indian dish that is loved by the people around South Asia, Middle East as well as in some Western Countries.

5) Are there any Veg Tandoori Food Items in Bawarchi?

- Yes, we do have a Tandoori Vegetarian platter. The platter consists of Paneer Tikka, Shabhnam ki Moti, Harabhara Kabab, Nimbu Mirch Babycorn, and Aloo Nazakat.

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