Chicken Tikka with Curd Rice

Chicken Tikka with Curd Rice

There's nothing as addictive as a good pickle, and summer is the perfect time to satisfy those cravings. Every region has its own unique pickles, and most families have their cherished recipes passed down through generations.

This Avakaya Chicken Tikka, inspired by Andhra style, is a hot and zesty delight mix of spicy Avakaya pickle and juicy chicken pieces, roasted to perfection on a pan. Paired with cool, creamy curd rice, this dish is a delicious fusion of flavors that will keep you coming back for more. Whether you're a pickle lover or just enjoy bold flavors, Avakaya Chicken Tikka with Curd Rice is a must-try! 


For the Chicken Tikka:

  • 1 kg boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup - 3/4 cup Avakaya pickle (adjust for spice preference)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Skewers (optional)

For the Curd Rice with Tadka:

  • 2 cups basmati rice cooked (cooled slightly)
  • 1 cup thick curd (yogurt)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 sprig of curry leaves
  • 1 dry red chili 


The Roasted Chicken Tikka:

  1. In a large bowl, combine Avakaya pickle (remove large pieces of mango if desired) with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Mix well.
  2. Add chicken pieces to the marinade and coat them evenly. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or preferably overnight, for the flavors to develop.
  3. Heat a large pan or griddle over medium heat. Add a tablespoon of vegetable oil if needed.
  4. Thread chicken pieces onto skewers.
  5. Place the skewers on the hot pan. Cook for 5-7 minutes per side, or until the chicken is cooked through and browned on all sides. 

Make the Curd Rice Tadka:

  1. Take a bowl and mix cooked rice and curd in it
  2. Heat ghee or oil in a small pan over medium heat.
  3. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter for a few seconds.
  4. Add curry leaves and saute for a few seconds until fragrant.
  5. Add a dry red chili for extra heat, sauteing for a few seconds.
  6. Remove the pan from heat.

Assemble the Dish:

  1. Assemble the Curd Rice and pour the hot tadka over the prepared curd rice and mix gently.
  2. Arrange hot chicken tikka on a platter alongside the flavorful curd rice with tadka and a side of rice crisps (if made). Enjoy the fiery and flavorful combination!
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