Indian BBQ Recipe: Spice Up Your Grill Game

Get your taste buds dancing with this Indian BBQ recipe that’s bursting with smoky spices and juicy, flavorful goodness!

Ready to ignite your taste buds with some seriously sizzling Indian BBQ goodness? Get your charcoal ready because we’re diving mouth-first into a journey of spices, succulent meats, and flavors that dance like Bollywood stars. This guide packs the juiciest marinades, the smokiest grilling techniques, and a rockstar lineup of recipes that will have your grill singing. Let’s get cooking!

Tandoori Chicken BBQ

tandoori chicken bbq

Take a trip to the bustling streets of India with this smoky, spicy, and absolutely mouthwatering Tandoori Chicken BBQ. Our take on this classic dish promises juicy, flavorful chicken with an irresistible char. Perfect for backyard grilling or pretending your kitchen is a Michelin-star restaurant!

  • Cuisine type: Indian
  • Cooking method: Grilling
  • Prep time: 20 minutes (excluding marination)
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Marination time: 4-6 hours or overnight


  • 1 kg (2.2 lbs) chicken thighs or drumsticks
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish
  • Sliced lemon for garnish

Cooking Instructions

  1. Score the chicken with a sharp knife (think Michael Myers but less creepy).
  2. In a large bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, ginger-garlic paste, red chili powder, turmeric, garam masala, cumin, coriander, and salt. Stir until well mixed.
  3. Add the chicken to the bowl and coat well. Cover and refrigerate for 4-6 hours or overnight. (Yes, patience is a virtue!)
  4. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat (about 400°F or 200°C).
  5. Brush the grill grates with vegetable oil to prevent sticking. We don’t want sticky situations here!
  6. Place the marinated chicken on the grill and cook for about 15 minutes on each side, or until the internal temperature reads 165°F (74°C) and the chicken is charred to perfection.
  7. Remove from the grill and let it rest for 5 minutes. It needs a breather, just like you!
  8. Garnish with fresh cilantro and sliced lemon before serving.


  • Alternative Ingredients: Substitute chicken with paneer or even veggies like cauliflower for a veggie delight.
  • Garnishing Options: Add a dollop of cool tzatziki sauce or sprinkle some chopped green onions.
  • Cooking Tips: For that extra smoky flavor, grill over charcoal. Keep an eye out to prevent flare-ups (your eyebrows will thank you).
  • Pro Tip: Use a meat thermometer for accuracy. Guesswork is for lottery tickets, not chicken!