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Tandoori Drumsticks

Experience the vibrant and aromatic delight of Tandoori Drumsticks! Tender chicken drumsticks are marinated in a blend of yogurt, aromatic spices, and tangy lemon juice. Grilled to perfection, these succulent drumsticks showcase the authentic flavors of Tandoori cuisine. Get ready to savour the tantalising taste of these delicious and tender Tandoori Drumsticks.

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 15 min

Cooking Time: 1 1/2 hours


  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons tandoori masala
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder (adjust to taste)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Fresh coriander, for garnish
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Before you start:

Tri-tip is a tender cut of beef taken from the Porterhouse/Sirloin. It is a triangular-shaped muscle, hence the name “tri-tip.”

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Tri-tip is known for its rich marbling, which contributes to its rich profile. It has a robust beefy taste with hints of smokiness and tends to be more tender than other leaner cuts.


Step 1: Marinating the Chicken

In a large mixing bowl, combine the yogurt, tandoori masala, ginger paste, garlic paste, lemon juice, vegetable oil, ground cumin, ground coriander, turmeric powder, paprika, red chili powder, and salt. Mix well to form a smooth marinade.

Add the chicken drumsticks to the marinade and coat them evenly, ensuring they are well-covered. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight for maximum flavor infusion.

Step 2: Preparing the Tandoori Chicken

Preheat your grill or oven to medium-high heat (around 200-220°C)

Step 3: Grilling or Baking the Drumsticks

Grill Method: Place the marinated drumsticks on the preheated grill. Cook for about 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally, until the chicken is fully cooked and has reached an internal temperature of 74°C. The drumsticks should have a beautiful charred appearance.


Oven Method: Arrange the marinated drumsticks on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and nicely browned.

Step 4: Garnishing and Serving

Once cooked, remove the tandoori chicken drumsticks from the grill or oven and let them rest for a few minutes.

Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve hot, accompanied by lemon wedges for squeezing over the chicken.


These tandoori chicken drumsticks make a fantastic main course, either on their own or paired with naan bread, rice, or a refreshing side salad.

Step 5: Slicing and Serving

Slice the tri-tip roast against the grain into thin slices. This ensures tenderness and optimal texture.

Arrange the sliced meat on a platter and drizzle any remaining juices from the cutting board over the top.

Serve the balsamic tri-tip roast hot, and consider garnishing with fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme for an extra touch of aroma and presentation.


Adjust the cooking time as needed based on the size of the drumsticks and the heat of your grill or oven.


Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken reaches a safe internal temperature of 74°C to ensure it is fully cooked.


Enjoy the aromatic and spicy flavors of this traditional tandoori chicken recipe!