Baked Tandoori Drumsticks with Coconut Rice - Mountain Cravings

Baked Tandoori Drumsticks with Coconut Rice

Baked Tandoori Drumsticks with Coconut Rice

I broke down this week with an desperate craving for Indian food despite my too-hot-for-ovens attitude. My go-to is slow cooker butter chicken (which is perfect if you really aren’t turning on the oven) but I wanted something a little lighter, more summer-y.

Enter tandoori drumsticks, easy picnic food with super-flavorful spices, served with a big scoop of coconut rice! Tangy mint yogurt dipping sauce helps tone down the spice level. This is one of those dinners where it’s almost impossible to resist going back for seconds… from personal experience.

Baked Tandoori Drumsticks with Coconut Rice

Have you tried coconut rice?? I’m sliiiiightly obsessed over here, and I’m not even a major fan of coconut. The creamy nutty flavor, with just the tiniest hint of natural sweetness, isn’t obvious under strong spices – it just adds that little something extra that’s so good.

I’ll definitely be making it for all future Indian-spiced dishes. And I might be eating it for breakfast with a mango on top.

You should try it!

Baked Tandoori Drumsticks with Coconut Rice

In a completely serendipitous twist, the skies opened up in a summer squall just as my oven preheated. The torrential rain cooled everything down then suddenly stopped, and it was wonderfully chilly all evening.

Sometimes the universe is funny like that and wants to make all our Indian-craving food dreams come true.

Baked Tandoori Drumsticks
 
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Serves: 8 drumsticks
Ingredients
Baked Tandoori Drumsticks
  • 1½ cups fat-free plain yogurt
  • ½ onion, roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 t. ginger, grated
  • 2 T. lemon juice
  • 3 t. garam masala
  • 2 t. cumin
  • 2 t. paprika
  • 2 t. cayenne
  • 1 t. turmeric
  • 2 t. salt
  • 8 chicken drumsticks, approx. 3 lb
  • (optional) red food coloring
  • olive oil
Mint Yogurt Dipping Sauce
  • ¾ cup fat-free plain yogurt
  • 2 t. fresh mint, minced
  • 1 t. lime juice
  • salt to taste
Instructions
Baked Tandoori Drumsticks
  1. Pulse the yogurt, onion, garlic, ginger, lemon juice, and spices in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Put drumsticks in a gallon bag and pour marinade over drumsticks. Marinate in the fridge for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°.
  4. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and set a baking rack on top. Place drumsticks on the rack and set leftover marinade aside.
  5. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and brush generously with marinade. Turn drumsticks over, brush other side, and bake for another 10 minutes.
  6. Remove drumsticks again, brush with marinade, turn over and brush once more. Spray lightly with olive oil and return to the oven for another 15 minutes.
  7. Let drumsticks rest for 5 minutes, then serve with mint yogurt.
Mint Yogurt Dipping Sauce
  1. Stir all ingredients together in a small bowl.
Notes
The marinade is already colored by the paprika and cayenne, but red food coloring gives the drumsticks a stronger color like you usually find in American restaurants.

 
Coconut Rice
 
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Serves: 4 cups
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups jasmine rice
  • 1 can (15 oz.) light coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 t. lime juice
  • 1 t. salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium pot.
  2. Bring to a boil, the reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and let rest, covered, 5 minutes.
  4. Fluff with a fork and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
8 servings per container
Serving size 1 drumstick

Amount per serving
Calories 193
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 406mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Includes g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 23g

Calcium 6mg 1%
Iron 10mg 56%
Not a significant source of vitamin D, or potassium.

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition Facts
8 servings per container
Serving size 1/2 cup rice

Amount per serving
Calories 152
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 19mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Includes g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 2g

Calcium 0mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Not a significant source of vitamin D, or potassium.

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


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