Baked Whole Chicken Masala in Banana Leaves

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05/04/2017
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Baked Whole Chicken Masala in Banana Leaves

Baked Whole Chicken Masala in Banana Leaves

I like to cook meat, chicken or fish wrapped in banana leaves. This Baked Whole Chicken Masala in Banana Leaves will create a distinctive flavour and aroma. It also keeps the chicken nice and moist. This type of cooking is very easy as long as you can get hold of the banana leaves and you can use your own imagination with the spices. I even make Mediterranean spices and it turns out beautifully.

Most of my life revolves around food – I don’t know how to welcome my friends or especially my family without presenting them with my home-made good food. Someone once said to me ‘why do you like cooking this much?’ Well!!! I find cooking therapeutic and relaxing. I also enjoy cooking very much – that is just the way I am! As for the person who asked me that question, to them cooking was a chores – that doesn’t make sense to me! They do tell me that my husband is a lucky men, yes I think he is and he knows it too. Although he does spoil me so I can’t complain.

I must point this out however: although I enjoy cooking that does not mean I don’t like going out to eat, as it makes a nice change for me. Well here is the deal we have in my family -I cook (fresh as always!) Monday to Friday but I don’t cook over the weekend, as my husband agreed this with me since my children flew the nest. So over the weekend,  he is in charge of the kitchen. However, because he can’t (or won’t) cook, he has to take me out, who is complaining? not MOI as I love going out, and this way  my kitchen stays clean. So we all win.

Let’s see how to prepare this beauty:

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Baked Whole Chicken Masala in Banana Leaves
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Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 2 15mins
Passive Time 6 hours
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Ingredients
Marinade:
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Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 2 15mins
Passive Time 6 hours
Servings
portions
Ingredients
Marinade:
The rest:
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
Marinade:
  1. On a medium heat, heat up the oil then add the onion and fry until golden in colour.
  2. Add the ginger and garlic paste and fry for 2 mins, then add the rest of the marinade ingredients and mix well. Fry for further 2 mins then let the mixture cool down.
For the Chicken:
  1. Rinse the chicken in cold water then pat dry with kitchen paper.
  2. Rub the chicken with salt and lemon juice even inside the cavity then set aside.
  3. Grind the prepared marinade in a food processor or pestle and mortar to a kind of smooth paste.
  4. Rub the marinade all over the chicken and inside the cavity.
  5. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight or at least 6 hours.
  6. Now your banana leaves are nice and clean and dry, wrap the chicken with it using any method you like as long you cover the chicken well.
  7. Preheat the oven to gas mark 5/190c Place the chicken on a lower shelf, and cook for 1hour. Then lower the heat to gas mark 4/160c and cook for a further hour.
  8. Uncover the chicken to brown it, I just opened the top - this way it looks pretty as well as brown and crispy.
  9. Let the chicken rest for 20 mins then serve.
Recipe Notes

You can cover the chicken with tin foil if you don't have banana leaves.

You can also use tin foil on top of the banana leaves if you are struggling to cover in full with banana leaves.

Serve with Dum Aloo Spicy Potatoes  and Tabbouleh Salad

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