Indian street food chicken drumsticks

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Indian street food chicken drumsticks

I made the most amazing chicken drumsticks with homemade Indian Curry sauce. It was a lot of work but totally worth it.

Make enough and you can start your own restaurant or food truck with this recipe.


  • 20 chicken drumsticks
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 a litre of coconut milk

For the garam masala

  • 3 tbsp of coriander seeds
  • 2 tbsp of cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp of mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp of fennel seeds
  • 1 tbsp of black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tbsp of turmeric
  • 1 tbsp of cinnamon

For the curry paste

  • The garam masala
  • 3 dice sized pieces of ginger
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 3 dice sized of fresh turmeric
  • 2 chili peppers
  • 100 grams of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup of peanut oil

How to

  1. Season the drumsticks with salt and pepper. Let them sit for half an hour in the fridge.
  2. Fire up your grill with an indirect temperature of 110°C (230F) and some smoke wood. Smoke the chicken to a core temperature of 75°C (167F).
  3. In the meantime, we are going to make the garam masala. Roast the coriander-, mustard- and fennel seeds with the peppercorns in a cast-iron skillet for a couple of minutes.
  4. Put the roasted seeds in a grinder and grind them down. Add to that the turmeric and cinnamon and mix it up.
  5. Put the garam masala in a blender with the ginger, garlic cloves, turmeric, chilli peppers, tomato puree and the peanut oil. Blend it to a smooth curry paste.
  6. Put a cast-iron skillet on the fire and fry the curry paste to bring out all the flavours till the colour darkens. Then pour in the coconut milk and season it with some salt.
  7. When the drum sticks reached the desired core temperature of 75°C (167F) grill them over direct heat for some crispy skin.
  8. Put them in an oven tray and pour over the curry sauce. Reheat the sauced drumsticks and serve while hot.

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