Recipe: Chicken Tandoori Marinade

Cumin seeds

Cumin seeds

This week Siddq, our Sous Chef at Jahaz Restaurant, Constance Halaveli, brings you his special homemade recipe for Tandoori Chicken Marinade.

Ingredients

  • 1 large chicken
  • 5g cumin seeds
  • 5g coriander seeds
  • 20g garam masala
  • 8g chilli powder
  • 4 tbsp plain yoghurt
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp garlic and ginger paste
  • salt and pepper to taste
     

1. Pre-heat your oven to 220 C
2. Prepare the ground cumin and coriander. Take your cumin and coriander seeds and toast over a medium heat until the spices become very fragrant and brown a little. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature. When the toasted spices have cooled grind them in a pestle and mortar to a fine powder, reserve until needed.
3. Make the garlic and ginger paste - simply puree 50% fresh peeled ginger and 50% fresh peeled garlic. Mix together. This keeps for up to 7 days in the fridge if stored in an air tight container.
4. Blend all the ingredients from the recipe together, season to taste with salt and pepper, reserve.
5. Take 1 large chicken and completely remove the skin. Make 3 slices diagonally across both breasts and thighs approx 5 mm deep. This helps the marinade to penetrate and also ensures that your chicken will cook evenly. Then coat the chicken well with your Tandoori marinade.
6. Place chicken on a tray in the oven and leave until the edges almost blacken, when you see this colour change, lower the oven temperature to 180C and continue cooking until the internal temperature of the meat has reached 74 C. When cooking chicken, allow 20 minutes per 500g + an additional 20 minutes at the end.
7. Alternatively, you can cook the chicken on the BBQ.

Every Friday we publish tasty recipes from the Indian Ocean. If you’ve got a favourite dish from your holidays with Constance Hotels, get in contact with us and let us know which recipe you want us to feature next.

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Name the sea creature: win perfume and wine

Win fragrance and wine with Constance.

Scuba diving off Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Scuba diving off Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

We need your help again to give a pet name to our friendly sea creatures below. Come up with the best name (winners will be chosen by us, so be creative) and you could win.

You came up with brilliant names for the creatures in our first sea creature competition – we can’t wait to see the names this time round.

To enter, just comment on this blog post, or on our Twitter feed with the name or names for one or both of the below sea creatures.

Bonus: there’s a bonus sea creature to name on the Constance Hotels Facebook page – name this one and you can also win a magnum of Art de Vignes wine. Enter as many times as you like.

Competition closes on Friday 4 November at 5pm, so get creative. Read our competition Terms and Conditions.

1. Name the anemone fish and win Serge Lutens fragrance

Clark's anemone fish, Maldives

Clark's anemone fish, Maldives

2. Name the spotted unicorn fish and win a bottle of Art de Vignes wine

Male and female spotted unicorn fish

Male and female spotted unicorn fish

Good luck naming our sea creatures – remember, the names we deem most creative, funny or entertaining will win.

And if you’ve got any underwater photos from the Maldives, we’d love to see them – you can post them on our Constance Hotels Facebook.

Don’t miss our article on snorkeling paradise – the Maldives.

Luxurious spa treatments at Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi spa
Constance Moofushi spa

The treatments at Spa de Constance, Moofushi instil an equilibrium to mind and body that will leave your senses singing for days.

The spa is perched above the water, with views of theIndian Ocean from every room.

Here are some of the treatments on offer in October:

Treatment room at Moofushi

Treatment room at Moofushi

Rainforest Facial

60 minutes

This relaxing facial has two parts:

  • deep lymphatic drainage warm herbal compress massage, to help the skin absorb the serum, and to rejuvenate and regenerate skin cells
  • an Amazonian mud mask

Enchanting Wave Massage

75 minutes

This exclusive full body massage combines Reiki, Tai Chi,Temple Hawaiian lomi-lomi and Esalen massage. It promises to give a sensual experience that will guarantee you a perfect night’s sleep.

Massage at Spa de Constance

Massage at Spa de Constance

Manipura Full Body Massage

60 minutes

This treatment works by stimulating and balancing the solar ‘sun’ vitality within us, through marma massage, lymphatic drainage and applying Himalayan herb poultices.

Green Tea Wrap Experience

45 minutes

Invigorate yourself with a re-mineralising and purifying body wrap while the senses experience the exotic aroma of rosemary and frankincense essential oils. Utter bliss for body and mind.

Read more about The Jewel Island: Constance Moofushi

BBC Good Food Show Scotland

Tempting local produce

If you love food and fancy a trip to Scotland, head to Glasgow on 21-23 October 2011 for the BBC Good Food Show Scotland.

Highlights include:

  • MasterChef with live demonstrations
  • Celebrity chef appearances including Anthony Worall Thompson
  • Michelin star challenge with Alan Murchison and Paul Rankin
  • Producers’ village – showcasing small artisan producers from across the UK.

After Scotland, the BBC Good Food Show Winter heads to NEC Birmingham on 23-27 November.

Top 5 fashion tips for holiday evening chic

Leather bag

What to pack?

Up the style stakes and pack yourself a fabulous evening wardrobe, inspired by the latest resort collections from top designers.

1. Hawaiian prints and florals

2011 has seen even more interest in the resort collections than previous years. Big trends for this season include hawaiian prints and colourful florals. Stella McCartney’s feminine dresses and skirts with moonlit waves and palm prints are a guaranteed sell-out.

2. Dresses

They’re easy to pack, and easy to wear. Hunt down Roberto Cavalli’s silk dresses, or try Temperley London’s crepe kaftans and Chloe’s gorgeous embellished jersey dresses.

3. Lace

Huge this season – dresses, blouses, skirts, wide-legged trousers – you name it, you’ll find it in lace in the shops right now.

4. Fringed and long earrings

Perfect accessorising – think long feathers and beaded earrings.

5. Bags 

The clutch is the number one style to have right now. Not so good for the beach but perfect in the evening when you don’t more than a room key and a lipstick to pop into it.

Check out the Vacation Boutique on Net-a-porter for style tips and beautiful clothes.

'Paradise' Constance hotels featured in Sunday Times Travel magazine

Constance Ephelia hillside villas

Constance Ephelia hillside villas

For Indian Ocean inspiration, check out the October edition of The Sunday Times Travel magazine.

With special features on the Indian Ocean, as well as hotel reviews, Constance Ephélia, Constance Moofushi and Constance Lémuria are all tipped as paradise perfection.

Head to your local newsagent for a copy or visit The Sunday Times website to find out more.