Baking| Indian Chicken Wings the Monica Bhide way!

“That should spice things up.”
Shane Vandiver

It’s time to let some spice into our lives. I have a spring in my step as I carry along finger-licking good ‘Indian Chicken Wings’ to celebrate summer and have a ‘Virtual Bloggers Dinner’ for Monica Bhide’s new cookbook, Modern Spice. The recipe from her book is a brilliant twist to the great American classic, where Monica uses a cream marinade, instead of a yogurt-based marinade which is conventionally used in Indian cooking. Be forewarned, the marinade is so good & irresistible on its own, that you can almost serve it as a tangy dip! Having kept away from wings as they are usually served deep fried, this is a refreshing new take! Indian Chicken Wings is a keeper of a recipe, so well worth stocking up spice jars for.”
Mark Bittman has written the introduction to her gorgeous new book, her third so far, & it is creating quite a rage. Taking Indian cooking to dizzying new heights, with this book Monica reignites a passion for Indian cuisine made easy at home. An easy way to use Indian spices in cooking, breaking away from tradition when required, & yet, managing to keep the connection going. It’s a bold book, an exciting look at fusion cuisine, & with good timing. The book arrives at a time when food bloggers are cooking up a storm. It’s time to get the ‘perfect pantry’ together and incorporate a lot of fun food into your meals.
I bumped into Monica quite by chance. My first introduction to her was through my friend Chris Walker of Mostly Food Journal, who had done a review of the book a while ago, & sent me a link in April ’09. Next read about Modern Spice in Heidi’s post on 101 Cookbooks when she made Chili Pea Puffs from the book. Maybe our paths were meant to cross, because a few days later I ran into an urgent tweet from Jaden of Steamy Kitchen asking anyone for the correct pronunciation of Monica Bhide as she was going in for a recording in 10 minutes. Twitter continued to surprise me, & I intercepted Monica’s tweet about the virtual party to see if anyone else wanted to join. I’m always game, so I tweeted right back. We exchanged a couple of mails, and here I am. Monica’s a wonderful, warm person & will be visiting India later this year.
In the meantime, onto the finger-licking good appetizer that I’ve chosen to carry to the party. Indian Chicken Wings! How yum does that sound? I think it’s a brilliant twist to the great American classic! Indian chicken wing recipes are few & far between, and this one is different because of the marinade. The marinade was tangy & so good, that I had a tough enough time trying not to have another & another go at it, so hurriedly put the chicken in. Even the whisk got a good licking! Had a good idea halfway through, though it came a little late. I could have made some extra marinade & reserved it as a dipping sauce for serving alongside. Since this was part of main course on my table that day, I paired the wings with some oven roasted baby potatoes using the same seasoning (tossed in lime, garlic, red chili with oil), & made a quick bread with garlic & red chili. A salad on the side completed a quick summer meal – light & pleasing! The book has so many enticing & inviting recipes, vegetarian & non vegetarian, that you’ll find the spices being put to good use; well worth stocking up the spice jars with ingredients.

This recipeis on it’s way to Marla & Dara to “Get Grillin’ with Family Fresh Cooking and Cookin’ Canuck, sponsored by Ile de France Cheese, Rösle, Emile Henry, Rouxbe and ManPans.”


Here’s an American classic with a twist. These grilled wings provide all the flavor yet are healthier than their deep-fried cousins. I make these in bulk, as they freeze well. When you are ready, just throw them on the grill and get ready to party.
Reprinted with permission from
Modern Spice: Inspired Indian Flavors for the Contemporary Kitchen by Monica Bhide. (Simon & Schuster, 2009)
Serves 6 to 8
Prep/Cook time: about 25 minutes, plus 3 hours marination
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon store-bought ginger-garlic paste
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon ground cumin
1 ½ teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons red chile flakes
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 ½ teaspoons dried fenugreek leaves, crushed
1 teaspoon dried mango powder
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 ½ teaspoons table salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 ½ pounds chicken wings (about 20 wings), tips cut off
Nonstick cooking spray
Store-bought chaat masala for garnishDirections:
1. In a large bowl, combine the cream, ginger-garlic paste, turmeric, cumin, coriander, chile flakes, lemon juice, fenugreek, mango powder, vegetable oil, salt, and pepper.
2. Add the chicken wings and toss to thoroughly coat them. Refrigerate, covered, for at least 3 hours.
3. Turn on the broiler to high. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray it lightly.
4. Place the wings on the baking sheet. Pour any remaining marinade on top of the wings.
5. Broil the wings about 4 inches from the heat until cooked through, about 12 minutes on each side or until they begin to brown well. Turn the wings once.
6. Serve sprinkled with chaat masala.
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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  • Dragon
    6 years ago

    I can almost smell these spicy wings from here. I'm going to have to come visit you. 😉

  • Miakoda
    6 years ago

    Sprinkled with Chaat Masala?! That's an idea :)

  • Saee Koranne-Khandekar
    6 years ago

    OMG, your blog is fantastic! I love the recipes and the pictures are totally o-mi-gosh!

  • diva
    6 years ago

    oooh, is dried mango powder quite difficult to get? i've never heard of it! i dont particularly like chicken wings, i almost never eat it. but with this combination of ingredients (i'm liking the heavy cream), i'll definitely polish off the whole plate! x

  • Shari@Whisk: a food blog
    6 years ago

    These sound sooo good. Hot wings are so great, but only if they are hot through authentic spicing, and not through artificial means. This sounds like a perfect combo!!!

  • Culinary Wannabe
    6 years ago

    What gorgeous photos! And the wings sound delicious, a nice change from the ordinary.

  • Peggy Bourjaily
    6 years ago

    Always looking for new things to do with wings! Loving Monica's recipes – I made the Paneer with Apricot-Mango Chutney.

  • 5 Star Foodie
    6 years ago

    What a terrific preparation for the wings! I love the spices here and very intrigued by mango powder.

  • Happy cook
    6 years ago

    These chicken wings looks so so droolie dleicous.
    You bet I am going to make this as summer holidays are almost here and then the snack and drink evenings will be there.
    So i can tantalize my guests with these delicous wings.

  • Soma
    6 years ago

    I have been reading about Monica Bhide's book at Heidi's.. she tried quite a few of her recipes. I need to get my hands on her book.

    The desi version sounds awesome..

  • Christie's Corner
    6 years ago

    My husband adores chicken wings. He's eat them every day if I allowed it. I think this spicy version will meet his love of wings and my love of Indian spices.

    Must find mango powder…

  • lisaiscooking
    6 years ago

    Your wings look delicious! I keep hearing good things about this book, so I think I need to add it to my collection.

  • Terecita
    6 years ago

    All this food looks SO good! I'm always scared to look at your blog cause your pics put mine to shame. :-) But everything looks so delish. I am starting drool!!

  • foodcreate
    6 years ago

    Perfect Summer dish! I lov yur chicken wings:) They look wonderful:)


    Have a Great Day!

  • Manggy
    6 years ago

    How nice that you got to meet Monica (kind of) as well! I love the chicken wings– those chili peppers are calling to me like a siren.

  • Somia
    6 years ago

    I wonder if you can substitute paneer for the chicken? Half my family is veg and the other half will feast happily on the chicken!

  • Dhanggit
    6 years ago

    absolutely delicious!! would love to put my hands on those wings hehehehe

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    6 years ago

    This is a great idea! You know I don't think I've ever had Indian spiced wings but I love Indian spices and wings so why not? Thanks for sharing Deeba 😀

  • Donna-FFW
    6 years ago

    These spicy chicken wings sound delicious and I love that you can freeze them!

  • brandi
    6 years ago

    those sound and look amazing!

  • Yasmeen
    6 years ago

    the braided bread looks fabulous and the spicy wings would make any chicken lover go crazy for it:)

  • Helene
    6 years ago

    Your wings are fantastic. Makes a perfect treat while watching a sport game on TV (for DH and my son).

  • Peter M
    6 years ago

    Deebaaaah…I love your photos – not as much as I would like a basket of wings but they are super! I'll bring the cold beer.

  • finsmom
    6 years ago

    Your bread looks just beautiful! Love the braid!

  • Esi
    6 years ago

    The spices all sound amazing for chicken wings. I will have to check this book out!

  • meeso
    6 years ago

    Wow, you must have really enjoyed these… they sound so delicious!

  • Sig
    6 years ago

    Wow, I am loving this version. Cream is a great idea, I always use yogurt and for one version I use coconut cream. Those pictures are simply delicious!

  • James Williamz
    6 years ago


    Great information in this post.

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  • 5 years ago

    This is my favorite marinade ever. The chicken wings are so juicy and absolutely heavenly. Like you have said in your blog, I loved the marinade so much the first time around, that now I make double the quantity of the marinade. I have made this for atleast 6 parties / dinners now and everyone who has eaten it has loved it. They asked me for the recipe, how to make it…. It an instantaneous hit!!! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe…. it’s a keeper for sure….

    I have used this marinade to make vegetables, shrimp, just about anything that I can think of!!!

  • 4 years ago

    These chicken wings would be perfect for the appetizer portion of the Get Grillin’ event I am hosting with Cookin’ Canuck. Please submit this and any two others if you wish for a chance to win an awesome giveaway – a year at a prestigious virtual cooking school :)

  • pri
    2 years ago

    hi deeba! this is kind of an urgent query (ies)….
    how long can the marinated chicken be kept in the fridge?
    also what cream did you use? amul or 35%?
    thanks in advance!

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