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Sri Lankan Curry Chicken Kebabs for Fiesta Friday #21

Chicken kebab

Chicken kebab

Almost a year ago I had a pot luck here at my house for a group of great cooks that I know from Food 52 and some from blogs I follow. One of the incredible cooks is Queen Sashy her blog is Three Little Halves, if you haven’t seen it you should take a look it’s incredible, the recipes, the photography the writing, no wonder it has been nominated and given awards, Just beautiful!!  So she brought  me a bottle of her own homemade spice blend, Sri Lankan Roasted Curry powder. It’s is fragrant and incredibly delicious. I put it in my spice cabinet and forgot about it, until today. I wanted to bring something to the party that is easy to eat, not messy, yet very tasty. so kebab is a great choice. I marinated chunks of chicken in greek yogurt, salt, pepper, the curry,garlic, ginger, lime juice and lime zest.

Sri Lankan Roasted Curry Powder

Sri Lankan Roasted Curry Powder

Back to the party, every Friday we all get together for a fabulous food fest the AHMAZING Angie @The Novice Gardener as always is our fearless and fierce leader. This weeks festivities are co hosted by Elaine@foodbod and Julianna@foodie on board. Both a lot of fun, accomplished cooks and I for one am very excited that they are hosting this week. If you want to join Fiesta Fridays don’t hesitate, do it, just click on the link in this paragraph for Angie the Novice Gardener.

Sri Lankan Curry Chicken Kebabs

1 1/2 lb chicken cut into bite size pieces

1 cup greek yogurt unflavored

juice of 1 lime

zest of 1/2 lime

2 heaping tsp Sri Lankan roasted curry powder or your favorite curry

1 clove garlic minced

1 tsp fresh ginger grated

salt and pepper to taste

Combine everything but the chicken in a bowl, add the chicken and toss to make sure each piece is coated. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.

When ready to cook, skewer pieces of chicken scraping most of the yogurt marinade off, you can grill on the stovetop or outside on your grill. I found it took approximately 10 minutes for them to cook through I turned to make sure all sides were evenly browned. Sprinkle with sumac before serving if you like and have on hand,  also a squeeze of fresh lime is delicious.

You can eat this with rice, on it’s own with salad or on flat bread with yogurt and mint.

Kebab on flatbread

Kebab on flatbread

Fiesta Friday

Fiesta Friday

 

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  1. Those are bound to be incredibly succulent and tasty! Love meat cooked in yoghurt. As for the spices, do you happen to know the ratios of the ingredients for the curry powder? I’ll Google in the meantime. Really don’t know much about Sri Lankan cuisine. Even though a friend was from there. Tuh, I guess her family had too many staff to bother cooking!

    June 20, 2014
    • They are wonderful, me too, love yogurt marinade. I will ask her what the ratio’s are of the spices. You can see what is in it from my photo and she is a scientist so I imagine she put the spices in descending order.I know next to nothing about Sri Lankan cuisine but it intrigues me. Thanks Johnny.

      June 20, 2014
      • Suzanne, it’s so kind of you to mention my spice mixing and the blog in your post. I would be happy to email you the mixture so that you can pass it to Johnny. And for the folks who are not keen on mixing spices themselves, Sri Lankan roasted curry powder is also available in Sri Lankan stores in Staten Island and online on lankandelight.com

        June 22, 2014
      • Oh yes please send the ratio of spices in your blend. Would love that. The blend is wonderful, so well balanced and delicious. I love it! Thank you so much.

        June 22, 2014
  2. I love yoghurt marinade and these kebabs look terrific Suzanne! You are so lucky about the curry and knowing Queen Sashy, what a great treat!

    June 20, 2014
    • Thanks Viviana, yes love yogurt marinade my favorite is lamb. Sashy is amazing. So talented, I love her blog.

      June 20, 2014
  3. I have just come in from a long late evening walk and these look so very tempting: I would love to eat one of them. Right now!

    June 20, 2014
  4. Would love to taste this! Sounds delicious!

    June 20, 2014
    • Super simple Lori, use any curry powder. They are great on the grill!

      June 20, 2014
  5. Succulent Kebabs wrapped in flat bread with yogurt. Can’t be better than this. What makes Sri Lankan different from the Indian, I wonder…???

    June 20, 2014
    • I wish I knew the difference. It does taste different to me than some of the Indian curry powders I have had. Not sure if it’s because it’s Sri Lankan or just that Sashy is so adept at blending her spices. Thanks so much Fae!

      June 21, 2014
  6. Kebabs are always good and your kebab looks very tasty 🙂

    June 20, 2014
  7. These look fantastic, Suzanne, and the Sri Lankan curry has got me interested! These chicken kebabs look like a delicious pairing for that flatbread.

    June 20, 2014
    • The kebab are really nice with the flat bread. Some greens, or cucumber,lemon, yogurt with mint. Pretty yummy, thanks so much.

      June 21, 2014
  8. Liz #

    I remember your post from that potluck! Am so glad to be following you still a year later. So many good eats your way 🙂 These look delish and I imagine they’d be followed nicely by your chai honey (slightly) pecan-deficient ice cream 😉

    June 21, 2014
    • Oh yes wish I had some left, that ice cream was gone in a flash. Thanks so much Liz! It’s been a while I think.

      June 21, 2014
  9. Hi Suzanne, I love that pot of spice mix and I’m very jealous of your get together! How wonderful 🙂 the kebabs look great, they’d be a big hit in my house with my boys! Enjoy the party, great to see you xxx

    June 21, 2014
    • Thanks so much Elaine, it’s a really wonderful spice mix. So good on the chicken. Thanks for hosting this week, it’s going to be a great party!

      June 21, 2014
  10. Queen Sashy came to your potluck? Wow!! And you’ve made chicken kebabs with her spice mix, double wow. Three Little Halves is a beautiful blog, how does she compose those photos? Just reading the spice blend on the label makes me want to grab the mortar and pestle and make my own blend. Sri Lanka is on the list of countries I really, really want to visit, if only for the food.
    Gorgeous dish for Fiesta Friday! 🙂

    June 21, 2014
    • Yes she did, she lives in Manhattan, honestly she is a true artist, she is a Scientist and you can see how meticulous she is in her photo’s and her dishes. She is as nice as can be and truly amazing. The spice blend is perfectly balanced not too much of any spice. It’s brilliant. Thanks so much.

      June 21, 2014
  11. Oh these sound super yummy! Thank you for another fantastic recipe 🙂

    June 21, 2014
  12. Yummy! Love everything cooked in yogurt 🙂

    June 21, 2014
  13. Kebab… yeah…. cool …

    June 21, 2014
  14. That curry powder sounds sooo good Suzanne! I’d wasn’t to put it on everything! I make a zucchini curry flavored spread that this would taste fabulous in. I love all the ingredient flavors you used.

    June 21, 2014
    • Thanks Brandi, it really is a great blend of spices, perfectly balanced Delicious sounding in the zucchini curry!

      June 21, 2014
  15. Hmm, a different take on chicken kebabs. I love the curry. Lovely recipe, Suzanne. 🙂

    June 21, 2014
    • I love curry, all different kinds and thought it would be a nice flavor for the chicken. Thanks so much Jhuls!!

      June 21, 2014
  16. What a nice and versatile gift! And, your kebabs look delicious. Hope you get some time to enjoy the first day of summer today! 🙂

    June 21, 2014
    • Thats right Kaila I totally forgot today is the first day of summer. Happy summer to you and thank you so much.

      June 21, 2014
  17. I love yogurt marinade, it makes meat so tender and juicy! These chicken kebabs looks really good!!!

    June 21, 2014
    • I do too, love a yogurt marinade. Thanks so much the yogurt with the spices and aromatics was great. Thank you so much.

      June 21, 2014
  18. My sister-in-law frequently marinates chicken in yogurt and it is always so lovely. She swears that even if you overcook it, the meat just won’t dry out. I also love playing with spice mixes, whether gifted or created by myself. Last week’s dinner of CSA veggies was a blend of crumbled sausage, snap peas, carrots and scallions with preserved black lemon spice, turmeric and soy sauce. Not really sure how it worked, but it did. This recipe is beautiful and looks delicious, Suzanne. And kabobs is exactly what you need on a warm summer night.

    June 21, 2014
  19. Oh I hope you post that vegetable and sausage recipe it really sounds great to me. Thanks so much Melissa, missed seeing you around the blogosphere!

    June 21, 2014
  20. Anything marinated in yogurt comes out so, so tender! These look wonderful!

    June 21, 2014
    • It’s true Susan, I love lamb marinated in yogurt. So tender and delicious. Thanks so much.

      June 21, 2014
  21. Kababs are great to parties!! Thank you so much for this awesome treat..
    Happy FF😊

    June 21, 2014
    • Thank you, they are really good, portable, not messy and no fork and knife necessary. Thank you so much.

      June 21, 2014
      • My pleasure😃!!
        Yeah.. Thats so much true!! Really easy to eat without messing up..

        June 21, 2014
  22. Ummm… lime and yogurt — two of my favorite ingredients for something like that. 🙂

    June 21, 2014
    • Thanks Teagan, yes it makes a great marinade. The chicken was so tasty.

      June 21, 2014
  23. Oh, how yummy those look Suzanne. My tummy is grumbling… 🙂

    June 21, 2014
  24. Yogurt just cuts into the meat and makes it succulent and tender. This looks awesome.

    June 21, 2014
    • Thank you, yes it certainly does. Yogurt adds a tangy flavor, tenderizes and gives it a distinct flavor.

      June 22, 2014
  25. These look so delicious. I am such a big fan of kebabs and these have so much flavor! Yum.

    June 21, 2014
    • Thanks Amanda, me too, it’s great for picnics and parties. Great summer food!

      June 22, 2014
  26. What a great treasure to find again in your cupboard! Your kebabs look fantastic…perfect for a party!

    June 22, 2014
    • I know, it had been over a year and I forgot I had it in there. So many spices I lose track. Thanks so much Laila!

      June 22, 2014
  27. talkavino #

    Kebab looks like a perfection to me!

    June 22, 2014
    • Thanks so much would be interested a wine pairing with this flavor profile.

      June 22, 2014
  28. Look fantastic, Suzanne! Definitely with flat bread and yogurt. What’s not to love?

    June 22, 2014
  29. I am a curry lover! Your chicken looks amazing, and I love anything in flatbread. That’s what I call total comfort food.

    June 22, 2014
    • Me too, love curry and I’m with you on flatbread, it’s my favorite. Thanks so much,

      June 23, 2014
  30. Suzanne– thanks for another interesting recipe! I’ve never marinated in yogurt– so this would b great to try when we are grilling now that it’s summer. I’ll let you know…

    June 22, 2014
    • Thanks Rhonda, yes marinating in yogurt is fantastic, chicken is good, but lamb is the best. Lots of garlic and herbs. Delicious!

      June 23, 2014
  31. Oh man that looks good – a perfect summer meal. Love the yogurt marinade too – goes so well with lamb. You are using my favourite spices so I know it has to taste amazing.

    June 23, 2014
    • I love curry and marinating in yogurt so this was really nice. Thanks so much Cindy!

      June 23, 2014
  32. Sounds so delicious Suzanne! I think our whole family would enjoy nibbling on these kebabs!

    June 23, 2014
    • We enjoyed them, kebab are such a great way to eat whether meat or veggies, bite size, not messy. Love them. Thanks so much Margot!

      June 23, 2014
  33. These kebabs look amazing!

    June 23, 2014
  34. Agh, I wanna go to a potluck at your house!!!

    June 23, 2014
    • Open invitation Patty, if you are ever in NY let me know we’ll throw one in your honor!

      June 23, 2014
      • Wait, you’re in NY?? I’ll be there for a day or so in August! We’re going to a conference in DC and stopping to visit my brother!

        June 23, 2014
      • Yes, I’m in Brooklyn. Are you going to be in Manhattan? I have to meet you!

        June 23, 2014
  35. These kebabs look rather tasty!

    June 23, 2014
    • There you are, haven’t seen you in a while. Welcome back and thank you.

      June 23, 2014
  36. Oh wow! I missed this one! This is fantastic and like Johnny, I would love to have the spice blend. Are you planning on posting it? What a fantastic post Suzanne! Now I have to go see your wonderful ice cream for dessert….

    June 24, 2014
    • Thank you so much. I am going to email the recipe to you. I sent to Johnny. Don’t want to post with Sashy’s permission but she said I could share with those that want it.

      June 24, 2014
      • Oh thank you so much! 🙂 Her blog is beautiful. I just subscribed…

        June 24, 2014
      • Isn’t it gorgeous. I wish I had a thimble full of her talent. Amazing. I just emailed the recipe to you.

        June 24, 2014
      • 🙂 Thank you!

        June 24, 2014
  37. Gah, WP won’t let me reply to your last comment!! I think my brother lives in Brooklyn now! I’ll let you know when I’ll be there and we can at least try to fit in some time for coffee/tea!!

    June 29, 2014
    • Really he lives in Brooklyn ? Where? Would love to have coffee or something when you come here,

      June 29, 2014
      • He recently moved and I have no idea where! We’ll probably be in NY just for a day but I’ll shoot you an email with dates and my number when our travel plans are finalized! 😀

        June 29, 2014
      • Yes let me know and if you have time we can meet.

        June 29, 2014
      • Don’t worry, Suzanne. I’ll make time! 🙂

        June 29, 2014
  38. Looks great! I was raised on Sri Lankan food, need to perfect the chicken curry before I post it on my blog 🙂
    -Shini

    July 7, 2014
    • Thank you so much, it is the spice blend that Sashy did that made it so good. She is really a master at blending and balancing spices.

      July 7, 2014
  39. Sri Lanka, one of the most beautiful lacrs in the worl, wonderful food and people….your spice blend brings onky wonderful memories !

    September 2, 2014
  40. Sri Lanka, one of the most beautiful places in the world, wonderful food and people….your spice blend brings only wonderful memories !

    September 2, 2014
    • Thank you so much, I have never been but have always wanted to go. This spice blend is wonderful!!

      September 3, 2014

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