This is a great idea for a barbecue– marinate the meat and let the flavors marry overnight. You and your guests will be pleasantly surprised at the taste.
I used T-Bone steak for this that I cut up into cubes. But you can practically use this marinade for any kind of meat–i have tried it on chicken and lamb and the outcome has been pleasing. Alhamdullilah (all thanks and gratitude to Allah (SWT)) Also be generous with the spices (except for the black pepper, cinnamon, turmeric –they usually overpower the rest of the spices–and the chillie powder of course is optional and depends on how spicy you want it to be).
Basically the spices are:
1) ground cumin
2) ground coriander
3) ground turmeric
5) ground black pepper
7) ground cinnamon
red chillie powder
9) optional ground dried lemon (gives it a really nice kick)
10) ginger (fresh or dry–whatever you have at hand)
Sprinke all of this mixture liberally on the meat (chicken, lamb, or beef) add add olive oil (enough to make the mixture paste like), salt to taste, some yoghurt (2 tblsps max is usually plenty, less of course depending on the amount of meat), dash of white vinegar, balsamic vinegar and lemon. You can also add a little tomato paste to the mixture for more flavor.
MASSAGE into the meat well, if whole chicken don’t forget the cavity. Let marinate overnight and then place on skewers and barbecue or on an indoor grill. You can even back it in the oven, but make you sure you cover it entirely with foil, and then once cooked through open it and let brown. ENJOY. It works with my guests ALL THE TIME.