Byadagi chilli chicken drumsticks

Tangy, succulent, rich red drumsticks, with zero food coloring! One of my priced possessions that mom packed for me this time I visited India. Two bags of whole red byadagi chilies! OMG, love them! What would I do without them?!?

Sun dried red chilies are a key ingredient in this recipe. I have used Byadagi chilies (they originate from the town of Byadagi, in Karnataka, South India). You may substitute it with any sun-dried red chilies of your choice The chilies are know for their rich color and flavor. They are not as spicy as other red chilies.

What you need: Serves 6 as appetizer
12 chicken drumsticks, skin peeled
12-14 dry byadagi chillies or any sun-dried chilies available to you
1/2 cup vinegar
1 tsp red chili powder (optional if you like it extra spicy)
1/4 tsp turmeric
2 fresh limes, cut in half
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp garam masala powder
2 Tbsp olive oil
Salt to taste

Roast the byadagi chilies in oil until they are aromatic. Set aside to cool. Add the chilies in a bowl of vinegar and soak it for about 2 hours.

Cut a few deep slits in the drumsticks. Dip the lemon halves in a teaspoon of salt and massage them all over the chicken. In a blender add the soaked chilies and vinegar, as well as the rest of the above ingredients. Grind it into a coarse thick mixture. Add the paste into a large ziploc. Throw in the chicken drumsticks. Seal the ziploc and massage the masala paste into the chicken. Let the mixture chill in the fridge overnight.
Preheat the oven when you are ready to broil the drumsticks. Place the drumsticks on a greased and foil wrapped tray. Set it to bake at 375 degree F. Bake for 30 minutes, brushing it in the marinade half way.

When you are ready to take it out, set the oven on broil - high and cook the chicken pieces for a slightly charred texture. Once done, remove them from the oven and cover them in foil, ot rest for 5-10 minutes. Just before they are served, drizzle fresh lime juice and give it a brush of olive oil. Serve the juicy drumsticks with lemon wedges and onion slices. Enjoy!