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Kid Friendly Hara Masala Drumsticks

Hara Masala Drumsticks

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One of Murphy’s Laws should be if one of your children loves something the other will probably hate it (unless it’s icecream). My little one takes such joy from chicken drumsticks. She loves to get in there and strip it down to bare bones. Her sister on the other hand thinks there is something terribly wrong with dark meat. More often than not I find myself taking the pieces off the bone for her to eat.

I don’t mind really. For most of my life – I refuse to give an end date for this – my father did the same for me. 

We grew up in Jeddah and Al Baik’s broast was one of our favourite meals. To this day I don’t think I have ever had better broast or toum (garlic sauce). However, when we were younger they didn’t have a boneless chicken option and so we would get assorted chicken pieces and my father would take them apart for us, offering this kid the meat, that kid the crunchy skin. It is funny what memories stick to you, the little nothings that make you smile years later. 

These kid friendly Hara Masala Drumsticks are simple, basic, but they work. They also make for a minimal muss and fuss meal which is much appreciated in Ramadan. Marinate the Hara Masala Drumsticks the night before and bake – or grill if you are so inclined – and serve it to the kiddos. I often drizzle the extra masala from the baking sheet over the rice and it becomes really yummy. If your kids are braver than mine then up the green chilli and garam masala to suit your tastes.

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Hara Masala Drumsticks
Hara Masala Drumsticks for Kids
Ingredients
  • 6 chicken drumsticks, skin removed
Marinade
  • 3/4 cup yoghurt
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 green chilli (or more)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp garam masala
Instructions
  1. Grind all marinade ingredients but the yogurt together. 

  2. Pour into a bowl, stir in the yogurt, then add the chicken.

  3. Toss to coat evenly and marinade overnight. If you cannot marinade overnight then put little sticks in the meaty part of the drumsticks and marinade for however long you can

  4. When you are ready to cook bring the chicken out so it comes to room temperature and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

  5. Lightly brush the drumsticks with oil. 

  6. Bake for 20 minutes, flip, baste with the marinade bake for another 20 and then check for doneness. You can break a piece or if you have a meat thermometer then the chicken needs to be at 180 in the meatiest part. 

  7. Drizzle more cooked marinade over it and serve with rice or naan and some veggies. 

Recipe Notes

You can always barbecue these or cook them stove top if that is what you prefer!

Have kids and looking for more ideas? Here are a few dishes that mine eat (on repeat!)

 

kurkuri_bhindi_pakistani

Kurkuri Bhindi

My Kids’ Favourite Tomato Sauce

Qeema Chawal

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    fromuroobaskitchen
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    I love Hara Masala and I love Al Baik – fond memories❤️

    • Reply
      sarahjmir@gmail.com
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      Best times 🙂

  • Reply
    Eraj
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    I don’t think I’ve ever had better chicken or toum than albaik tooo. Growing up in Riyadh, the highlights of any Umrah trip included the albaik meals 🙈

    • Reply
      sarahjmir@gmail.com
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      hahahah I don’t judge, it was quite the happy moment in my life when they opened branches in Makkah and Madina!

  • Reply
    Saadia
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    Just going to bake these drum sticks for my kids. Well, just wanted to ask if 400 degrees you have referred to is in Fahrenheit?

    • Reply
      sarahjmir@gmail.com
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      Hello Saadia! SO sorry I couldn’t reply sooner but it was 5AM my time when you posted this. And yes it’s Fahrenheit, I should have been clearer. Do let me know what they thought, thanks!

  • Reply
    Saadia
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    Well thats ok Sarah, I baked the drumsticks at 200 degrees Celsius 15 mins each side and they turned out very well. The colour of the drumsticks was however a little darker than yours. But my kids enjoyed them to the last bite. My elder one asked me to bake him these for his lunch at school too. Thanks for the recipe.
    I must admit that these days your every new post turns out to be part
    of my menu for the day. Thanks alot!

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