Spicy Roast Chicken in Banana Leaves

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Appears in
The Food of India: A Journey for Food Lovers

By Priya Wickramasinghe

Published 2005

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In this recipe, the chicken is wrapped in banana leaves before it is roasted. This creates a distinctive aroma and flavour. Enclosing it in banana leaves also keeps the chicken moist and succulent while it cooks. For a special occasion, serve it with plain pulao.


  • 2 kg (4 lb 8 oz) chicken
  • 3


Trim off any excess fat from the chicken. Pat the chicken completely dry with paper towels and prick all over with a skewer so the marinade can penetrate the flesh. Rub the lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of salt all over the skin and inside the cavity of the chicken.

Heat the oil in a heavy-based