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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Al Faham Grilled Chicken ~ Dejaj Al Faham

Al Faham grilled chicken ~ Dejaj Al Faham
Al Faham Grilled Chicken ~ Dejaj Al Faham

Al Faham Chicken always takes me down the memory lane when I first visited this beautiful town called Nilambur in Kerala which is popularly known for its Teak plantation. My visit to this place was mainly to see my nephew who was then studying at Peevees Public School.

It so happened that one evening we decided to eat at a place called Woodbine Restaurant to have dinner and came across Al Faham Chicken on the menu card which was really appetizing. Finally when the dish arrived at our table, we just could'nt wait to devour it.

It had mild flavours which was almost similar to our garam masala and a hint of Arabian flavours. Along with Al Faham Chicken, just to balance the spices, we had ordered Ajwain Murg Tikka which was quite spicy and reddish in colour just like any tandoori chicken but the Ajwain flavour was divine and very much appealing to the taste buds.

So this is how I got inspired to make this Al Faham Chicken or Dejaj Al Faham, where 'Faham' means coal and very popularly known as Coal Grilled Chicken. I took ideas by watching some of the videos on youtube, and it also seems like this dish is more popular in Kerala than in any Middle Eastern countries.

Al Faham grilled chicken ~ Dejaj Al Faham
Al Faham Chicken ~ Dejaj Al Faham
Al faham Chicken can also be made without an oven. Just heat a wide non stick saucepan and add some butter. Fry the marinated pieces on both side for few minutes, add 1/2 cup of water, cover and cook on medium low heat for 15 to 20 minutes. Once the chicken pieces are cooked and juices have dried up, serve hot with pita bread and Hummus or any Dip of your choice.

Al Faham grilled chicken ~ Dejaj Al Faham
Al Faham Grilled Chicken ~ Dejaj Al Faham

Al Faham grilled chicken ~ Dejaj Al Faham
Al Faham Chicken ~ Dejaj Al Faham

You can watch the video here:

Al Faham Chicken ~ Dejaj Al Faham

Arabic style grilled chicken prepared with a blend of Arabic spice mix along with yogurt and other spices making it the most succulent and juicy kabab ever.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Marinating time: 2 hours
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Total time: 2 hours 35 minutes
1 cup = 250 ml capacity
Serves 4


1 kilogram chicken (whole or cut into large pieces with slits)
3 tablespoon olive oil

First marinade:
2 tablespoon yogurt
1 tablespoon ginger & garlic paste (combined)
1 tablespoon black pepper powder
2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt

Second marinade:
4 dry red chilies (mild)
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds (Badi saunf)
2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon black pepper powder
Whole Spices: 4 cardamom, 4 cloves, 1 inch piece of cinnamon
1 small onion roughly chopped
1 small tomato roughly chopped
2 green chilies
Few coriander leaves chopped


1. Mix together in a bowl, all the ingredients of first marinade. Marinate chicken pieces in it for 10 to 15 minutes.
2. Prepare second marinade by dry roasting dry red chilies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, peppercorns and whole spices for 2 to 3 minutes. Cool and grind to a fine powder. To the spice powder, add chopped tomato, chopped onion, chopped green chilies and coriander leaves. Grind again to a smooth paste without adding any water (if needed add just a 2 or 3 teaspoon of water to ease the grinding).
3. Marinate chicken pieces in this spice paste for 2 or 3 hours or even overnight in a refrigerator.
4. Preheat oven to 250 degrees C for 10 minutes.
5. Place the chicken pieces on a baking tray and place the tray close to the top flame.
6. Grill the chicken for 20 minutes by turning the pieces half way through grilling (10 minutes on each side).
7. Serve hot with pits bread, Hummus and some Fresh Salad.

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Joojeh Kabab (Persian)

Kabab Koobeideh

Kalmi Kabab

Murg Malai Seekh Kabab

Peruvian Grilled Chicken

Tandoori Chicken with Homemade Tandoori Masala


  1. Ah that must be so aromatic! Just a little confusion, after marinating in the first set of ingredients, do we remove out the chicken and marinate in the second set of ingredients, or just add it into that? Would love to try this for the folks...

    1. I got my doubt cleared while watching the video. :) Will try this...

  2. I tried it and it's so nice jazakallah khair 👍👍👍

  3. I trI'd this and result 👍👍👍so yummy