• Yield: Serves 4 to 6 generously; doubles easily

  • Time: 20 minutes, plus 1 hour refrigerated marinating time prep, 15 to 30 minutes cooking, 1 hour 35 minutes total

Tandoori chicken inspired this grilled vegetable recipe. With the Tandoori Spice Blend it comes together fast.

This could easily become a main dish when paired with Cucumber Yogurt Salad and grilled Indian breads, which you can pick up in many grocery store freezer cases. 

Cook to Cook: Be sure to use organic whole-milk yogurt for the richest flavor. The thing to remember is that hard vegetables grill slower than soft ones. The solution is easy: cut soft vegetables thick, and cut hard ones very thin. Then everything will be on the same time line. 



  • 3 cups whole-milk organic yogurt

  • 6 large cloves garlic, minced

  • 2-inch piece fresh ginger, minced

  • 3 tablespoons Tandoori Spice Blend or more as needed

  • 1/4 cup canola oil

Vegetables (use 6 to 8 cups of any combination):

  • 2 small to medium red onions, each cut into 6 wedges

  • 3 small zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch-thick sticks

  • 1 medium carrot, shaved or sliced to about 1/8-inch thick

  • 1 each large red and yellow sweet pepper, cut into 1-inch-wide strips

  • 1/2 small to medium head cauliflower, core intact, sliced vertically into 1/4-inch-wide slices

  • 2 handfuls whole sugar snap peas, strings removed and tops trimmed

  • 1 to 2 ears of corn, cut into 2-inch chunks


1. Combine yogurt, garlic, ginger, tandoori spice and oil in a bowl large enough to hold all the vegetables. Add your collection of vegetables to the mix and coat well. Refrigerate 1 hour.

2. Prepare a charcoal grill for two-zone grilling. With a gas grill, set one burner on medium-high and another on medium-low.

3. When the coals are completely covered with grey ash, lift the vegetables from the marinade (don’t wipe it off) and place them over the hot side of the grill not touching each other. Take care if using peas so they don’t slip through the grate. Season with salt and pepper. Grill until seared, turning with tongs. Then move the vegetables around to cook them slowly and protect them from burning. They should take 10 to 15 minutes. Test by taste or by piercing them with a knife to check for tenderness. Serve them hot or at room temperature.

From A Summertime Grilling Guide by Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift. Copyright © 2012 by American Public Media.

Sally Swift
Sally Swift is the managing producer and co-creator of The Splendid Table. Before developing the show, she worked in film, video and television, including stints at Twin Cities Public Television, Paisley Park, and Comic Relief with Billy Crystal. She also survived a stint as segment producer on The Jenny Jones Show.
Lynne Rossetto Kasper
Lynne Rossetto Kasper has won numerous awards as host of The Splendid Table, including two James Beard Foundation Awards (1998, 2008) for Best National Radio Show on Food, five Clarion Awards (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014) from Women in Communication, and a Gracie Allen Award in 2000 for Best Syndicated Talk Show.