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Tandoori Cooking-Barbeque Indian Style

Updated on May 25, 2011

What Is A Tandoor

The dictionary defines Barbeque as a grill, a pit or outdoor fireplace for roasting meat either as a whole animal or sections of it, broiled or roasted over an open fire or on a spit. Food is cooked over live coals or an open flame after basting with a seasoned sauce.The Indian version of Barbeque is called the TANDOOR and is found in Indian restaurants all around the world. In India, little restaurants called Dhabaas exist on the periphery of large cities where food is served fresh and hot from an open kitchen. Naans, rotis, tikkas, kababs and tandoori chicken are cooked right before your eyes. Food cooked in a tandoor is both visually appealing as well as the aroma that wafts from the tandoor makes your mouth water. Not to mention that it is healthy food with the minimum use of fat and made from the freshest of ingredients and lean chicken. Tandoor is a cylindrical clay oven with live coals at the bottom. The mouth of the oven is slightly smaller through which iron skewers threaded with marinated chicken, fish or mutton mince are introduced. Temperatures in a tandoor can reach up to 480 C and is usually left hot throughout the day and night. Marinated with spices and herbs, the meat or fish is tender and cooks faster in a hot tandoor with excess marinade and fat dripping inside onto the live coals that sizzle and give out an aroma that is appetizing.The Indian version of barbequed chicken is the Tandoori Chicken famous across the globe made with a whole chicken marinated with curd, spices and red food coloring, skewered onto an iron skewer and of course, cooked in a tandoor. Chicken Tikka is made from small pieces of boneless chicken marinated in yogurt and spices cooked on skewers in a hot tandoor. The tandoori chicken and tikka are usually served with onion rings a green chutney as dip and some wedges of lime. The popular Indian curry Chicken Tikka Masala is prepared from this. Naans and rotis are rolled out of dough made from flour and stretched by hand to give shape and then slapped onto the inside of a hot tandoor where it sticks . As it cooks, the naan or roti puffs up and finally, when done, the chef uses his naan hooks to remove them and serve hot.

Live Coals At The Bottom Of A Tandoor

Tandoori Oven with live coals at the bottom
Tandoori Oven with live coals at the bottom
Tandoori Oven Made Of Clay. Iron  skewers are placed with marinated meat /chicken over live coals
Tandoori Oven Made Of Clay. Iron skewers are placed with marinated meat /chicken over live coals
Naan/Indian Bread being cooked in a tandoor
Naan/Indian Bread being cooked in a tandoor
Tandoori chicken so called as it is prepared in a tandoor
Tandoori chicken so called as it is prepared in a tandoor

Indian Bread Also Called Naan Being Cooked In A Tandoor


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    • SizzleGrove profile image


      8 years ago from

      I would love to have a tandoor! And just about every other type of barbecue/grill/smoking device. Maybe some day someone will sponsor my blog and I can post some of my own tandoori chicken recipes.

      Anyone who thinks they don't enjoy Indian food: I guarantee you would love tandoori chicken and naan bread. There is nothing not to love!


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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Mouth watering!!

    • ethel smith profile image

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Not a favourite food of mine but a great hub


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