All About Tandoor

What is Tandoor? Get to know more about Tandoor and Tandoori Chicken

Tandoor and its sidekick Tandoori chicken:

A tandoor oven is a clay oven used for cooking and baking. They come in different shapes and sizes. But regardless of their origin, their working principle is the same and they produce yummy meals.  The tandoor is used for cooking in Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Transcaucasus, the Balkans, the Middle East, Central Asia as well as India and Bangladesh.

This means that Tandoor refers to a dish made in the Tandoor oven rather than a special kind of recipe. The Tandoor contains a fire at the bottom of the oven itself by usually burning charcoal. We can also see electric fires being produced these days. The Tandoor is known for producing an environment of high temperature upto even 900 degrees F. Some ovens also contain small doors to control the oxygen which in turn commands the heat. Since the high temperature can be maintained for a long period of time, it doesn’t consume much fuel thus making it in popular in fuel-scarce areas.

Tandoori chicken is a renowned dish in the North Indian Cuisine. Curry Leaves is one of the finest restaurants at West Kennedy, Tampa who serves you the best of the Indian Cuisine.

Coming to Tandoori Chicken, it is marinated meat lowered into the oven on long metal skewers and cooked to perfection in the steaming Tandoori “pit”. The raw chicken is marinated using yogurt and tandoori masala. Yoghurt is perfect due to its thick and acidic nature. It penetrates the meat well and absorbs the herbs and spices of the tandoori masala. Cayenne Pepper and chilli powder accounts for its vibrant color. The tandoori masala consists of cinnamon, garam masala, peppercorns, cardamoms, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cloves, bay leaf and turmeric powder. Cayenne Pepper can be adjusted for the adequate spice level.