Indian cuisine is known for its incredible aromas, its extensive use of Indian spices, and its unique, complex and flavorful cuisine that amazes the first-time visitor. But one of the oldest and most important features of Indian cuisine is the use of a special tandoor oven or clay tandoori oven called tandoors.The use of tandoor in the region of India and Pakistan dates him more than 3,000 years ago, but it is still widespread today. Clay forms a dome-like appearance around a single flame. Clay conducts heat better than other materials, making it a highly efficient cookware that lasts longer than a standard oven.Traditionally, tandoor oven or clay tandoori oven were used to cook ‘naan’ (an old Persian word meaning ‘bread’) and the people who bake this special flatbread or naan were and still are known as nanvaras ( ‘Vara’ means ‘person’, i.e. naan known person).
How does tandoor oven or clay tandoori oven work?
Now you may be thinking, why is cooking in a hollowed-out dome or clay pot better or different than a flat oven? It features a unique cooking method that keeps the naan chewy and light while still providing a familiar crust. By keeping the flames low, the walls of the tandoor oven or clay tandoori oven are heated evenly, and the experienced naan wala knows exactly where the hot spots are in the tandoor oven or clay tandoori oven to achieve the iconic crispy, uneven edges.
As with pizza dough, naans are shaped before being placed in the tandoor oven or clay tandoori oven. The naan bread sticks as soon as you put it in the tandoor oven or clay tandoori oven until it’s done baking. If you look inside while cooking, you can see that the naan bread lined up on the wall is puffed up and cooked. It’s the naan wala’s job to keep things from getting too hot, and that’s why it has a unique hook known as skewers or grilling skewers to grab naan in the tandoor oven or clay tandoori oven and move the nan around as needed.
What’s Cooking in tandoor oven or clay tandoori oven?
One of India’s most famous dishes that comes from a tandoor oven or clay tandoori oven is a tandoori chicken or tandoori meat served with naan bread. The meat or chicken is marinated and grilled indirectly over high heat and charcoal, similar to American BBQ grill. The tandoori skewers or grilling skewers are placed vertically instead of horizontally inside the tandoor oven or clay tandoori oven, allowing the flavors of the Indian spices to be locked in while excess fat is slowly cooked. This creates a smoky flavor and texture, including browning on both ends and a juicy center that adds a perfect bite.However, as we know there are many vegetarians in the USA and Canada, marinated mushrooms, peppers, onions and tomatoes are packed into long metal sticks called grilling skewers and tossed into the tandoor oven or clay tandoori oven for a few minutes to reveal a medley of smoky, juicy and flavorful vegetables.
Tandoor Morni’s Tandoori Ovens
Here at Tandoor Moni, we pride ourselves on using traditional tandoor ovens. We see moms and dads honor our heritage and people by bringing freshly baked naans out of the tandoor for their families and serving authentic and delicious food to our guests. I hope you enjoy it.
If you are looking to buy a commercial or domestic tandoor oven or clay tandoori oven in Canada or USA, reach out to us at tandoor morni and shop now by visiting tandoormorni.ca/shop right away to make an order for a Tandoor. We assure 100% satisfaction on your purchase.
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