Simple ways to smoke your food

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Most people like that smoky taste in their food, because it gives an exotic touch to the recipe. Chefs are starting to love to add the char touch to their recipes, enhancing the flavours. Though, it is said that the cooking with smoke requires some real barbeque skills but we have got a simple and easy way to introduce that fabulous smoky flavour to your food. Just with a few seasonings and herbs and a fancy imagination of your own you can turn from a proletarian to a Pro!

Definitely, smoked food is trending all over the world because of its distinct taste and appealing aroma. Who doesn’t like to witness the sizzle of the food and the ads to it? Fruits, beverages, fish, meat, bread and our darling desserts everything is getting charred and smoked today.


We have got a list for you to get going into the kitchen and ace the art of cooking smoky food!


  • Smoked Patiala Kebab: What’s better than a Smoked Mutton Kebab in the evening after a hectic and tiring day? Succulent pieces of mutton wrapped in perfect blend of aromatic spices and herbs. And to make it even more flavoursome, Smoke it with a coal and drizzle some oil on it. Wait till the dish gets flavoured and you will surely love the after-taste. Serve hot with green chutney and onion rings!


  • Smoked Chaas: This dahi-based beverage is popular all across the India with different names to it in various regions. A glass of chaas after your spicy supper or lunch always helps in calming down your stomach. Super refreshing, light and healthy, but what if you add a smoky flavour to it? Here’s the recipe for you.Try it out and tell us your experience!


  • Smoked Five Spiced Fish: Fish fillets marinated with five spice powder, smoked and wrapped in aluminium foil are full of spice and a delight to your taste buds. For a perfect combination, try making this tamarind sauce prepared with a touch of coconut milk added to it.


  • Charcoal Paneer Stir Fry: Paneer is always the saviour and a delight to all the vegetarians and not to miss out on the smoked food bit, this Charcoal Paneer Stir Fry would be perfect. Paneer smoked and stir-fried with exotic veggies like broccoli, bell peppers and green capsicums. Try sprinkling some chaat masala to this amazing starter recipe for an enhanced flavour.


  • Koyla Butter Chicken: This classic recipe is the favourite for chicken lovers and they can’t get enough of it. How about trying something out of the ordinary with this vintage recipe? The smoked flavour of coal will make it all the more delicious than it already is. Super yummy, super creamy, super smoky! What a delight!


Already excited about adding the smoked flair to your menu? Don’t wait then, burn that coal, drizzle some oil and impart some flavour, you’re all set to master this science of cooking.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.