Tandoor and more!

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Tandoor is something which we Indians love from the very core of our hearts. And, FYI, it has not gained popularity just a few years ago; it takes us back to 5000 years ago during the Harrapan Civilisation of ancient India. Obviously, we are not the only ones to be using this culinary beauty, Western and Central Asia loves it too. But, some people think ’tandoor’ is just a dish! No, it’s actually a cooking method which has been used to craft so many vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies.


Let’s take a moment to appreciate Guru Nanak Dev ji – the founder of Sikh religion, for bringing and encouraging the use of ’tandoor’ in our lives. He introduced “sanjha chulha” which means a ‘common oven’ to cook with the thought of creating equality amongst people. This helped to remove casteism and inequalities in India, along with a mode of recreation for women who used to chit-chat and gossip around the “sanjha chulha.”


Earlier ‘tandoors’ were set and then fired by woods, or people used clay pots or metal ovens. They also used a charcoal or wood that would slow burn the ‘tandoor.’ Nowadays, with the advancement in technology, people have started using electric ovens, gas stoves and other appliances. But, if you ask a food enthusiast, he/she would still go for the traditional method of ‘tandoor’ cooking.


So, let’s go through some exotic tandoori recipes that you will love!


Tandoori Broccoli

Broccolis, in any form, taste great. But when we tell you that this tandoori version of broccoli is unbeatable, you’ve got to believe us! The crunchy texture and smoky flavour of this dish is going to rock your party menu like never before.


Tandoori Mushrooms

A tantalising tandoori twist to the humble mushrooms. Mushrooms make amazing appetisers and there is no doubt about it. But, have you ever tried a tandoori smoky version of mushrooms? Even if you have, try this recipe too, it’s easy to make and the taste will superbly soothe your cravings like never before.


Schezwan Tandoori Chicken

When we are talking about tandoor, this recipe had to be on the list. Chicken lovers, you are going to drool just by the sight of this extraordinary tandoori chicken. The spiciness and rustic flavours in this chicken recipe is as perfect as it could be. So, no more ordering or going out to eat, this Schezwan Tandoori Chicken is all you need!


Tandoori Fish Kababs

This one’s solely for the health freaks and calorie-conscious people. Rawas fish fillets marinated in hung yogurt, a medley of aromatic and flavourful spices and air-fried to perfection. This finger-licking-good recipe is going to get you plenty of praises by everyone.


Lehsuni Paneer Tikka

Vegetarians, you might have realised until now that there is no such thing that can be only made in a non-vegetarian form. Though we gave you some vegetarian options already, we did not want to miss out on the all-time favourite paneer. So, here’s a flavour-packed Lehsuni Paneer Tikka recipe, enjoy!



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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 www.sanjeevkapoor.com 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.