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Query from: Anonymous, United States of America, 07/25/06
Topic: COOKING      Submitted on: Ammas.com
Subject: Best Tandoor oven in the world

WoW! I just came across this site yesterday.I enjoyed reading all the info on Indian recipes. I am surprised that the site is so huge but so little known! I would like to ask a quick question. I live in a flat but would love to have a small tandoor oven in my kitchen. Now, I am not sure what is available. Are any tandoor ovens made for home use? Who are the manufacturers? Has anyone tried it? How does it work? Are the results of using it as good as those from a tandoor oven one sees in Indian Restaurants? Any other way of cooking food like one can in a Tandoor oven?

Many thanks and Keep up your fantastic work!!

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Response from: Lily Sharma,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
I'd love to have a tandoor for home use, as well. I've searched online in the past and found many commercial options for the US, but not much for residential. However, your question promted me to search again. *S*

Gulati International has one that they promote as "portable/residential" but you must contact them for a price quote. For an extra charge, they will include a gas burner so you can use it with either gas, wood or charcoal. Their wesite is: http://www.tandoors.com/residential… Another manufacturer site from the US is: http://www.woodstonehome.com/produc…

There is another company, located in Nevada, that distributes tandoors from India. They have a Drum Tandoor for home use that uses charcoal of gas. They also sell the clay liners and give you instructions on replacement if the liner should crack. In addition, they also sell a Clay Tandoor. It has no insulation and would be suitable for outdoor use only.Their webstie is: http://monymarwah1.tripod.com/tando… A site that gives you installation instructions for an outdoor tandoor is at: http://piers.thompson.users.btopenw…

In 1998, the New York Times Test Kitchen Column, by Suzanne Hamiln noted: tandoors for home use have recently become available in United States; notes they are expensive, running from about $700 for small one up to $2,000 for larger models The full article maybe purchased on their website: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/refer…&

If you find that purchasing an insulated drum tandoor is too pricey, you may want to consider the option of purchasing the clay tandoor and creating your own "Insulated Drum Tandoor". There is a website that gives you instructions to do this. The man who has the website has included photos of his work in progress to help you, as well as drawing of steps throughout the process. Once you have purchased the clay liner, the rest of the materials are easily purchased at any local home and garden store, such as Lowe's, Home Depot, Menard's, etc. His website is: http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics…

If you find that the traditional clay tandoor liner is still too costly, and you may be relocating and don't wish to invest a great deal in something you may have to leave behind, There is yet another option. The Musas have constructed their own from unglazed terra cotta flower pots found at a home and garden store. Their website is at : http://www.cpsusa.com/ebay/tandoorO…

Good luck with your tandoor oven. Please let me know which option your chose and how it worked for you *S*

Cheers! Lily

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Response from: NEERAJA NAVEEN,   
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The traditional Indian clay oven is called the "Tandoor" A tandoor is a clay oven, with rounded sides, standing about 5 feet high, with charcoal in the bottom as the heat source. It is obviously not a practical cooking medium to install in your home. Many have now tried to build and install the "Tandoor" in their back yard.

The tandoor oven relies on the natural cooking medium - "charcoal" The intense heat inside, created by the hot coals cook the meat, seafood or chicken pieces very quickly. The food becomes crispy on the outside while remaining juicy inside.

The food is first marinated either in dry spices or a spice and yogurt mixture and is then threaded onto very long metal skewers and lowered into the oven. Naan, and Indian flat bread is also cooked in a tandoor oven by pressing the dough onto the inside walls.

It is impossible to create the exact flavor and texture of tandoori foods without a tandoor oven, however, you can use a gas or a coal barbecue grill to make the following recipes. Use a hooded charcoal grill with a few drops of liquid smoke to get a wonderful flavor to your meats.

Clay pots are nowadays being used for at home Tandoori cooking. They are found in a variety of sizes in many markets in Mexico. When cooking with clay, the pot must be soaked in cold water for at least 15 minutes. If it hasn't been used before, it should be soaked for at least 30 minutes. During the soaking, the terra cotta absorbs moisture which is released when the pot is in the oven, thus creating a moist cooking atmosphere. The clay pot must be placed in a cold oven and heated gradually. Set the temperature once the pot is inside. Never place in a preheated oven.

Used throughout India (and found in Indian restaurants throughout the world), the traditional rounded-top tandoor oven is made of brick and clay. It's used to bake foods over direct heat produced from a smoky fire. The dough for the delicious Indian bread NAAN is slapped directly onto the oven's clay walls and left to bake until puffy and lightly browned. Meats cooked in the tall, rather cylindrical tandoor are usually skewered and thrust into the oven's heat, which is so intense (usually over 500°F) that it cooks a chicken half in less than 5 minutes. Chicken and other meats cooked with this method are identified as tandoori chicken , etc.

u can buy online these tandoors in the following links:

http://www.shalimarorlando.com/oven…,

http://www.foroutdoors.co.uk/acatal…,

http://www.foroutdoors.co.uk/acatal…,

http://www.barbecue-online.co.uk/ac…,

http://www.alibaba.com/catalog/1044…

u can prepare tandoor in house also .see it in the following link:

http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics…

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Response from: Keep Smiling .,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
Yes, you can install a small domestic tandoor oven for household purpose. You can get them online at:

http://www.indiamart.com/supergasta…

They are the manufacturers and exporters of domestic and commercial metallic gas tandoors and tandoor ovens, pollution free gas tandoors, portable gas tandoors & many others are also available in square shape with stainless steel working top.

http://catalogs.indiamart.com/manuf…

Nipoori Ovens (UK) Ltd, PO Box 2382, ROMFORD, ESSEX, RM2 5BP. 01708 724745. Make Steel tandoori ovens

Clay ovens are made by:

Dowd Tandoori. 020 8904 4477. Large Professional Clay Tandoori ovens.

Tandoori Clay Oven Co Ltd, 164a Dukes Road, LONDON, W3 0SL. 020 8896 2696 www.tandoor.co.uk… Pro & domestic charcoal & gas-fired tandoor ovens.

http://www.patchapman.co.uk/page2.h…

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Response from: Itsme -,   
Registered Member on Ammas.com
hi,

Yes, it is easy to have a tandoor oven in your kitchen..

visit this site-

The Nipoori is a portable domestic version of the clay tandoors used in Indian restaurants to cook tikkas and tandoori dishes.. The heat is generated by burning barbecue charcoal at the bottom of the oven, the food is put on long skewers and stood upright in the oven. The hot air in the oven chamber will then cook the food quickly and evenly. You can buy a table top portable gas grill for your kitchen with thermometer. you can also see the photograph here-

http://www.tableart.co.uk/cnb/shop/…

I would suggest since you are in US and in a flat you can buy an indoor grill- which you can keep in kitchen its easy to clean also.

for top 10 indoor grills- visit

http://bbq.about.com/od/indoorgrill…

Some of these units are open grills that you cook on similar to an outdoor grill. Others are contact grills (like the George Foreman Grill) that have a lid that cooks also, so you can grill on both sides at the same time. Many of these units are prefect for grilling a fish fillet and making a great panini style sandwich.

Happy cooking!

Regards newbie

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Response from: Mrs. Sai Sai,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
Anonymous,

Please see this link

http://www.innoconcepts.com/cutetan…

Cute Residential Tandoor

This small and cute tandoor, as its name suggests is made especially for home use. The light weight Tandoor with wheels is versatile and fully functional. It is great for your backyard tandoor parties.

The outside covering is made of Stainless steel to withstand outside conditions. The clay pot is ideal for preparing authentic tandoori naan, rotis etc.

You can use it with Charcoal for that authentic taste or you can use it with LPG.

You can also see these links

http://www.indiamart.com/supergasta…

http://jainenterprises.tradeindia.c…

http://www.gastandoors.com/…

http://www.beechovens.com.au/index.…

http://www.doughproovens.com/…

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Response from: sri lata,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
currently two models of tandoori gas ovens are available like domestic metallic tandoori and commercial metallic tandoori.For your kitchen domestic metallic tandoori model will be suitable.You can prepare variety of dishes using this.supplier details:

Super Caboose Engineers (P) Limited Contact Person : Mr. Ajay Sharma Add : R 79, Model Town III New Delhi - 110 009, Delhi, (India) Tel : +(91)-(11)-27412872 Mobile : +(91)9811409602 Email : ********@*****.***

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Response from: Hari Rama,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
Hi, Learn more about using a Wood Stone oven, broiler, rotisserie, or Tandoor in your home or as a part of your outdoor kitchen.

From making the best “brick oven” pizza to cooking cedar planked salmon in your wood fired oven, this is the page to visit. Read stone hearth recipes on-line and find out about attending home cooking classes at our test kitchen. http://www.woodstonehome.com/kitche…

Clay ovens are made by:

Dowd Tandoori. 020 8904 4477. Large Professional Clay Tandoori ovens.

Tandoori Clay Oven Co Ltd, 164a Dukes Road, LONDON, W3 0SL. 020 8896 2696 www.tandoor.co.uk… Pro & domestic charcoal & gas-fired tandoor ovens.

http://www.patchapman.co.uk/page2.h…

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Response from: ramakrishna gummadi,   
Registered Member on Ammas.com
acconding to my experience, we do have small tandoors for house purpose and they r available in many sizes that depends upon ur house and how often u coock in tandoor if u r a regulaer user of tandoor then u can go for a medium ones. now a days these tandoors are available in many forms such as gas tandoors,charcoal tandoors...... etc if u r intrested check on this site "http://www.jumbointernational.com/c…" practically i had an experience with the gas tandoor when i was studying my hotel management we had a medium sized gas tandoor in which we can make all the tandoori items which can be done at hotels and its worth to have a gas tandoor at house and i can assure that with the gas tandoor u can prepare all the rotis,kababs...... if u have any queries please fell free to contact me at ********@*****.***

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Response from: R K,   
Registered Member on Ammas.com
You have mentioned that you live in a flat. Most of the commercial ovens proposed here will have huge issues. I was in similar position like yours few months back.

I do not recommend any heavy commercial equipment. Apartments have strict guidelines on use of this type. They can do severe damage to electric circuits and be hazardous as they take long of time to cool down.

I was in similar situation, we got a large cooker from India. Make sure the Cooker is heavy metal and has good depth. You can find similar ones in UNITED brand. We use this for making tandoori rotis, naans etc. The best part is I can still use this for making curry dishes when guest come. The home grill is good for preparing grilled tandoori stuff. Bascially with two of these versatile tools you can make nearly every tandoori dish.

I hope this helps you. Keep the zummy food coming...

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Response from: Kamala Swaminathan,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
Hi,

You can buy Domestic gas tandoor on the following online site:

http://www.indiamart.com/supergasta…

You can also try in the following site:

http://www.alibaba.com/catalog/1044…

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Response from: Sarada Prithipal,   
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Hi, This site says they have tandoor ovens for home use.http://www.shalimarorlando.com/oven….

The other way is to bake at high temperature in the oven . For Naan put the baking tray upside down with some oil greased to it. On high heat cook the naan.

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Response from: Seetha Hariharan,   
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Hi, Thanks for the compliment for this site. Yes, you can get small tandoor oven. see these sites. http://www.indiamart.com/supergasta… https://www.hearthkitchen.com/index…

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Response from: Sumthin Sumthin,   
Featured Member on Ammas.com
Using one inside the house is not possible bcoz its very smoky and it produces a lot of heat,but yes the taste is same as u find it here INDIA.

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Response from: Usha Gurnani,   
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I dont think you will get it in USA.

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