Many people think that the word tandoori refers to a recipe or ingredients used but it is actually the method in which it is cooked – that is, food made in a tandoor.
A tandoor is a large clay oven, and the heat comes from charcoal or wood fires. Pieces of marinated meat, paneer (cottage cheese) or vegetables are inserted in skewers and lowered into the oven. For breads like naan, the dough is shaped and then slapped against the wall of the tandoor.
Tandoori cooking is said to have originated in Persia and then travelled to India. It is regarded as one of the healthiest ways of cooking. The temperature inside goes up to 315°C – almost 10 times the heat on a hot summer day – and the food is cooked in its own fat and juice, without added butter or oil.
So the next time, you visit a restaurant, you don’t have to make a choice between tasty and healthy food, for food cooked in a tandoor gives you the benefits of both.
To reflect upon
Ask an adult in your home about what he/she thinks is the healthiest and tasty foods that are prepared in your part of the country.