Clay Tandoor

What is Clay Tandoor ?

A clay tandoor, also known simply as a tandoor, is a traditional cylindrical clay oven used in various parts of the world, particularly in South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines. It’s commonly associated with cooking dishes like tandoori chicken, naan bread, and kebabs.

Clay Tandoor

In the context of the USA, a clay tandoor refers to a similar cooking apparatus that is used to replicate the traditional method of cooking in a tandoor. These can be found in some Indian or Middle Eastern restaurants, and in some cases, individuals may have their own clay tandoors for home use. The tandoor is typically heated with charcoal or wood, and the food is cooked at high temperatures, giving it a unique smoky flavor and a characteristic texture.

It’s worth noting that in modern times, there are also electric and gas-powered tandoors designed for home and commercial use, which aim to replicate the traditional clay tandoor cooking experience in a more convenient and controlled manner.

Tandoor Morni offers NSF-certified clay tandoors, ensuring top-notch safety and quality standards for commercial kitchen use.

Clay Tandoor | Clay Pot

What are the key advantages of using a clay pot over ceramic or cement pots in the construction of a tandoor, particularly in terms of heat retention, even heating, and the traditional flavor imparted to the food?

  • Heat Retention:
    • Clay: Known for excellent heat retention, distributing it evenly during cooking.
    • Ceramic: Good heat retention but may not maintain high temperatures as efficiently as clay.
    • Cement: May not retain heat as effectively and might take longer to heat up.
  • Even Heating:
    • Clay: Provides even heating, contributing to consistent cooking results. Porous nature allows for moisture retention.
    • Ceramic: Tends to heat more evenly than cement but may not be as effective as clay in moisture retention.
    • Cement: May have uneven heating properties and may not distribute heat as uniformly as clay or ceramic.
  • Traditional Flavor and Aroma:
    • Clay: Cooking in a clay tandoor imparts a unique flavor and aroma, enhancing the authenticity of certain dishes.
    • Ceramic: Some enthusiasts believe that the flavor imparted by clay is distinctive and adds to the appeal of tandoori cuisine.
    • Cement: May not contribute to the traditional flavor profile associated with clay tandoors.
  • Durability:
    • Clay: Generally more fragile, can crack or break if mishandled or exposed to extreme temperature changes.
    • Ceramic: Durable but can be susceptible to cracking under certain conditions.
    • Cement: Sturdy and less prone to breakage, offering good durability.

In summary, while ceramic and cement pots can be used for tandoors, traditionalists often prefer clay for its superior heat retention, even heating, and the unique flavor it imparts to the food. However, the choice between clay, ceramic, and cement may also depend on factors such as personal preferences, budget considerations, and the specific cooking requirements of the user.

Tandoor Morni offers a diverse selection of tandoors, including square, round, and rectangle designs. These tandoors are available in various sizes such as 32x32, 34x34, and 36x36, each boasting a height of 37 inches.
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