I do love Indian food, and in particular tandoori chicken, I set to work building a tandoor oven from terracotta flowerpots to cook it at home.
Tandoori chicken is essentially “chicken cooked in a tandoor oven”. A tandoor oven is (usually) a clay built, cylindrical oven, fired with charcoal, and these are used extensively throughout India and Pakistan Punjab region for cooking all sorts of breads and meats. They can reach extremely high temperatures – resulting in superbly tender food.
My plan was to use a large outer pot, with 2 inner pots on top of each other to create what is effectively a chimney above the hot coals. I bought several suitable pots and an angle grinder.
On with the build pics…
Overall this has been a great success and I urge you to build your own tandoor. It’s really not difficult or expensive to do – it cost me roughly £70 in materials, plus the skewers, which is a lot cheaper than the commercially available models which run into hundreds. If you build one, buy a cheap kettle BBQ cover to go over the top to keep the rain out, and to stop the wind blowing all your vermiculite away.
I have to say that homemade tandoori chicken is superb, and the naan breads too, all crispy and bubbling, but I do need more “bread slapping” practice to get them to stick without burning my hand!