Instructions / FAQ's
Downloadable instructions (Tablets & smartphone friendly)
Instruction manual for charcoal fired domestic tandoori ovens
Instruction manual for gas fired restaurant tandoori ovens
A brief guide to get you started:
With the Lid off and ventilation door open, take a couple of firelighters and break into smaller pieces and place at the clay base of the Oven
Place around 2kgs for SS1/MS1 and 3Kgs for SS2 of charcoal or briquettes in a pyramid shape around the firelighters.
Use long fire lighter matches to light the fire lighters.
Your Tandoor will be ready to cook in SS1/MS1: 25-30mins, SS2: 35-40mins
Place pre-marinated Meat, vegetables, etc on the skewers. Pierce half cut potato or onion at the end or you can buy our skewer stoppers. This will ensure that the meat in the skewer doesn’t slide down the skewer and also act as a heat shield for the last piece and prevent it getting burnt as it will be close to burning charcoal.
Insert the skewers vertically into the oven resting the top of the skewer against the side. All 8 skewers supplied can be used at the same time.
There is no need to turn the skewers while cooking.
You can control the inside temperature by closing or opening the ventilation door whilst the food is cooked. Ventilation door should be left open should you want to achieve high temperature. Once desired heat is acheived, you can close the ventilation door.
Remove the cooked food from the skewers taking care not to touch the metal of the skewers.
Ensure food is adequately cooked before consuming.
Q. What is difference between Standard , Deluxe & Ultima ?
The difference between the Standard , the deluxe & the Ultima models is the accessories which are listed under product description
The standard models have the following free accessories
1 x stainless steel lid with brass handle
8 x stainless steel skewers with wooden handles
2 x stainless steel naan removal tools/ Skewers ( Hook & scrapper )
1 x naan bread cushion/Gaddi
1 x lump of clay for repairs.
The deluxe models have all the accessories of the standard model and have 2 additional accessories
1 x stainless steel Tandoori BBQ Grill/Griddle ( shown in certain pictures )
1 x round weatherproof cover
The Ultima models ( Only in SS1 & SS2 )have all the accessories of the deluxe model and have 3 additional accessories
2 x stainless steel detachable side tables cum skewers stand ( shown in certain pictures )
2 x extra stainless steel skewers
1 x recipe book ( Tandoor: Great India BBQ by Late Mr Ranjit Rai )
Q. What is the difference between the MS1 series, SS1 series & SS2 series ?
The outer casing of the MS1 is made from ordinary steel or what we call as Mild Steel and has been painted with a special type of paint called powder coating , powdercoating makes the steel casing more resistant to heat & corrosion, the MS1 will age slowly and may require repainting after a couple of years
The SS1 is the same size as the MS1 , the outer casing of the SS1 is made from Stainless steel and will look the same even after many years, otherwise both SS1 & MS1 are same in terms of dimension and accessories included, they also have the same sized clay pot fitted inside and their working is the same
The SS2 is bigger in size and has the outer casing of Stainless steel , basically it can cook 1.5 times the food in the same time as compared to the SS1 or the MS1
Q: How is it different from a normal charcoal BBQ?
A: The radiant heat transfer method enclosed by the specific shape of the clay oven pot results in less loss of Vitamins and proteins out of the food being cooked. Thus one gets a perfect aromatic flavor full of nutritious values. In other words: Tandoor is a special clay oven, kept at high temperature with smoldering charcoal. Food is cooked on skewers from the heat radiated from the walls, as well as from the smoldering charcoal; this results in the retention of all food values and juices. (Fat free cooking)
Q: Is the clay durable?
A: The clay used in Tandoors is sourced from select location in Northern India (where it is available best) and made by hand into the curvaceous shape by master craftsmen still using centuries old technique and experience. It is reinforced by natural edible additives to give it strength for a long lasting experience
Q: Will the outer body get hot?
A: Yes but not like the charcoal barbeque ones, it will be warm outside as the insulation between the clay pot and the outer body prevents the heat loss as to make the tandoor more economical to use.
Q: How much charcoal is needed?
A: It consumes approximately 1kg of wood charcoal every hour.
Q: What is the life of the oven?
A: Kept with little care it can last long for decades as the clay is strengthened and the body is made on a steel chassis.