Hi guys! Today I have a very special post: How to Make a Tandoor Oven!
Making a tandoor oven is something I have wanted to do for years, but I never had the proper space for one. I finally have space for one, so I decided it’s now or never. I called up my friend Danny and asked him if he wanted to help. Thankfully he was gracious enough to lend his skills. So a very very very BIG thank you, Danny!
I have searched for instructions for well over a year now, and even most of the top google results left me with subpar instructions and feeling underwhelmed. We ended up using Jamie Oliver’s pdf diagram. We changed a couple of things, but not too many.
It took us nearly three weeks to finally complete the project because we either ran into issues or we had a scheduling problem, but yesterday we finally put it together!
The end results were so much better than we expected. Even the food was amazing. I mean we knew the food would be great, but we didn’t expect to have such good cooking results our very first time.
I had mixed feelings about seasoning the tandoor. In some articles I read, major chefs season their tandoors for days with a mixture of spinach, garlic, mustard oil, and other spices. In other articles, the chefs said they would never dream of seasoning the tandoor. I opted for adding two layers of coconut oil to season the pot with. Maybe later on I will go full out and do a hearty seasoning.
I’m going to be honest. I didn’t really do any of the labor at all. Danny did all the hard work for me. Thanks Danny! I did the food prep. That counts, right?
Here’s a preview of some chicken cooking in the tandoor.
If you want to make you own tandoor, you will need:
1 bin or drum, non galvanized – i used a 31 gallon
1 clay pot, large enough to fit inside of the bin
river rock, or another type of insulation source
mask for breathing protection
saw with a blade for cutting pottery
saw with a blade for cutting bricks
a blade for cutting metal
* Our project was delayed because we could not find fire brick at Lowe’s or Home Depot. Or anywhere else. We also originally tried to do this on a Sunday, and a lot of stores are closed on Sundays here. We ended up having to go to a fireplace specialty store. So – plan ahead.