Thursday, 30 August 2007

Tandoor Stones

Tandoor Stones

This one was up at the Hanging rocks site. The "mountain" of rocks spurring up were more than these but were not able to be captured in one photo unless I had a wider lens.

The title was influenced by the way how it sounds rather than what it means.

A tandoor is a cylindrical clay oven used in Transcaucasus, the Balkans, the Middle East, Central Asia, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, in which food is cooked over a hot charcoal fire. Temperatures in a tandoor can approach 480°C (900°F), and it is common for tandoor ovens to remain lit for long periods of time to maintain the high cooking temperature. The tandoor design is something of a transitional form between a makeshift earth oven and the horizontal-plan masonry oven, and is used almost exclusively for live-fire, radiant heat cooking.

Tandoor is used for cooking certain types of Indian, Irani, and Pakistani food, such as tandoori chicken and bread varieties like tandoori roti and naan. (The word tandoori is the adjective form.) It is also known as a tonir in Armenian which is a widely used method of cooking barbecue and lavash bread. In Georgia it is called a tone and is used for bread and kebab.

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