Exploring The Art Of Adding Smoked Flavours To Your Meals

In the past, burned food in the kitchen would be immediately thrown away in all of its burned, smoke-filled misery. While today the phrases "smoked," "charred," "burnt," or "blistered" often accompany descriptions of some of today's most well-known meals on the menus of some of the top restaurants. Not just meat dishes are covered by this. The smokey preparation traditionally reserved for dishes like steak is being applied to vegetables and even beverages. 

For some it gives food a richer flavour and deeper layers of depth. The charred portions elevate conventional cuisine with their smokiness and subtle bitterness. It adds a certain amount of drama to dishes that don't typically or necessarily come into close contact with the changing force of fire. 

In pastries and drinks, the bitterness counteracts the sweetness to create an experience that goes beyond a straightforward, flat, and overpowering sweetness. A fascinating texture element is also provided by the crunchy charred edges that blend with the softer components. 

Roasting, baking, and frying actually produce one of the most significant chemical processes, browning. It produces distinctive flavours and heightened scents that are present in food that has been heated. The amino acids and carbohydrates in some foods are changed when they come into touch with high temperatures. The end result is the rich, nuanced flavours that may be found in meals like seared steaks, toasted marshmallows, and crunchy toast. The process is furthered when food is charred. Bitterness comes when things turn truly dark. In fact, some restaurants have taken the initiative to impart this bitter flavour to several dishes and condiments by adding char, such as ash from burned vegetables, as an ingredient to exquisite effect. 

Although burning food may appear to be a recent trend, numerous traditional cuisines all over the world have long used this method of food preparation.  

Here Are 5 Techniques To Infuse Meals With Smoky Flavor 

Smoked Salt: You may prepare food that tastes like it was prepared on a barbecue by simply substituting regular salt for smoked salt. The best method to accomplish this is to sprinkle the smoked salt over prepared food. 

Smoked Spices: To spice and smoke up your food, use smoked masalas. Pimiento peppers are used to make smoked paprika; they are first sun-dried, then smoked over a fire, and finally crushed into a powder. Another choice is to use black cardamom (moti elaichi), which has a smokey flavour by nature, for green cardamom. 

Charcoal: This is the closest match to tandoor cooking that you can find. You can put a tiny bowl of charcoal that has been burned on the burner into the bowl containing your cooked dish. Put a lid on top to let the charcoal's smokiness permeate your dish. 

Earthen Pot: Every meal was prepared in earthen pots, and our forefathers relished the tandoor-like flavour. You can do the same thing by heating a tiny earthen pot, a broken piece of a larger earthen pot, or an earthen plate on a stove. After that, add ghee, place the pot into the bowl of food, and then cover it for a short while. 

Liquid Smoke: Bartenders typically utilise liquid smoke, which is condensed hardwood smoke, to smoke alcoholic beverages. You can buy edible liquid smoke and put it in your food and beverages.