Whether it is the most delicious tandoori chicken or scrumptious tandoori fruit chaat or classic tandoori murgh, dishes made on tandoor are just lip-smacking. I instantly start drooling after looking at a tandoori beauty served on my plate in a restaurant or even at home. Tandoori dishes actually have a smoky taste that makes them different from other specialties. If you like that smoky aroma in your tikkas, chaap and rolls, you have reached the right place as we are going to tell you some tips and tricks to prepare such tandoori recipes without actually using a tandoor. Read on to know.

Smoked Paprika

Bring some pimento pepper and put it over the fire for drying. Now, crush the smoke-dried pepper and sprinkle it over your favourite tandoori dish. 

Smoke Olive Oil

You can either simply purchase this oil from a market or prepare the same by infusing smoke from a mix of beech, birch wood, and oak into the oil. Add this smoky olive oil on top of the dish in which you want a smoky aroma. 

Black Cardamom

Black cardamom is something that almost everyone usually keeps in their houses. Make full use of the same. Take some black cardamoms and put them over the fire. Then, crush them coarsely and sprinkle on top your favourite dish for that distinct smoky flavor.


Now, this method is something most people are familiar with. Want your curry or tandoori dish to have a smoky flavor? If yes, burn a small piece of charcoal and put it in the dish. Also, add a tablespoon of ghee and cover the container with a lid so that the dish can absorb the smokiness of charcoal. 

Smoked Cheese

Did you know that something called smoky version of cheese exists? No? Well, it does. In fact, all varieties of cheese are available in smoked versions. Whenever you make pasta and wish to give it a smoky makeover, just add smoked cheese on top of it, and voila!