Coal Smoking Method For Tandoori Recipes - Smoke Food Using Charcoal

Here is a brilliant cooking technique you can use to get Tandoori Taste to your dishes. Watch the video and learn how to coal smoke your dishes to get a tandoori taste and flavour.

Archana Doshi
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Smoking food at home, using hot charcoal is a super easy method to achieve the tandoori effect right in your own kitchen. This method lends that smoky flavour usually obtained by cooking in a tandoor, with as little as a piece of coal. Using this technique of coal smoking, you will get the taste and aroma that the food has just come out of the barbecue grill or a tandoor, without the hassle of firing up a tandoor or barbecue at home. You can do this right on your stove top.

Here are a few recipes where we can use coal smoking method:

  1. Smoked Dhaba Dal
  2. Smoked Palak Paneer
  3. Smoked Dal Makhani Dhaba Style Recipe
  4. Smoked Vegetarian Spanish Rice Recipe

Cuisine: Indian


  • 4 inch Coal
  • 1 teaspoon Ghee

How to make Coal Smoking Method For Tandoori Recipes - Smoke Food Using Charcoal

  1. To begin, first take a piece of coal (about 3 inches big) and hold it over a gas flame with the help of tongs.

  2. The coal will begin to turn red hot and grey in about 5 minutes. This indicates that the coal is ready to be used for smoking. 

  3. At this point heat a frying pan to medium heat and pour in the contents of the dish that you want to get the smoked flavor.

  4. Make a well in the centre of the pan, by pushing a glass or steel cup into it. Place the hot coal inside the cup. Pour a spoon of ghee on the coal.

  5. It will begin to smoke. Immediately cover the pan and reduce the heat to low and allow it to rest for about a minute. Open the lid and remove the coal cup. You dish will now have a smoked tandoori flavor.