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- The name tandoori masala comes from the type of clay pot used to cook some dishes in which the spice blend is used.
- Tandoors are known for their ability to reach very high temperatures similar to pizza ovens. In some cases, they can put out as much as 900 degrees Fahrenheit.
- There is no standard recipe for tandoori masala but most blends offer a pungent sweetness backed up by bitter notes and heat.
- Cardamom and black peppercorns are both used in many tandoori masala blends and are rich in fiber. Other spices like nutmeg and cloves also provide significant amounts of fiber.
- The cayenne pepper used in tandoori masala can provide a significant amount of vitamin A, while cloves and cardamom are rich in vitamin C.
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►India has long been known for its abundance of spices and its cuisine revolves around them. Tandoori masala is one of many spice blends from the subcontinent, reflecting not only spices that originated there but also those imported from elsewhere like chili peppers.
►The tandoori masala used in the west is best known for the color that it gives to food, which is a bright red. Early versions relied on chili peppers to provide this color, while more modern blends use food coloring.
►This spice blend is a staple in numerous Indian dishes including the famous tandoori chicken. It is also the seasoning used in another Indian dish popular with westerners-butter chicken.
►Tandoori chicken is made by marinating the chicken in a mixture of yogurt and tandoori masala. The chicken is then baked in a tandoor.
►Butter chicken is prepared in a similar way except that the chicken is served in a mild sauce that may also include butter.