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Home & Family: Tandoor Oven

Forget the grill, invest in a few clay pots and build a tandoor in your backyard this summer! For about $100 you can build a natural convection oven that will make you the envy of neighborhood bbq's.

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DIY Tandoor Oven

This is how I will become a grillmaster. Neither changing propane tanks, nor praying at the altar of Weber, but rather with a tandoor. The contraption now sits in my backyard, taunting my with its emptiness. It is neither difficult to build nor challenging to maintain and at the risk of sounding alarmist I want to scream through the digitas WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

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My pursuits of the perfect Saag have taken me far and wide. I’ve tried many a recipe in my kitchen, some my own, some belonging to those far more well-versed in Indian cooking. My pursuits have brought forth this dish, reminiscent of the saag at my favorite Indian restaurant, but tweaked for my Brooklyn kitchen. Instead of spinach I used rainbow chard because it was local, fresh and calling to me with jewel-toned legs amidst the shrubbery of the produce aisle. Two bunches may look like a lot when you stick it in your cart, but chard (like every leafy green) cooks down to nothing. Ergo, buy more than you think you need. 


  • 2 bunches Rainbow Chard
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 inch Ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon Mustard Seed
  • ½ tablespoon Amchur (or the pit of one mango)
  • 3-5 Cardomom Pods (depending on your affinity for the scent)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • ½ cup Coconut Milk


  1. Strip the leaves of chard from their jewel-toned stems. Reserve the stems for making veggie stock, we will not be using them in this recipe. Stack the leaves of chard and roll them into a fat, tight cigar. Slicing across the roll, cut the chard into strips. Set the ribbons aside.
  2. In a large stock pot or wok heat the oil over medium-high heat until rippling.
  3. Add the ginger and saute for 3-5 minutes, or until it is golden brown.
  4. Add the mustard seeds and amchur (or the mango pit) and immediately put a lid on the pot. The seeds will start to pop and without a lid your kitchen will be covered in tiny little black spots. I repeat, put a lid on it.
  5. When the popping dies down (after about a minute or two), open the lid and stuff the chard into the pot.
  6. Add the cardomom pods, salt and pepper and stir everything to combine.
  7. Continue to stir as the chard wilts and pour in the coconut milk.
  8. Put the lid back on the pot, drop the heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  9. Remove the lid and continue to simmer for another 5 minutes, or until the leaves are tender and the milk has thickened slightly.
  10. Eat it.

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Beginning with an Indian inspiration I tore the insides from mental samosas and packed them into a casserole dish. The result is a tray of scoopable, spiced, tender, and crusty potatoes, perfect as the bed for some fried eggs. I add a lot of peas to my potato mixture, feel free to adjust the proportion should you be pea-averse. 


  • 4 large Yukon Gold Potatoes (~2 lbs)

  • 1 tablespoon White Vineger

  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil

  • 2 Serrano Chilies, minced (~2 tbs)

  • 5 cloves Garlic, minced (~1 1/2 tbs)

  • 3 inches Ginger, chopped (~3 tbs)

  • 1 tablespoon Black Mustard Seed

  • 1 tablespoon Amchur

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Whole Cumin Seeds

  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Coriander

  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cardamom

  • 1/2 teaspoon Fennel Powder

  • 2 cups frozen Green Peas


  1. Chop the potatoes into roughly 2 inch pieces.
  2. Place them in a large saute pan and cover with two cups of water. Add the vinegar.
  3. Cover the pan and bring to a simmer, cook at a medium temp for 15-20 minutes, until potatoes are fork tender but have not lost their shape completely.
  4. Drain the potatoes and partially mash in a large bowl.
  5. Heat the oil in a large wok or saute pan.
  6. When the oil is hot, toss in the serrano chilies, garlic, ginger, cumin seeds and black mustard seeds.  Saute till light brown.
  7. Throw in all the remaining spices.
  8. Add the semi-mashed potatoes, stir everything to distribute the spices.
  9. Add the frozen peas.
  10. Spoon potato mixture into casserole dish and drizzle olive oil on top. Slide into the oven at 375 for 10-15 minutes to crisp up the top.