Among the most popular dishes at the restaurant here in Stourbridge is Tandoori. Everyone has heard of it, Stourbridge locals love it, but where did tandoori originate and how is it cooked?
Spices used at the restaurant
Tandoori came to the UK from Northern India and Pakistan. Its name is derived from the Tandoor oven in which food is cooked. We tend to think of tandoori as being chicken, but lamb, fish and prawns are prepared and can be enjoyed in the same way at East 2 West Fusion. To make Tandoori masala, we first grind together a variety of spices including garam masala, garlic, ginger, onion and cayenne pepper then mix them with plain yogurt to cover the meat.
The difference between tandoori and tikka
Marinated in these special herbs and spices before being grilled over charcoal in the tandoor, tandoori is roasted whole while tikka is cut into pieces and grilled on skewers. As temperatures inside the oven can reach 480°c, meat chars very quickly – especially on the outside. At the same time the flavour within is retained, leaving a succulent, aromatic and spicy taste. After roasting in the oven at very high heat, the meat sometimes has a pink-colored exterior and a savory flavor. When turmeric is used, a yellow-orange colour is produced.
Here at East 2 West Fusion tandoori restaurant Stourbridge, the tandoor is essential for the art of preparing many of our dishes. For a complete meal we generally recommend chapatti or naan bread, which is also cooked in the traditional way. At the restaurant we serve these dishes with salad and mint sauce. Tandoori can be enjoyed either as a starter or main course. Among the latter, especialy recommended are many of our house specialities, which combine tikka with curry or other sauces. We have a whole host of Indian delights to tempt you ranging from mild to spicy to suit all tastes.
Whether you are a local or just visiting Stourbridge, a warm welcome is always guaranteed at our restaurant.
Watch the demonstration below to see how kebabs are made in the traditional Indian way.