Tajine and tandori: ethnic cooking utensils

Ethnic kitchen utensils: Tajine and tandoori

The ethnic food it has a very broad meaning but usually our brain is more inclined to think about typical dishes Indians cooked in the tandoori, or in the typical cuisine car, with its dishes made in the tajine (italianizzate in tagine).

If the first, typical Indian inverted bell ovens, it is a bit difficult to have them at home, a different matter must be made for the typical terracotta dishes.

In addition to allowing you to cook food in a manner to you (practically a steam cooking), the tagines are thick beautiful items furniture that can be left exposed in your kitchens.

With these ethnic kitchen utensils the dishes to prepare will be really many.
The best known of all are the Mqualli (chicken with lemon and olives), the Kefta (minced meat, beef or lamb with a spice and onion) and the Mrouzia (lamb meat with honey, raisins, spices and toasted almonds).

How do the tagines work?

the spices in this type of cuisine reign supreme: turmeric, ginger, saffron, pepper and garlic. Despite, as mentioned, it is one kitchen very light, these will add a lot of flavor to the prepared dishes.

The operation of such kitchen accessories is very simple.
Thanks to a long cooking over low heat, theinternal from the tajine a recirculation of steam will be created which will cook the ingredients, keeping them moist and making them absorb all the aromas some spices.

3G home flame diffuserThe flame spreader of the 3G home

In practice, it will be good to arrange food with cooking longer in the center while those that release more water such as vegetables will be placed on the sides.

There are two types of tagine on the market. The classics in terracotta, for which you will need to purchase one flame spreaders (like the one of 3G Home) for use on the stove. For the more modern ones withsteel cooking will be easier but the flavor will never be as intense as with terracotta cooking.

Which tagine to buy

In addition to the differences described above, there is a point on which to be very careful, that is, always check that the object you want to buy is not simply decorative.

Many sellers on Amazon they hardly specify it. So check the description carefully if you don’t want to end up with an expensive serving dish.

Kitchen accessories: Emile Henry tagineKitchen accessories: Emile Henry tagine

Among the products for ethnic cuisine more than quality we find those of Emile Henry, with very particular essential lines that vaguely recall the typical dishes of Japanese cuisine. They are available in two sizes: 7 x 27 x 20 cm or 32 x 32 x 23 cm.

If you want something more typical it is better to choose the products of Marrakech Orient & Mediterran Interior which guarantee excellent quality at a much lower price than the previous ones.

These tagines are also suitable for cooking on the barbecue even if, given the slow cooking, it will not actually be very practical.

Tajine for induction hobs

Obviously for those who own a hob a induction will inevitably have to buy one tajine particularly in stainless steel. The products of the Cook Concept, from the Scheffler or of the WEB2O.

WEB2O stainless steel tagineWEB2O stainless steel tagine

These products, as mentioned, will not return the typical ones flavors of terracotta tajines due to the material with which they are made, which do not have the typical porosity of terracotta.

On the other hand, the composite bottom in stainless steel and the lid in die-cast aluminum make these tajine decidedly more light compared to the classic ones, managing to keep the heat even longer.

Tajine Cook ConceptTajine Cook Concept

From the point of view of the design however, if you are looking for something with an unmistakable ethnic aspect, unfortunately you will be a bit disappointed.

Kitchen accessories for serving tagines

The tradition he would like everyone to eat from the same dish but this can be decidedly uncomfortable for us Westerners. To maintain some semblance of these customs, however, one could consider purchasing mini tagine from the GOTO ceramic and only suitable as serving dishes.

Mini table tagine from GOTOMini table tagine from GOTO

These tagines are however equipped with the typical cone lid, so that they can be served closed and to maintain all the heat but above all the smells of the recipes just made. These products, unlike the real Tajine, are easily washable in dishwasher.

Tips on using the tagine

As soon as you buy a tagine it cannot be used immediately.
It will indeed go treated before use by putting it completely a bath in water and leaving it this way for 12 ore.

Tajine with peas and onions
This obviously only applies to the terracotta tagines.
The water will wet all the material from the bottom of the pan, which is not enameled, and will leave it ready for its first use. This procedure must be done just once.

Terracotta tajine by Etnico FurnitureTerracotta tajine with classic deviations by Etnico Furniture

The tagine is important, will not go absolutely wash in the dishwasher, because the detergent it would slip into the material which is very porous.

The soap, in fact, entering from the bottom, would compromise the subsequent cooking making the food very inedible.

For a proper cleaning of the tagine in addition to using water it is good to help yourself with one Brush and, to eliminate odors, a little bit of vinegar or of lemon.

The tagine as mentioned, it cannot be put on direct flame except by using a net flame spreader as big as the bottom of the dish.

The flame finally, it must always be low.

Tajine recipe books

This type of cuisine is very far from our standards. Especially if you want to give this object as a gift, why not also accompany it with a good one recipes book.

The possibilities are plentiful including Tajine without borders by the famous chef Bruno Barbieri or Cuisine made in Morocco, published by the Lonely Planet Italia publishing house. The important thing in any case, when choosing such a book, is to make sure that it has some Photo explanatory to facilitate the operations to be done in the kitchen.

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