Cooking Hacks

Charcoal Smoke Your Food

Friends, winter is officially over (this is not a GoT reference heheh). That being said, it is quite self-explanatory that the season of outdoor parties, BBQ weekends and garden get-together’s has also bid adieu (funny because people usually do all this during summer and we don’t!)

I’ll be honest, the one thing we all miss during summer in Dubai is the opportunity to grill and BBQ outdoor. There are tons of parks and spaces where people go to have a great time with friends and family! For me, the best part is obviously the amazing food we get to make and eat! Many people invest in buying a good grill before winter starts (these tend to be anywhere from AED 300 onward). However, let me break this to you- there are lots of ways to have that amazingggg charcoal flavor in your food just by being in the comfort of your kitchen!

I’ve grown up seeing my mom prepare Tikka Masala, Tandoori Chicken Biryani, Galawat Kebabs etc all with that charcoal smoke flavor. I will help those who aren’t aware of it and i promise you, once you go this way, there is no turning back!!

Here’s how she does it:

  1. Take a small piece of charcoal and keep it on the stove. You can keep it directly on the flame but be careful not to burn yourself or your kitchen down!
  2. At the same time, when your main dish which requires this charcoal dhuaan (smoke) is done, peel a slice of onion and place it on top of the dish (this will act as a curved cup). Next, add half a teaspoon of oil in it.
  3. Once the coal starts to look orange from the sides, take it off with the help of a tong and place it on the onion  slice. As soon as the smoke starts to come up, close the lid of your pot/pan or serving dish immediately and let the charcoal smoke do its magic. Leave it in for at least 5 – 8 mins, this allows the food to absorb the smoke, making your food taste like you prepared it right on top of a BBQ grill!

If you have a small metal cup, you can use that too instead of the onion slice (it needs to be the size of a your little finger and not more)!

Guys, I’ve suggested this tip to lots of friends and most of them found it very easy and doable. If you’re like me, you’d like it for curries, kebabs, bhurtas, tomato chutneys, grilled shrimp and chicken as well!

Give it a try and let me know how different your food tasted after this hack 😉

  • Kamal
    June 15, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Very cool!! And very authentic. And I love your mom’s food so I know it’s a great tip!

  • Kainush
    June 14, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    That’s really helpful!! Thank you for the tips this is great i never knew it was that easy:)