Tandoor as the fuel
efficient energy saving device with multiple uses:-
the version of tribals of Lahaul Tandoor saves firewood upto 50% and
serves the following purposes :-
compared to the conventional Chullas Tandoor can accommodate more than
one cooking pot, thus the cooking is faster and easier.
totally smokeless and more hygienic.
pots put on tandoor do not blacken by carbon.
serves twin purpose of heating the room and cooking.
the temperature of Tandoor rises it remains hot for about 30 minutes and
thus keeps room warm.
the ill members of the family can sit in the room comfortably where
Tandoor is used. Especially the patients suffering from eye diseases and
asthma can also enjoy the warmth of Tandoor.
saves the incidence of fires and burning of clothes.
Children remain safe from fireburns.
Tandoor is very easy
to maintain. People in Lahaul apply Mustard oil to protect it from
rusting. Normally good quality Tandoor lasts for 10 to 15 year.
to the womenfolk:-
As the cooking is
mainly done by the women in tribal area, Tandoor has helped them in
easier and less time consuming cooking. Besides there is no health
hazard in absence of smoke and effective burning of firewood.
1. Saves firewood
thus less hours involved to collect firewood.
2. Smokeless heating
and cooking as drudgery reducing measure to women.
3. Room remains clean
and saves time needed for cleaning.
4. Cleaning of
utensils easy as they are not blackened by fire all around.
5. Cooking is faster
which saves valuable time of women.
6. Women get rid of
many diseases caused by smoke as they have to be around Tandoor for most
of the time.
7. The beds and the
clothes do not get dirty by flying ash and smoke, which saves lot of
time otherwise needed for cleaning.
Contributed by Sh. B.R. Negi, DFO Lahaul Division.