Difference between OTG and Electric Tandoor

Key Difference: OTG is short for oven, toaster and griller and is another name for toaster oven. OTG ovens are small electric ovens that resemble their big brother in many ways. They have front door, removable wire rack and baking pan. An electric tandoor is sort of a mini tandoor that is used in many traditional Southeast Asian cooking. An electric tandoor is sort of a compact portable tandoor that can be used to cook tandoori dishes, naans and rotis using electricity for power.

The oldest ovens required kindling, fire, manual temperature management and cooking. With the latest technology, ovens are now capable of doing these features automatically with just a touch of a button of a turn of the knob. There are various different types of ovens that are released for specific purposes for just baking or toasting. Even tandoors, which used to be a specialty of many great cooks of maintaining the heat and cooking to just the right temperature have been made easy with the launch of electric tandoors. Now cooking tandoori rotis, naans and meat have become super easy. OTG and electric tandoor are two different types of ovens that are available for purchase in the market.

OTG is short for oven, toaster and griller and is another name for toaster oven. OTG ovens are small electric ovens that resemble their big brother in many ways. They have front door, removable wire rack and baking pan. The oven allows three features, as the name suggests, it can be used as an oven for baking, a toaster for toasting bread products and as a grill for grilling meat, vegetables and various other food items. These ovens are usually smaller than traditional ovens and are used for basic cooking, heat and grilling small quantities of food. However, for many people choice also depends on the how much food is cooked, how many people require serving, what needs to be cooked and what flavors must be included. Many people prefer to the large ovens because they claim that the larger space allows the meat to retain its juices, while the smaller oven makes the meat dry. This is similar with cakes and other baked goods.

OTGs are portable and small ovens and do not require any additional set-up. The ovens also use small amounts of electricity and are considered to be quite economical. The OTG ovens have coils made of nickel/chromium metal alloys that convert electricity into heat. The heat is then applied to the foods to heat the foods from the outside in. The OTG ovens are available with a timer, temperature knob, automatic timer (for some features such as toaster) and a knob for changing between different features. Some ovens may also offer additional cycles such as defrost cycle, though this depends on the make or the brand of the oven.

An electric tandoor is sort of a mini tandoor that is used in many traditional Southeast Asian cooking. The original tandoor is a cylindrical clay pit that is used for baking and roasting. It uses coals and wood for fire, with the food being placed on a stick directly above the coals and fire. It gives a charred taste to the food. It is one of the most popular dishes around the world. An electric tandoor is sort of a compact portable tandoor that can be used to cook tandoori dishes, naans and rotis using electricity for power. It resembles the toaster oven in shape, though it only has a small glass viewing window. The tandoor is square, metallic box, with a sliding tray that allows food to go into the oven for cooking.

The electric tandoor uses the same coil technology to convert electricity into heat for cooking the food. The electric tandoor is not limited to only tandoori items; it can also be used to cook pakodas, parathas, cookies, desserts and many other items. The electric oven can defrost items, without cooking it, has a warming feature and can even bake pizza. The electric tandoori uses little to no oil for preparing the food and is considered to be a healthy option compared to frying and sautéing.

 

OTG

Electric Tandoor

Runs on

Runs on electricity

Runs of electricity

Price

It is almost in the same range as the microwave. It is a plug-and-use appliance.

It is quite on the cheap side. It is most popular found in India.

Uses

For toasting, baking, grilling and broiling.

For making tandoori rotis, naans, baking pizzas, stuffed vegetables, etc.

Heating

Heating is a bit as the electric coils take time to heat up.

The device does not take much time to heat up intitially.

Cooking Time

Toaster ovens take a little while to cook, similar to conventional ovens.

Cooking time is also less.

Economical

Toasters are economical as it works on electricity. It does not consume too much electricity. However, economical ability varies depending on the usage of the device.

Quite economical as it uses less electricity and cooks food within 3-5 minutes.

Heat distribution

Toasters do not provide even heat. They do not have a fan to provide even distribution. Toasters have more heat where the coils are.

Heat distribution is uneven, as heat is only distributed from the above.

Temperature Management

Temperature is managed using temperature controls. The heat can be set to desired temperature, depending on what is going to be cooked.

Temperature is automatically managed.

Burners

Toaster ovens have electric coils for creating heat.

Has aluminum coils on the top that heats up.

Benefits

Toaster ovens are similar to cheaper and more compact versions of conventional ovens. They are perfect for baking, broiling, roasting and toasting. It is also quite cheap compared to the big conventional oven.

Electric tandoor is economical in the long run as it does not require much energy. It is also cheaper and portable and does not require any additional set up.

Limitations

Toasters can make only limited amount of food (for example, only small cakes can be made as the oven is small); takes time to heat up and cook. It also has uneven heat distribution. Toaster ovens are also unable to make foods such as rice or boiling.

Can only cook small amounts of certain foods. The device is unable to bake, grill or broil and provides uneven heating to food.

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