tan·​door tän-ˈdu̇r How to pronounce tandoor (audio)
: a cylindrical clay oven in which food is cooked over charcoal

Examples of tandoor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kundan Lal was the first person known to use a tandoor oven to roast chickens; previously, tandoors had only been used to bake bread. Dallas News, 19 Oct. 2020 All the favorites are here at this friendly neighborhood restaurant, from samosas and tandoor dishes, to seekh kebab, served with sizzling green sauce and Butter Chicken and Chicken Korma. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2023 The most Indian thing about the seafood is the fact it’s cooked in a tandoor. Washington Post, 5 Mar. 2021 In addition to serving bona fide street eats like samosas and pani puri, and grilled meats cooked to perfection in a clay tandoor, some restaurateurs are offering top-notch beverage programs and high-end hospitality reserved for special occasion dining. Megha McSwain, Chron, 22 Mar. 2022 The most Indian thing about the dish is that it’s cooked in a tandoor. Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2021 Spiced lamb chops and skewered, ground chicken kababs are cooked in the restaurant’s charcoal tandoor, resulting in bite after tender bite of savory meat. Megha McSwain, Chron, 22 Mar. 2022 While most kebabs are cooked in the tandoor, shikampuri kebabs are fried. Kamalika Mukherjee, Vogue, 26 Jan. 2023 The restaurant utilizes tandoor clay ovens to quickly cook orders. Annie Nickoloff, cleveland, 21 July 2022 See More

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Word History


Hindi & Urdu tandūr, tannūr, from Persian tanūr, from Arabic tannūr

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tandoor was in 1840

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“Tandoor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tandoor. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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