tan·​door | \ tän-ˈdu̇r How to pronounce tandoor (audio) \

Definition of tandoor

: a cylindrical clay oven in which food is cooked over charcoal

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Recent Examples on the Web But owner Dhivya Jegenathan recently found another use for the kitchen's showy tandoor ovens. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our restaurant critic ate in the Twin Cities this week," 26 Mar. 2021 The cheery counter-service restaurant is not to be confused with Pizza Karma (8451 Joiner Way, Eden Prairie, 952-467-6100, pizzakarma.com), which showcases distinctive naan-style crusts baked in showy tandoor ovens. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "Pizza takeover! 12 new (or newish) pies and slices to try in the Twin Cities," 13 Nov. 2020 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, "Celebrate World Butter Chicken Day with everyone’s favorite Indian dish," 19 Oct. 2020 Islam is keeping his tandoor oven busy, deftly applying its concentrated heat to chicken, lamb and salmon. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 16 Oct. 2020 Lalloo Miyan, the nonagenarian naanpaaz, or breadmaker, has poured all his artistry into making giant khamiri rotis that come to us hot off the tandoor. Sona Bahadur, Quartz India, "The pandemic has taken away the delight of companionship while having a meal," 17 Sep. 2020 Traditionally, the dough is slapped against the chimney wall of a clay tandoor oven and baked over wood fires, but many home cooks make it on the stovetop. Saveur Editors, Saveur, "16 Flatbread Recipes to Satisfy Your Carb Cravings," 25 Mar. 2020 There's a rice steamer with no off-switch, an always-full pot of chai, and the soul of any Indian kitchen: a clay oven, the tandoor. CBS News, "A taste of India on the interstate," 24 Nov. 2019 Finally, there are five chili dishes made with Indian cottage cheese and cooked in the tandoor ($16.99), plus a variety of seasoned naan flatbreads ($2.99-$4.99) and roti ($2.99-$3.99). Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Sajna Indian Cuisine, now open, is Hollywood’s only Indian restaurant. Why did it take so long?," 21 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of tandoor

1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tandoor

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

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6 Apr 2021

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“Tandoor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tandoor. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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