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

Definition of tandoor

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

Examples of tandoor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Arouk bread — a tandoor bread made of dough mixed with celery and spices — is another favorite. Washington Post, "Home-cooked food in Iraqi square brings protesters together," 15 Dec. 2019 Menu items range from those cooked in a clay oven called a tandoor to those grilled over an open flame. Birmingham Magazine, al, "10 new and soon-to-open restaurants to try in Birmingham," 5 Nov. 2019 Little wonder, then, that loaves from the tandoor oven at our neighborhood Indian restaurant haunt my dreams. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "How to make naan at home, plus recipes for using it," 9 Oct. 2019 At Tamarind Indian Cuisine, meals begin with warm baskets of naan, a traditional Indian bread baked in a tandoor. orlandosentinel.com, "2019 Orlando Sentinel Best Bets: Dining & Restaurants winners," 5 Oct. 2019 Food specialties: Tandoori is a style of Indian cooking using a tandoor, a cylindrical clay oven fired to a high heat by wood or charcoal. Jane Donahue, Naperville Sun, "Indian Harvest brings savory cuisine to the suburbs," 6 June 2018

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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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9 May 2020

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“Tandoor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tandoor. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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