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 In the same food hall, Norwegian has built its first Indian bistro, including two tandoor ovens. Ramsey Qubein, Forbes, 31 July 2022 On one side of the kitchen, customers can watch Choolaah employees cooking naan, grilled chicken or salmon in a set of three custom tandoor ovens, firing the menu items in 700-degree heat. Annie Nickoloff, cleveland, 29 July 2022 And by the light of a Lakers game flashing on a flat-screen at Pijja Palace in Los Angeles, Avish Naran serves a tandoor spaghetti, its Italianate strands flecked with smoked chile. Joshua David Stein, WSJ, 22 July 2022 While the main ingredient – wheat flour – is the same, Afghan bakers hand-shape the dough, rather than rolling it out, and their use of a tandoor results in large, pillowy rounds. Shefali Rafiq, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 May 2022 Menu items will be made with traditional Indian spices and flavors, and the restaurant has a tandoor oven for bread and other items. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 May 2022 Then the rounds are shaped by hand, imprinted with a decorative pattern, and sprinkled with water and sesame seeds before going into the tandoor, or clay oven. Shefali Rafiq, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 May 2022 In the rugged mountains of Germany's Westphalia region, bakers steam loaves of dense rye for up to 24 hours, while a round of Armenian lavash made from wheat turns blistered and brown after 30 seconds inside a tandoor oven. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, 4 May 2022 Blistered in the tandoor, the fluffy naan helps erase the last of any sauce. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 See More

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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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“Tandoor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tandoor. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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