vin·​da·​loo ˈvin-də-ˌlü How to pronounce vindaloo (audio)
plural vindaloos
: a curried dish of Indian origin made with meat or shellfish, garlic, and wine or vinegar

Examples of vindaloo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hops feature more in the aroma, which yields to a pleasant, balanced sweetness and a smooth finish that, like all Rupee beers, is designed to pair well with spicy vindaloo and chana masala. Tony Rehagen, Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2024 Where the average foodie might enjoy a little Tabasco or enjoy trying habanero salsa and fiery vindaloo curry, these chili heads take their spice consumption to another level, competing around the country and abroad to chow down on dozens of the most scorching peppers at a time. Pat Saperstein, Variety, 24 Jan. 2024 In some quite macabre experiments, researchers have shown that women are much more sensitive to electric shocks, muscle pain, hot and cold, and chemical pain, such as the discomfort of eating a vindaloo curry. Michael Brooks, Discover Magazine, 6 Mar. 2015 For the carnivores, the rich chicken tikka masala and fiery vindaloos are perpetual favorites. Globe Staff,, 31 Mar. 2023 India’s vindaloo curry descends from vinha d’alhos, a wine-and-garlic marinade. Paul Ames, CNN, 5 Mar. 2023 And for younger Americans, white and non-, who have grown up eating pho and vindaloo and barbacoa, their opportunity to take the reins on Thanksgiving means that the holiday’s average menu is likely to improve—to become more delicious and exciting and flavorful—over time. Daniel Engber, The Atlantic, 24 Nov. 2022 Duck vindaloo, a spiced curry dish. Marc Bona, cleveland, 28 Aug. 2022 Add to this coconut, black pepper, cinnamon and red chiles, and vindaloo was born. Anita Jaisinghani, Robb Report, 29 Aug. 2022

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Word History


probably from Konkani vindalu, from Indo-Portuguese (Portuguese creole of India) vinh d'alho, literally, wine of garlic, from Portuguese vinho de alho

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vindaloo was in 1888

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“Vindaloo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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