Definition of tandoor in English:


Pronunciation /tanˈdɔː//tanˈdʊə//ˈtandʊə//ˈtandɔː/


  • A clay oven of a type used originally in northern India and Pakistan.

    • ‘Nowadays, the basic nan is a wheat-flour bread leavened with a starter of the sourdough kind, cooked in a clay tandoor.’
    • ‘The Blonde had the doracha seekh, a combination of chicken and crab flakes chargrilled in the tandoor oven and served with a piquant mango and avocado chutney, at £7.50.’
    • ‘Since breads play a major role in Indian cuisine, the restaurant imported mud from specific regions of India to make the tandoor, influencing the taste to some extent.’
    • ‘The restaurant also has a tandoor in their kitchen, which allows the chiefs to make Indian style barbecue of various flavours.’
    • ‘The old women had brought pitchers full of buttermilk and loads of bread baked in tandoors.’
    • ‘In the back are two, simple, bucket tandoors: one for skewers, one for bread.’
    • ‘I add a twist of tradition by soaking the lentils overnight, cooking them in a tandoor, then deep frying them so they get crisp on the outside but keep their soft interior.’
    • ‘The squid was barbecued in the tandoor oven and we all marvelled at how tender it was.’
    • ‘The irreverent cook can, of course, substitute the tandoor with an electric oven, and the oven with a covered saucepan, and so on.’
    • ‘Ditto the butter chicken, which is first marinated in tandoori sauce, then roasted in the tandoor and sauced up with cream and butter.’
    • ‘Generous chunks of meaty fish were dry marinated in spices, baked in the tandoor and served with rice and naan.’
    • ‘They are loved for their hot, tasty food, which is served direct from the tandoor oven.’
    • ‘The versatility of the cuisine and the custom of cooking in community ovens or tandoors have entered the homes of many communities.’
    • ‘On the other hand, Dhingri Saffedi is a delicious preparation of mushrooms, containing khoya, panneer and ‘till’ seeds, roasted to sizzling heat in a tandoor.’
    • ‘When I announced I would prefer mine without butter, the guy fishing them out of the tandoor ignored the request.’
    • ‘Preheat a grill, griddle or barbecue (in the absence of a tandoor oven) until glowing hot.’
    • ‘‘I prefer using a combination of traditional tandoor and charcoal griller,’ she says.’
    • ‘More than 175 participants will be putting up stalls, showcasing products ranging from electric tandoors to Ford automobiles.’
    • ‘Choose from the assortment, stuffed with a variety of fillings and cooked to your order in the tandoor or on a tawa.’
    • ‘They were marinated in ginger, garlic, yoghurt and garam masala, then barbecued in the tandoor oven and served with fresh mint chutney.’


From Urdu tandūr, from Persian tanūr, based on Arabic tannūr ‘oven’.