Definition of tandoori in English:

tandoori

adjective

  • Denoting or relating to a style of Indian cooking based on the use of a tandoor.

    ‘tandoori chicken’
    • ‘I love tandoori chicken and have made it at home using a paste-in-a-jar sauce.’
    • ‘After years of experimenting with restaurants specialising in North Indian and tandoori dishes, there seems to be a growing demand among the urban clientele for traditional Kerala fare.’
    • ‘For those who are still confused, Anari Jhinga is a tasty dish of fresh prawns marinated with pomegranate paste and tandoori spices, and cooked until the aroma wafts pleasantly into the air.’
    • ‘So I thought I'd slip down incognito for a tandoori lamb salad, a Goan prawn curry and a glass of wine, and then come home and write it up.’
    • ‘While books by Indian authors are flying off the shelves, tandoori fare is reputed to have overtaken fish and chips as the national favorite.’
    • ‘As a result, Indian tandoori restaurants have sprung up all around the world.’
    • ‘If you are tired of the regular variety, you can try out the desi version of the pizza - Naanza - tandoori chicken on a tandoori naan base.’
    • ‘The dishes covered the gamut of culinary endeavour from Guinness-and-lamb stew to salmon with tandoori spices.’
    • ‘He also has several special tandoori recipes to his credit.’
    • ‘After a sumptuous dinner of our favourite tandoori kababs and chicken, we are then off to a cinema.’
    • ‘If all these kababs are only appetisers for you, order the tandoori chicken to fill in the gaps.’
    • ‘There are also gargantuan lamb shanks studded with lotus roots, giant tandoori prawns flown in from Sri Lanka, and leaning towers of tender salmon interspersed with okra and spicy tomato sauce.’
    • ‘‘I go to my local tandoori restaurant on a regular basis in North Yorkshire,’ he said.’
    • ‘I had ordered chicken tikka from the tandoori specialities section of the menu, and it arrived sizzling on a skewer before being piled up on my plate with juicy pieces of onion.’
    • ‘Oh, yes, there are the obligatory North Indian tandoori items and some perfectly fine meat-based curries notably lacking in excess oil.’
    • ‘Here we ate a mountain of tandoori lamb chops, moist chicken tikka, fragrant rice, and vegetables with fresh herbs and spices.’
    • ‘You can also order plain tandoori naan or tandoori roti for the same price.’
    • ‘Ditto the butter chicken, which is first marinated in tandoori sauce, then roasted in the tandoor and sauced up with cream and butter.’
    • ‘These are followed by 9 tandoori specialties with lamb, chicken and prawn, some combined with cheeses.’
    • ‘India has a cuisine as diverse as its contrasting climate and the Punjab is famed for its clay ovens and tandoori cooking.’

noun

mass noun
  • 1Tandoori food or cooking.

    ‘the tavern serves tandoori and other traditional dishes’
    • ‘We also munched our way through the blackened salmon tandoori, a succulent Balbir staple.’
    • ‘The restaurant's menu is vast, featuring traditional dishes of every kind including balti, tandoori, biryani, korma, bhuna, rogan josh - and even English dishes.’
    • ‘Of course, this would work beautifully with other spice rubs and mixes too, including tandoori and curry.’
    • ‘Jalpari Chaat tandoori (prawn and scallops, with mint, and grapes) is a fusion of Mediterranean and Indian influences, and they have quite a few dishes that would straddle that.’
    • ‘At a typical Indian meal, with its array of curries and tandoori, dals (bean and lentil sides), breads and basmati rice dishes, spicy heat is played against cooler flavors, creating food with both physical and psychological effects.’
    • ‘This Indian restaurant offers a tasty selection of tandoori and curries.’
    • ‘There is tandoori on the menu, but it is pigeon with black lentil sauce, or swordfish with Rajastan sauce.’
    • ‘Small and sleek, it offers exceptional sushi and sashimi, plus specialities such as swordfish tandoori and calamari stuffed with curried couscous.’
    • ‘We like the food too: spicy samosas, tandoori and Thai chicken.’
    • ‘Traditional classics such as tandoori, balti, korma, pathia, dopiaza, madras and bhuna curries were there, along with a decent choice of chef's specials, and, I was pleased to see, no puddings.’
    • ‘These included chicken tikka, Chinese chicken and chicken tandoori, each in a wrap.’
    • ‘The chicken tandoori combines chicken with Indian-style vegetable rice.’
    • ‘We all tucked in to our dishes of fish, and although the salmon tandoori was probably a touch overcooked, the red snapper was glorious.’
    • ‘Both nation's cuisines are well covered, and you'll be able to find a range of rendangs, sambals, satay and roti as well as kormas, masalas, tandoori and naan.’
    • ‘The classic Indian meal is a madcap, group event, with crispy bhajis to nibble before your tandoori arrives, and pillows of basmati rice to leaven the scorching lamb vindaloo when it gets too hot.’
    • ‘The situation was not helped by the constant stream of Indian food, curry, balti, tandoori, pappadum and raitha poured down the traumatised gullet of the elderly Bostonian lady on seat 27C by the flight attendants.’
    • ‘Named after the president, who had eaten there, our entrée was a savory feast of leg of lamb, chicken tandoori, dal, and nan.’
    • ‘Fish tandoori is served with stuffed aubergines in tomato sauce.’
    • ‘In just two minutes, a lovely curry is ready to be had with rotis, tandoori or rumali and naan.’
    • ‘But the pervasive smell is the rich charred aroma of tandoori and creamy tikka masala rather than cheap liquor and urine.’
    1. 1.1count noun A restaurant serving tandoori food.
      ‘a local tandoori’
      • ‘The most extraordinary thing about the Balti Houses and Rajput Tandooris up and down the country is that each and every one of them has the same menu.’
      • ‘The decor is a million miles from your local taj tandoori, and the chef's imaginative contemporary food is subtly spiced.’
      • ‘Does our local tandoori still do deliveries?’
      • ‘We Brits seem to favour eight pints of lager over a bottle of vino at the local tandoori.’
      • ‘Or if someone pops into the local tandoori, do we ask that all curries be banned because they smell?’

Origin

From Urdu and Persian tandūri, from tandūr (see tandoor).

Pronunciation

tandoori

/tanˈdʊəri/