Definition of tandoor in US English:



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

    • ‘They are loved for their hot, tasty food, which is served direct from the tandoor oven.’
    • ‘They were marinated in ginger, garlic, yoghurt and garam masala, then barbecued in the tandoor oven and served with fresh mint chutney.’
    • ‘Preheat a grill, griddle or barbecue (in the absence of a tandoor oven) until glowing hot.’
    • ‘The squid was barbecued in the tandoor oven and we all marvelled at how tender it was.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The versatility of the cuisine and the custom of cooking in community ovens or tandoors have entered the homes of many communities.’
    • ‘Ditto the butter chicken, which is first marinated in tandoori sauce, then roasted in the tandoor and sauced up with cream and butter.’
    • ‘When I announced I would prefer mine without butter, the guy fishing them out of the tandoor ignored the request.’
    • ‘The old women had brought pitchers full of buttermilk and loads of bread baked in tandoors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nowadays, the basic nan is a wheat-flour bread leavened with a starter of the sourdough kind, cooked in a clay tandoor.’
    • ‘The restaurant also has a tandoor in their kitchen, which allows the chiefs to make Indian style barbecue of various flavours.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘More than 175 participants will be putting up stalls, showcasing products ranging from electric tandoors to Ford automobiles.’
    • ‘‘I prefer using a combination of traditional tandoor and charcoal griller,’ she says.’
    • ‘In the back are two, simple, bucket tandoors: one for skewers, one for bread.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The irreverent cook can, of course, substitute the tandoor with an electric oven, and the oven with a covered saucepan, and so on.’
    • ‘Choose from the assortment, stuffed with a variety of fillings and cooked to your order in the tandoor or on a tawa.’
    • ‘Generous chunks of meaty fish were dry marinated in spices, baked in the tandoor and served with rice and naan.’


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