Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A cylindrical oven made of clay, heated to a high heat over charcoal or wood, and used in India for baking bread and roasting meat.

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  • n. A cylindrical clay oven used, in the cuisine of the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent, to make flat bread, or to cook meat.

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  • n. a clay oven used in northern India and Pakistan

Etymologies

Hindi and Urdu tandūr, from Persian, variant of tannūr, from Middle Persian, from Arabic, from Akkadian tinūru, oven.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hindustani तन्दूर (tandūr) / تندور (tandūr), from Persian تنور (tanur), from Arabic تَنُّور (tannūr), ultimately from Akkadian  (tinūru), all meaning oven. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Atta Chicken, which roughly translates to 'dough' chicken, dates back to a time in Punjab Province when every little house had a brick oven, known as a tandoor.

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  • A tandoori oven, known as a tandoor, is cylindrical and used for cooking meat dishes plus breads like nan and roti.

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  • A most popular Indian / Pakistan chicken dish which is cooked in a clay oven called a tandoor; this is extremely popular in the West and appears on the majority of the restaurant menus.

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  • According to the menu, a tandoor is a traditional pitcher-shaped clay oven used to cook meat and bread in ancient India.

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  • For the longest time I thought the "tandoori" in "tandoori chicken" referred to some kind of blend of spices used to marinate the meat, not realizing that there is actually a cylindrical clay oven called a tandoor for cooking all sorts of meats and veggies.

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  • Originally from the Punjab region of India, this dish consists of chicken, usually skinless, that’s marinated in yogurt and spices and then cooked at high heat in a clay oven known as a tandoor.

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  • B industry to his new role as Chef de Cuisine of the Indian restaurant, many of which have been spent perfecting Bukhara cuisine - involving the delicate cooking of kebabs in a traditional 'tandoor' clay oven - in two of India's most renowned restaurants specialising in this culinary tradition.

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  • The different types of Naan, a bread baked in a tandoor which is a clay oven, are especially delicious.

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  • It's not hard to find an Afghan 'tandoor' or 'bhati' bakery on the many congested streets of

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  • Ten years ago, she opened a 'tandoor' restaurant (where one can buy two pieces of subsidised 'roti' - unleavened bread - and get a plate of curry or vegetables for free) for the daily wage earners in a poor locality of Karachi, which she has since expanded to three.

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