[tahn-doo r-ee]


baked or cooked in a tandoor: tandoori chicken.


a plural of tandoor.

Origin of tandoori

1965–70; < Hindi tandūrī, adj. derivative of tandūr tandur


[tahn-doo r]

noun, plural tan·doors, tan·door·i [tahn-doo r-ee] /tɑnˈdʊər i/. Indian Cookery.

a cylindrical clay oven, fired to a high heat by wood or charcoal, in which foods, especially meats, are cooked and bread is baked.

Origin of tandoor

1655–65; < Hindi, Urdu tandūr < Persian tanūr
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Related Words for tandoori

kiln, stove, microwave, range, roaster, tandoor

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British Dictionary definitions for tandoori



  1. an Indian method of cooking meat or vegetables on a spit in a clay oven
  2. (as modifier)tandoori chicken

Word Origin for tandoori

from Urdu, from tandoor an oven
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Word Origin and History for tandoori

type of Indian cooking, 1958, from adjectival form of Urdu or Punjabi tandur "cooking stove," from Turkish tandur, from Turkish pronunciation of Arabic and Persian tannur "oven, portable furnace," of Semitic origin.



1660s, from Turkish pronunciation of Persian and Arabic tannur "oven, portable furnace" (see tandoori).

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