Here is a list of terminology for some of the spice names that I use in my recipes in alphabetical order. This list will grow. Please let me know if you want me to include any other spice names.
Indian ~ English
Achaar ~ Pickle
Ajwain ~ Carom seed
Aloo ~ Potato
Amchur ~ Dry mango powder
Atta ~ Whole wheat flour
Besan ~ Channa dal flour, Gram flour
Bhajra ~ Pearl Millet
Channa dal ~ Bengal gram, split pea
Chole ~ Chickpeas, Garbanzo beans
Dahi ~ Curd, Yogurt
Dhania (Herb) ~ Coriander, Cilantro
Dhania powder ~ Coriander seeds powder
Elaichi ~ Cardamom
Ghee ~ Clarified Butter
Haldi ~ Turmeric powder
Hing ~ Asafoetida
Jeera ~ Cumin
Kadai ~ An Indian wok. Check out more here
Kari leaves ~ Herb from Kari or Curry Tree. This has nothing to do with curry powder.
Kasoori Methi ~ Dried methi (fenugreek) leaves
Kesar ~ Saffron
Kishmish ~ Raisins
Makki or Makka ~ Corn
Methi ~ Fenugreek
Mirchi ~ Dry red chili
Mithai ~ Sweets
Mooli ~ White Radish, Daikon
Palak ~ Spinach
Pudina ~ Mint leaves
Rava or Rawa ~ Semolina
Rye or Rai ~ Mustard seeds
Sabudana ~ Tapioca
Shakkar ~ Sugar
Shimla Mirch ~ Bell Pepper, Capsicum
Sooji ~ Semolina
Toor dal ~ Yellow lentil, split pigeon peas
Urad dal ~ Black gram
Tava ~ A flat or slightly concave disc-shaped griddle made from cast iron, steel or aluminiumava or
Wow, what a great site! I am totally inspired by your recipes and photos. When’s the cookbook being published?! I’m going to try some recipes, will take me a while to get hold of some ingredients though. Thanks so much.
Thanks so much Alison. I wish I can publish a cookbook. But time will tell that when I get more readers to my blog.
what a wonderful resource! thank you SO much for taking the time to write out this translation. It is beyond helpful to me and my family!
thanks for the info… great work……
Thanks so much Mala
Thank you soooo much for your recipes! It was sent to me by a friend who just happens to have turned vegetarian after 2 months stay in the US :D! This site also totally solves a colleague’s and mine brainstorming as to what interesting items we can cook up for lunch w/o repeating the same items w/in 2 weeks at least! I also appreciate the efforts you put into pasting photos at appropriate cooking stages. I am not a Loki fan but your Loki recipe looks good and my friend vouches for it! I shall try them all! :). Once again, thank you.
Wow, I am so glad that I am able to give some recipes that might actually interest you and your friends. Being vegetarian is very easy and there is plenty of options and recipes. Good Luck Marhneil
*It was sent to me by a friend….
It – the URL 🙂
Thanks to your friend too.
Hi.. I came across your site, searching for quinoa in India. Do you still sell it? I’d like to buy it for my parents in Pune. Thanks!
Hi, I do not sell quinoa but one of the commenters seem to be doing that. You can ask them. I cannot email you his/her email but if they did by themself you can contact them. Hope this helps.
Thanks so much for the interpretations! I thought I’d seen a recipe for a kind of dumpling using chickpea flour on your site & thought I’d bookmarked it, but can’t find it now! Help! I really wanted to try that recipe!
HI Julia, chickpea flour is besan in Hindi. So look into one of these – https://365daysveg.wordpress.com/category/flour/besan-gram-flour/
Hope it helps.
Yay!! Thanks so much! Yes! Gatti Ki Saag! That’s the one! It looks so yummy & my husband is gluten intolerant so it looks like it would work for him! Thanks again!
I am looking at your recipe for sooji dhokla. When it says 1 cup, how many grams is this. What measurements are you using?
Mina, There are measuring cups, spoons which are used in measuring ingredients accuracy. You can get it any store. The measurement will be marked as 1 Cup and that’s what I used. You can this link for conversion – http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0001723.html. Hope this helps.
discovered your blog through lisa’s vegetarian kitchen- lovely recipes. i picked one and was thinking oh my gosh “chole” (i am in medicine/nursing and immediately thought gallbladder when i saw chole 😉 )- then i saw the link to terminology. phew. i can use chickpeas instead of trying to obtain a gallbladder (ick)
That was hilarious Dorothy; so now you are relieved and can use chickpeas 🙂
Great website. Keep it up.
Thank you Pat.
what a wonderful site – simple, clean yet very attractive.
Thank you Triveni, that’s sweet