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

22 Responses to Terminology

  1. alison says:

    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.

    • 365DaysVeg says:

      Thanks so much Alison. I wish I can publish a cookbook. But time will tell that when I get more readers to my blog.

  2. 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!

  3. Mala says:

    thanks for the info… great work……

  4. Marshneil says:

    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.

    • 365DaysVeg says:

      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

  5. Marshneil says:

    *It was sent to me by a friend….

    It – the URL 🙂

  6. 365DaysVeg says:

    Thanks to your friend too.

  7. srao says:

    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!

    • 365DaysVeg says:

      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.

  8. Julia Danforth says:

    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!

  9. Julia Danforth says:

    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!

  10. mina says:

    I am looking at your recipe for sooji dhokla. When it says 1 cup, how many grams is this. What measurements are you using?

  11. dorothy mora says:

    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)

  12. Pat Collins says:

    Great website. Keep it up.

  13. Triveni says:

    what a wonderful site – simple, clean yet very attractive.

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