Food Glossary

There are hundreds and thousands of yummy food names and spices!

Although we obviously cannot translate all of them, we have however tried to cover the translations of some of the more common ones and shall keep adding more to this list as we go along.

With respect to various dialects, please keep in mind that some words may be pronounced differently.  :)

Almond

Badam

Alum

Phutkari

Aloe

Kuar Gandhal

Aniseed

Badian Khatai

Apple

Saib

Apricot

Khubaani

Asafoetida

Hing

Ash gourd

Petha

Banana

Kayla

Basil

Tulsi

Bay leaf

Tezpan

Bengal gram

Chana

Bitter gourd

Karela

Black pepper

Kali mirch

Black salt

Kala namak

Butter

Makhan

Butter Milk

Lussi

Catechu

Katha

Cabbage

Bund gobi

Capsicum/Bell Pepper

Shimla Mirch

Cardamom

Ilaichi

Caraway seeds

Shajeer or Black Cumin Seeds

Carrot

Gajar

Cashew nut

Kaju

Cauliflower

Phool gobi

Chilli

Mirch

Cinnamon

Darchini, Nawari

Citric acid

Nimboo sat

Clarified butter

Ghee

Clove

Lavang

Cluster beans

Gowaar Phali

Cowpea

Lobia

Coconut

Narial

Coconut Oil

Narial Ka Tayl

Colocasia

Arvi

Coriander/Cilantro

Dhania

Corn cobs

Bhutta

Corn kernel

Makai

Cottage cheese

Paneer

Cream

Malai

Cucumber

Kheera

Cumin seed

Zeera/Jeera

Curd

Dahi

Currants

Kishmish

Curry leaves

Curry pata

Dill weed

Suvabhaji

Dates

Khajoor

Dried Mango powder

Amchoor

Dried whole milk/Milk thickened

Khoya, mawa

Dry fenugreek leaves

 

Kasoori methi

Fenugreek seeds

Methi

Flour

Maida

Garlic

Lusan

Ginger

Udrak

Gram dal

Chana dal

Gram flour

Besan

Grapes

Angoor

Green cardamom

Chhoti ilaichi

Green chilli

Hari mirch

Guava

Amrood

Horse gram

Kulthi

Honey

Shahad

Horse bean

Urad

Kidney beans

Rajma

Lentil

Dal

Lime or Lemon

Lemoo

Long grain rice

Basmati

Mace

Javitri

Mango

Aam

Margosa

Neem

Mash melon

Kharbooza

Milk

Doodh

Mint

Pudina

Mustard seeds

Rai

Mustard Oil

Sarson Ka Tel

Muskmelon/Cantaloupe

Kharbooza

Myrtle

Henna

Nigella/Onion seeds

Kalonji

Nutmeg

Jaiphal

Oil

Tayl

Olive Oil

Zetoon Ka Tel

Olives

Zetoon

Onion

Pyaaz

Orange

Santra

Oregano, Thyme/ Carom seeds

Ajwain

Parsley

Ajmoda

Papaya

Papeeta

Peas

Matar

Pear

Nashpati

Pickle

Achaar

Pineapple

Ananas

Pistachio

Pista

Plain Flour/Flour Refines

Maida

Plum

Aloo bukara

Pomegranate

Anaar

Pomegranate seeds

Anar dhana

Poppy seeds

Khuskhus

Potato

Aloo

Pumpkin

Kadu

Pulse

Toordal

Puffed Rice

Mumurae

Radish

Mooli

Raisins

Kishmish

Red chilli

Laal mirch

Rice

Chawal

Rock salt

Sinda namak

Rose

Gulab

Rose water

Gulab ka urk

Star anise

Dagad Phool

Spring onions

Subz Piyaz

Saffron

Kesar

Salt

Namak

Screw pine

Kewra

Semolina

Sooji

Sesame

Til

Silver Leaves

Varak

Spinach

Palak

Split green gram

Moong dal

Split horse bean

Urad dal

Sugar

Cheeni

Sweet potato

Shakarkand

Tamarind

Imli

Turmeric

Haldi

Vegetable oil

Banaspati

Vegetables

Subzi

Vermicelli

Seviyan

Vinegar

Sirka

Walnut

Akhrot

Watermelon

Tarbooz

Water Chestnuts

Singhara

Whole wheat flour

Gehun atta

Yeast

Khameer

Comments

awesome all are nearly Indian words. Fauzia madam are you an Indian. Thanks for this wonderful site and detailed page, all the best and good luck for the future.god bless you,

very informative, MASHALLAH its a complete website, grt job fauzia :)

thanks fauzia for the good work ur doing Allah will reward you.kindly translate the glossary in kiswahili for my likes to understand from observation its hindi n i dont have a hint in hindi

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Thanks Maimuna, will try and add that into the glossary, but in the meantime if there is anything you have trouble translating, please let me know and I will be happy to assist.

a.a fauzia
thanks for the reply,dry fenugreek leaves,saffron and parseley in swahili

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W/Salaam, fenugreek leaves is known as methi, saffron is zaafarani and parsley is dhania.

Parsley is not Dhania. It has a different taste and smell different as well.Coriander is actually part of the parsley family.

hey! i want to correct u
Parsley is not Dhania
its an other kind of leaves
Dhania is coriander.
thank ya

As salaam u aliakum sister Fauzia,
I love your page on Facebook and now this site is just awesome.....Jazakillah Khairan for all the lovely yummy delicious and fabulous recipes. I try your recipes once or twice a week and its a success and loved by all.
May Allah bless you and reward you for your hardwork of writing down this recipes for us with perfection and sharing it.

SPICESBIZARI
AsafetidaMvuje
Black PepperPilipili manga
CannellaMdalasini
Caraway seedsKisibiti
CardamomHiliki
ChiliPilipili hoho
CinnamonMdalasini
ClovesKarafuu
CorianderGiligilani
CurcumaManjano
Curry powderBizari
FenugreekUwatu
GingerTangawizi
MintNanaa
MustardHaradali
NutmegKungumanga, Basibasi
PaprikaPilipili hoho
RaisinsZabibu kavu
Red pepperPilipili hoho
SaffronZafarani
TurmericManjano

wow this is great mashallah! thanks for the translation.Allah bless

A.a. Fauzia, may Allah bless u with the same kind heart of helping people n may He bless u with more n more recipes inshaallah. Jazakallahu kheir.

fauzia,
a.a thanx for the great work,ive really looked for soya sauce in vain all what i find is soy sauce is this the same?

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W/Salaam, yes it is the same thing Maimuna. Just known under the two different names depending on location.

Nice

Assalamu alaikum, thank you very much for this wonderful ingredients. Can you please translate some of them in hausa? Thanks.

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W/Salaam, thank you! Sorry but I do not speak or understand Hausa.

I love love love thisssssss appi <3
Can't believe the amount of time and heart put into this blog :)

GREAT JOB <3

MashaAllah!! I am ecstatic! This is exactly what I need. You have made my ever frustrating task of "what am I going to cook?" soooooooooo soooooooooo much easier.. And RAMADAN too!!! Thank you very much, may Allah reward you abundantly, Ameen,

What can i say... My wofe is a great cook... Thank you for the good food i eat at home...

THANX FOR THE TRANSLATE

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Thank you, am not sure what you mean...the glossary is in both English and Urdu.

May Almighty Allah reward you abundantly for this great job but please why not putting it in english so that it will be so easy to understand.thanks

Asalam alaikum ,dear fouziaEid Mubarak:#::)
i Love ur recipes a lot they r superb,can u plz try easter tea ring recipe plz add in ur recipes. Thanks.

asak,fauzia,r u frm india,but i think u had mentioned u r frm yemen...and kenya,sorry for the inquisitiveness,actually the glossary is in hindi was jus wondering...u r doing a great job,may allah bless u always no matter where u frm...but we all wud lov to knw if u hve any ties with india or pakistan?

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Hi! I am Yemeni Arab but grew up in Kenya. Have never been to India and no ties to either India or Pakistan.

do u offer any traning?IF u r germany near mannheim can any1 pay a visit

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Sorry no I do not give classes. :)

Hello, thanks for the great advice and the great recipes you have on your website. could you please tell me what garam masala is made of and can i substitute it with another spice, i want to make the chicken bread and i don't have it.Also is there a name for it in swahili?

Thank you

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Hi! Garam masala is also known as all-spice powder. :)

a.a fauzia,
how comes chilli, paprika and red pepper have the same meaning in kiswahili? kindly clarify.

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W/Salaam, chilli is pilipili, paprika is pilipili mboga. Red pepper is the same as paprika or bell pepper.

GREAT WORK!!! THANKXXX!!

Thnk u so much for this amazing site.Pls I am asking about the type of cup u use when measuring your ingredients.God bless

thanks alot for the outstanding recipes, pls can you kindly upload the pics of coriander and capsicum,, plsss. tnx 1ce more

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Please google to see how the images look. :)

ok tnx alot and may Allah S.W.T continue to bless you and your family ameen..

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W/Salaam, thank you dear. I have personally never tried making cream at home so am not sure how the home-made cream will work, sorry dear.

Assalam alaikum,dear fouzia sis u r really FABOULOUS and ur recipies r fantastic,day by day i m gainning more praises and hope i would attend ur level of cooking.
Actually sis i live in india away from town sometimes i want to make some new thing and some items r not available which makes me down specially when making desserts or sweet.how can i make whip cream or thick cream.sis plz help me.every day i get a cup full of fresh cream from milk.thank u sis for all the hard work u r doing.

hii fauzia.....ur dishes r amazing..wud.lyk.2.ask.u.dat wat is.Self raising flour...and wat is all.purpose flour..cuz 2dae.m gona.Try ur chiken criss cross.buns..n i jad a.query bout d flour.....is it maida or wheat flour

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AP flour is the same as plain flour or maida. SR flour is maida with baking powder in it. 1 and a half tsp of baking powder and a pinch of salt in every cup of plain flour makes SR flour.

okhra means

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Lady-fingers.

Hello fauzia,hope u doing gud with ur family.i thot so u mst b an arab grew in mbsa right. Coz ol ur recipies r mbsa type.plz i want matobosho n kadhi recipie.hope u put tht on plz.thanku.

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Hi, yes I am Arab and grew up in Msa. I will try and post those two recipes soon. :)

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Nope, the opposite of whole milk....diluted milk, low fat/skimmed milk.

hey.. umm what do u mean by skimmed milk? whole milk?:$

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