Glossary


I have been getting a lot of queries on some of the ingredients used in the recipes here. While I do try and explain the difficult ones, I also understand that even the simple ones may be difficult to interpret if you are not familiar with Indian cooking. So this *glossary would explain a little bit on some of the common ingredients used in this blog. If you are from India, then finding these should not be a problem as they are available in all grocery stores. But if you are abroad, then you can find them in most Indian Stores. If you are not sure of how these ingredients look, simply google it and you will get loads of images.


Spices/Herbs

ENGLISH
TAMILHINDI
TurmericManjalHaldi
Coriander seeds, Coriander powderDhaniyaDhania
ClovesLavangam, KirambuLavang
FennelSombuSaunf
CinnamonPattaiTuj/Dalchini
Carrom SeedsOmam  Ajwain
CardamomYelakkaiElaichi
Cilantro, Coriander leavesKothamalliDhania
GingerInjiAdrak
GarlicPoonduLasun
Pepper cornsMilaguKalimirchi
Fenugreek seedsVendhayamMethi
Red chili pepperKaindha milagai, Vatral milagailal Mirchi
Poppy seedsGasagasaKhuskhus
AsafetidaPerungayamHing
SaffronKungumapooKesar
AniseedPerunjeeragamSauf
Bay leaf, Cinnamon leafBirinji ilaiTej/Tuj patta
Cumin seedsSombuShah Jeera/Kala Jeera
Mustard seedsKaduguRai/Sarson
Mint leavesPudhinaPodina

Grains/Flours
ENGLISHTAMILHINDI
Gram flourKadalai MavuBesan
All purpose flour (Maida)Maida mavuMaida
Wheat flourGothumai mavu, Chapathi mavuAtta, Chappathi flour
Par-boiled ricePuzhungal Arisi-----
SemolinaRavaiSuji / Sooji
LentilsParuppudal
VermicelliSemiyaSeviyan
Yellow split peasThuvaram ParuppuThoor dal / Tual Dal
Bengal gramKadalai ParuppuChanna dal
Black gramUlundhuUrad dal
Green gramPachai ParuppuMoong dal


Seasonings
ENGLISHTAMILHINDI
TamarindPuliImli
JaggeryVellamGur
Sesame seedsEllutil
Green hot chiliPachai milagaiHari Mirchi
Green pepper, CapsicumKudai milagaiSimla Mirch
Curry leavesKarivepilaikari Patta
*adapted from www.foodfromindia.com
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