Dictionary

Ever read a recipe you felt like trying but some words just don’t make sense e.g. Fenugreek or Asafoetida? Here’s your ready reference. Treat this as a dictionary for all your Bengali Culinary words.

Here you go!

Vegetables and Legumes

English Name

Bengali Name

Amaranth

Noyte shaakh

নটে শাখ

Apple Gourd

Tinda

তিন্দা

Ash Gourd

Chal Kumro

চাল কুমড়ো

Beetroot

Beet

বীট

Bitter Gourd

Karola/Karela

করলা

Bitter melon/Bitter gourd

Karola

করলা

Black-eyed pea

Lobia

লোবিয়া

Bottle Gourd/ Calabash

Lau

লাউ

Broad Beans

Sheem

সীম

Brussels sprout

Biliti Bandhakopi

বিলিতি বাধাকপি

Cabbage

Badha Kopi

বাধাকপি

Carrot

Gajor

গাজর

Cauliflower

Fulkopi

ফুলকপি

Celery

Pathuni Shaakh

পাথুনি শাখ

Ceylon spinach

Pui Shaakh

পুঁই শাখ

Chickpea

Chola

ছোলা

Cilantro/ Coriander

Dhane Pata

ধনে পাতা

Cucumber

Sausha

শসা

Drumstick

Sajner Data

সজনের ডাটা

Eggplant/Aubergine/Brinjal

Begun

বেগুন

Elephant Foot yam

Ol

ওল

French Beans

Beans

বিন্স

Garbanzo

Kabuli Chola

কাবুলি ছোলা

Gooseberry

Amloki

আমলকি

Indian pea

Mator

মটর

Ivy Gourd/ Gentlemen’s Toe/Little Gourd

Kundri

কুন্দ্রী

Jackfruit

Kathal

কাঠাল

Kidney bean

Raajma

রাজমা

Lentil

Dal

ডাল

Lotus root

Padma

পদ্ম শাখ

Malabar Spinach

Pui Shaakh

পুঁই শাখ

Mint

Pudina Pata

পুদিনা পাতা

Moth bean

Mung dal

মুগ ডাল

Mustard

Sarse

সরসে

Okra

Bhindi/Bhendi

ভিন্দী/ ঢেরস

Onion

Peyaj

পেয়াজ

Pea

Matorshuti

মটরশুটি

Pigeon pea

Arhar Dal

অরহর ডাল

Pointed Gourd

Potol

পটল

Potato

Alu

আলু

Pumpkin

Kumro

কুমড়ো

Radish

Mulo

মুলো

Red Amaranth

Lal shaakh

লাল শাখ

Red Lentil

Masur Dal

মুসুর ডাল

Ridge Gourd/ Chinese Okra

Jhinga/Jhinge

ঝিঙ্গা

Snake Gourd

Chichinga

চিচিঙ্গা

Spinach

Palang

পালং

Spring Onion/Scallion

Peyajkoli

পেয়াজকলি

String Beans

Barboti

বরবটি

Sweet corn aka corn; aka maize

Bhutta

ভুট্টা

Sweet Potato or Kumara

Mishti Alu

মিষ্টি আলু

Taro

Kochur Loti

কচুরলতি

Teasle Gourd

Kakrol

কাকরোল

Tomato

Tomaato

টমেটো

Turnip

Olkopi

ওলকপি

Turnip greens

Shalgam

শালগম

Water spinach

Palang

পালং

Winter melon

Chal Kumro

চাল কুমড়ো

Yam

Kochu

কোচু

Spices

English Name

Bengali Name

Allspice

Kebab chini

কাবাব চিনি

Asafoetida

Hing

হিং

Bay Leaf

Tej Pata

তেজ পাতা

Black Cardamom

Bauro Elaich

বড় এলাচ

Black Cumin

Kalo Zeera

কালো জিরা

Black Pepper

Gol Morich

গোল মরিচ

Black Salt

Kalo Noone

কালো নুন

Brown Mustard Seed

Choto sarse/ Rai

ছোট সর্ষে/রাই

Caraway Seeds

Shahi Zeera

শাহ জিরা

Carom/Thyme

Joane/ Ajwain

জোয়ান

Celery

Radhuni

রাধুনি

Chili

Lanka

লঙ্কা

Cinnamon

Dalchini

দারচিনি

Cloves

Labango

লবঙ্গ

Coriander

Dhane

ধনে

Cumin

Jeera/ Zeera

জিরা

Dates

Khejur

খেজুর 

Fennel

Mouri

মৌরি

Fenugreek

Methi

মেথি

Fenugreek Leaf

Kasuri Methi

কাসুরি মেথি

Garlic

Rasun

রসুন

Ginger

Aada

আদা

Green Cardamom

Choto Elaich

ছোট এলাচ

Holy Basil

Tulsi

তুলসী

Mace

Joitree

জৈত্রী

Mustard

Sarse

সর্ষে

Nutmeg

Jaiphal

জায়ফল

Pickle

Achar

আচার

Poppy Seeds

Posto

পোস্ত

Saffron

Zafran

জাফরান

Salt

Laban/ Noone

লবন/ নুন

Sour Mango Powder

Aamchur

আমচুর

Spice Mixture

Garam Masala

গরম মসলা

Star Anise

Chakro Phool

চক্র ফুল

Star Anise

Guamouri

গুয়ামৌরি

Tamarind

Tetul

তেতুল

Turmeric

Halud

হলুদ

Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.

333 Comments

  1. What’s the Bangla of Kale?

  2. I want to see the meaning of hinge.

  3. Taro is not Kochchur loti. Loti means stalk.

  4. Mohammed Mohsin Bakar

    There is a bit of confusion regarding “Coriander” and “Parsley” as both are referred to as “Dhona pata” in Bangla .. Is this correct ?!

  5. What is rosemary called in Bengali?

  6. Spring Onions in Bengali is বসন্ত পেঁয়াজ
    Scallions/Green Onions are পেয়াজকলি which do not have the actual Onion protruding at the end. 🙂
    Cheers!

  7. What is bean sprouts?

  8. Sanjib Chowdhury

    What is the Bengali name of oregano

  9. What is Ramdana?

  10. What would you call Apricot, Kale and Bok-choy in Bengali. I only get them at New Market, Kolkata.That too it has lots of pesticides in tgem

  11. chanakya chowdhury

    What is cumin,, thyme and fanal in bengali??

  12. What is thyme leaves?
    What is Horseradish?

  13. What is TOPAKUL in english ?

  14. ANYBODY knows about Celery Sticks?

  15. what is parsley leave in bengali

  16. I am curious about Thyme. Also is Rosemary available in Kolkata anywhere?

    • U can find dried rosemary and thyme in the herbs n spices section of Spencer or big bazar as u get dried oregano…bt no idea about where to find the fresh herbs in kolkata

  17. What is Kale called in Bengali?

  18. Tomato bengoli meaning belati begun

  19. Tomato bengoli mean bilati begun

  20. What is aspharagus called in Bengali

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  22. What is chichinge called in English?

  23. What is rosemarry meaning in bengali?

  24. what exactly is black kidney bean?

  25. Wht do u call parseley in bengali?

  26. What is khamalu in English / Hindi

  27. What should KAMARI in bengali ??

  28. Dhoniyapata..??

  29. ‘Oregano’ is left out.

  30. What is Rosemary in bengali/hindi?

  31. What should rosemary be called in Bengali?

  32. What should rosemary be called in Bengali

  33. “kale” mane ki?

  34. what is thyme?

  35. Hi,
    What’s meaning of Hing in bengali ?

  36. Whats the meaning of ankher gur

  37. What’s oregano called in bengali ?

  38. Thanks for the list.. but are Yams same as Kochu?? Bit of confusion there, but otherwise,its apt !

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