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

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  1. arif

    Parsley leaf k banglay ki bole ??

  2. Dibyendu das

    Thyme er Bangla???

  3. Mala Mitra

    Is there any English name for the Bengal vegetable “UCHCHHE”? Please note that it is different from “KARELA” or Bitter Gourd.

    1. Sudeshna Banerjee

      Mala,
      This is very tricky. I have never actually seen uchcche outside Bengal. Scientifically speaking the karela genus has many different types of species under it, karela is Momordica charantia, uchcchhe must be a different species but under the same genus. I’ll keep a watch and keep you posted if I find the English name

  4. Nasim Hasan

    I have a question regarding the Bengali names of Anise (Pimpinella anisum L) and Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare). Though almost identical, they are of completely different families. But I have seen both are being referred to as Mouri in Bengali which I think is incorrect and misleading. Could anyone please enlighten me with the correct Bengali terms. Thanks.

    1. Sudeshna Banerjee

      I would love to know that answer too

  5. Moumita Ganguly

    What is asparagus called in bengali

  6. prince

    hey any one know bengali name of cook

  7. prince

    what is bengali name of cook

    1. Sudeshna Banerjee

      “Ranna”. Or are you asking for the Bengali for a person who cooks? Then thats “radhuni”

      1. Tanmoy Mukherjee

        Sudeshna Banerjee is right.

  8. Sutapa Datta

    what is “Kancha Morich”? Is it Green Chilli?

    1. Sudeshna Banerjee

      I think so

  9. Alex

    Bengali name of rosemary

  10. Mohona B

    What is rosemary leaves called in bengali?

    1. Satyajit Bose

      Some herbs have no names in Bengali, as these are not produced here or previously not available in Bengal.

  11. Syed Danial Ahmed

    What is parsley in bengali?

  12. Zafrin Priya

    what is the bengali name of “PARSLEY”?

    1. rohit

      PARSLEY is another name for coriander. Bengali- “DHONE PATA”.

      1. Sudeshna Banerjee

        Rohit,
        Though they belong to the same family of plants, scientifically speaking, parsley and coriander/cilantro is not the same. The leaves have a different texture and also it tastes different

  13. shanawaz

    LETTUCE IN BENGALI

    1. shohrab

      Letuce pata

  14. Firoz

    What is quinoa in Bengali?

  15. Amrita

    rosemary ta k bengali te ki bole? Plz help

  16. Mohammed

    What is paprika in Bengali?

    1. payel

      Dry chilli or sukno lonka in bengali

      1. shohrab

        lal morich

  17. Imtiaz

    What is Kus Kus called in bangla?

    1. Sudeshna Banerjee

      posto

      1. prodipDas

        Posto ke bole khus khus. Bujte parle.

  18. Amar Roy

    What is Appropriate Bengali name of parsley?

  19. Sumita

    Bengalite jukti phul ta ki,ektu bitter ,bheje khay.

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