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.

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  1. Tapas

    Chalta ei flower-vegetables er English ki,mane how it is known in international market?

  2. Banabir Das

    What is call lettus leaf in Bengali

  3. Probal

    what is the Bengali name for Lettuce?

  4. chandan

    Brussels sprout ba biliti badhakopi… eta ki keo bolben? eta ki salgom ba olkopi?

  5. chandan

    “Dandelion”- ek prokar holud ful.. kintu ki nam please keu bolben? eta amer khub dorker..

  6. Satadru Bhattacharya

    Star anise’r bangla khhujte giye google’e aapnar site’ta pai – aapnar reference list’ta byapok daarun laaglo – thanks for putting in so much effort, it really is useful for “probaashi bangali”-s like us.

    Thank you

    1. Sudeshna Banerjee

      Thank you Satadru for the kind words

  7. samiha promi

    sweet basil leaf er bangla meaning ki?

  8. fuad

    brown sugar ???

  9. banhisikha

    What is the bengali word for ‘kale’ ?

  10. shiny das

    rosemary r bangla nam ki ?? plz help

  11. Naina

    What is oori in English ?

  12. Rafia

    What to call Parsley in bengali ?

    1. Proteek

      Parsley seed is what we called Raadhuni in bengali… You can call it raadhuni shaak :p

  13. Rafia

    What to call Parsley in bangla?

  14. tathagata guha

    what is the bengali name of avocado??

  15. Tapas

    Oregano er Bangla ki?

    1. Sudeshna Banerjee

      Oregano is Joaan in Bengali

      1. [K]

        Correct me if I’m wrong but I think Joaan is ‘carrom seeds’.

        1. Sudeshna Banerjee

          Yes joaan/ajwain is carom seeds

          1. Tapas

            Then oregano seed is carom seed..?

  16. susmita das

    What is the meaning of ‘ajinamoto’???

    1. Sudeshna Banerjee

      Ajinamoto is also called MSG.

  17. Radia

    I want to know the Bangladeshi local name of Tylophora Indica or Tylophora Azthmatica which has Indian name antamul.Where I can get this Plant’s leaves in Bangladesh?

  18. Ritu

    What’s the english of “jhinga or jhinge (in bengali)”?? Is here any one can reply me please??

    1. Sudeshna Banerjee

      Ritu,
      Jhinge is ridge gourd

  19. Indrajit Sen

    What is the bengali word for unflavored gelatin?
    Is it available in the normal grocery stores?

  20. Bilim hakkında.Com'da bilime dair köşe yazıları

    whoah this blog is fantastic i love studying your articles.
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  21. Naila Ahmed

    what is the bangla of quinoa?

  22. Rahul Bose

    please tell me what is Kulekhara is called in english and hindi.

    1. avik das

      kulekhara is known as HOPS in english..

    2. Dalia Roy

      It is called Marsh barbel in English.
      In Hindi it is called Gokula kanta.

  23. Rahul Bose

    please tell me what is “KULEKHARA” is being called in English and hindi.

  24. UDAYAN MITRA

    WHAT IS “SASHA”-A GREEN COLOUR VEGETABLE ESPECIALLY USED FOR MAKING SALAD: CALLED IN ENGLISH.

    SALAD IS BENGALI NAME.

    1. Sudeshna Banerjee

      I think you ar ereferring to cucumber, sasha is called cucumber

  25. idlc

    what Oregano called in Bangla

  26. deebali

    salt and sugar and chili pwder

  27. koel das

    Sahijeera and sahimorich r english name ki??

  28. koel das

    Sahjire and sahmorich r english name ki???

  29. Ri

    Hi can you pls do such a similar dictionary post for fish names, its so difficult to buy fish without knowing their english equivalent, when you are outside India. Help me out pls.

  30. piya

    what’s quinoa called in Bengali?

  31. sharmin

    whaty is the bengali name of parsley leaf . this is similar to coriander leaf-dhonia pata , but can any one tell what is the meaning of parsley leaf.

  32. Palash

    What is Red Bean in Bengali?
    It’s different from red kidney bean
    Also where do you get that in Kolkata

  33. Subhas Saha

    Is chaalmoogra a Bengali word? If yes, what we call it in English?

  34. Tanmoy

    Avocado – ei foltir kono bangla naam paini ..

    1. gargi

      nespati

    2. Himadri

      I doubt we will ever get a bengali equivalent of avocado. It is definetely not grown in India. Neither is it very popular. Only those who are very interested in nutritionally compact foods will enquire about it- for example, i do.

    3. Dalia Roy

      kulnyaspati bola hoy

  35. Mehzabeen Shahidy

    what is the meaning of ‘Oregano’ in bengali?

    1. Mehtab Khan

      Bengali word for Oregano is ‘Joan’.

  36. Mehzabeen Shahidy

    what is called ‘Oregano’ in bengali?

    1. Deep

      Oregano is Ajawan lead

      1. Deep

        Oregano is Ajawain leaf

  37. Raj

    Paraboiled rice er mane ki? Eta ki kono special kind of rice??

    1. piyali biswas

      parboiled rice is সেদ্ধ চাল, জেতা আমরা সাধারণত খেয়ে থাকি…

    2. piyali biswas

      parboiled rice is সেদ্ধ চাল, যেটা আমরা সাধারণত খেয়ে থাকি…

  38. susmita

    What is called Rosemary in bengali ??

  39. Purna Majumdar

    olkopi r english kohlrabies and not turnip, turnip is shalgom.

  40. SABYASACHI DUTTA

    what is the English meaning of the word dalim.

    1. arupkumar das

      Pomegranate.

    2. Mrs.Khandaker

      The English translation is ‘pomegranate’.

    3. Debayan

      Pomegranate…

    4. Dalia Roy

      pomegranate

  41. Meredith Montgomery

    What is the English word for ‘pui daana’?

    1. Dalia Roy

      pui shak is called malabar spinach/Ceylon spinach.

  42. riya

    what is the bengali name of thyme?

    1. Moumita Banerjee

      Thyme holo JOAAN. Ekhanei enlisted ache.

    2. Dalia Roy

      Joaan

  43. chiranjib das

    please distinguish me the name of black peppercorns.

    1. Olivia

      black peppercorns holo gota gol morich

    2. Moumita Banerjee

      গোটা গোল মরিচ

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