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.

274 Comments

  1. where is ‘dhalia’!!!!!!!!!???????

  2. useful and reliable data thaks for uploading this

  3. What is the bangla for “chia seeds” and “kayle”?
    Thanks in advance

  4. I dont know made the list but black cumin isnt kaalo jeera its shah jeera

    • Sudeshna Banerjee

      Hi R,
      There is always a debate on this. Shah jeera is mostly called caraway seeds, while kalo jeera has other names like nigella, onion seeds

  5. Jalapeno er bengali name ki ???

  6. Thanks for updating such a list for bengalis but I think that winter melon means squash in bengali plz check

  7. what is Cluster beans and Field beans in bengali?

  8. Useful …

  9. What is the bengali meaning of agathi leaves

  10. Potol ke english e ki bole??

  11. What is the bengali name of ‘tinda’?

  12. Hi, Thank you very much for the information you provided, it’s very useful for the people working abroad.

    I just wanted to tell you that Tarragon is missing, please add it.

    Thanks once again for giving time to meaningful names and translations.

  13. Zucchini is Dhundul

  14. Hi,

    thanks for the wonderful information indeed …… But some items are missing .. pls let us know what is the english/bengali names of the following :

    1. Cress
    2. Garden Cress
    3. Long Pepper

    the image is like below:
    https://www.google.com/search?q=garden+cress&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAWoVChMIwdL66NmFyQIVxySOCh2gCAMU&biw=1440&bih=745

    Thanks …

  15. What is rosemery in bangla?

  16. Hi
    Is Kalo jeerae called “Nigella seeds” in english,
    If not what is it known as?
    Thanks.

  17. Can anyone give me the english name for methi,jab,soyabeen,til,biuli dal & joyan?

    • Sudeshna Banerjee

      Methis – Fenugrek
      Jab –
      Soyabeen – Soya bean
      Til – Sesame
      Joyan – Carom seeds
      Sorry jab-ta khuje dekhte habe

  18. Chal kumra is Marrow Green.

  19. What is the bengali name of quinoa?

  20. What is Colocasia Root (Arbi) called in Bengali?

  21. ওরিগ্যানো কে বাংলায় কি বলে? আর সম্ভব হলে সবগুলো item এর ছবি দিবেন ।

    প্রয়োজনীয় উদ্যোগ নেওয়ার জন্য ধন্যবাদ ।

    ইমতিয়াজ

  22. What is Kale in bengali

    According to Macmillan dictionary on line
    Its a vegetable with large curly dark-green leaves. Kale is a type of cabbage.

    http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/kale

    • Sudeshna Banerjee

      I am not sure if kale has a Bengali name. I have never seen it any Indian market, its a very Western leafy vegetable and so probably doesn’t have any name in Bengali.

  23. Vedashruti Modak Ghosh

    Atop chal ke English e ki bole?

  24. SUMAN KUMAR BHATTACHARYA

    What is the English name for “Alu bokhra”, can ay one help?

  25. Parsley leaf ke banglay ki bole?

  26. Rosemary who is beginning name?

  27. Kale shaak er bangla naam?

  28. Parsley leaf k banglay ki bole ??

  29. Thyme er Bangla???

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

    • 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

      • I am regularly buying uchchhe in Chennai. It is sold as Bitter Gourd only. Both, Karela and uchchhe are referred as Bitter Gourd.

  31. 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.

  32. Moumita Ganguly

    What is asparagus called in bengali

  33. hey any one know bengali name of cook

    • Deepankar Ganguly

      In Bengali cook is called “Thakur” or “Bamun Thakur” since they were mostly Brahmin. Bamun is colluqual form of Brahmin. They are also called “Pachak”

  34. what is bengali name of cook

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

  36. Bengali name of rosemary

  37. What is rosemary leaves called in bengali?

  38. Syed Danial Ahmed

    What is parsley in bengali?

  39. what is the bengali name of “PARSLEY”?

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

      • 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

  40. LETTUCE IN BENGALI

  41. What is quinoa in Bengali?

  42. rosemary ta k bengali te ki bole? Plz help

  43. What is paprika in Bengali?

  44. What is Kus Kus called in bangla?

  45. What is Appropriate Bengali name of parsley?

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

  47. “Alfalfa” er bangla nam ki?

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