Vegetarian, Vegan and Fusion food


Names of Spices and Herbs in Indian and in English

Here are the names for most ingredients spices, herbs, mixtures, blends and other items made from Dairy products. If you are unsure, it is easy to find the name in English.

Indian spices have been used in Indian kitchens and recommended by Ayurvedic experts for thousands of years.

Adrak Ginger-Fresh Root Dry Ginger powder is also used in many spice blends
Ajwain Carom Seeds / Anise seeds
Amchoor Dried Mango Powder-Comes from Dry Mango-this is not a spice but used in a blend.
Anaar Dana (Powder) Pomegranate Seeds (Dried)
Badam-Almonds  A nut-seed.
Dalchini Cinnamon-This is a bark of Cinnamon tree-curled round as a stick. Available dry in Bark, Stick or Powderr form. Has many health benefits.
Dhania Patta Coriander Leaves- also known as Cilantro in USA, Chinese Parsley in some Countries and Kothamalli in Southern India
Dhania Powder Coriander Powder
Elaichi (Chhoti) Green  or White Cardamom
Elaichi (Moti) Brown Cardamom
Ghee Clarified Butter
Hari Mirch Green Chilli
Hing Asafetida
Imli Tamarind
Jaiphal Nutmeg- this is a fruit with a very special flavor and taste
Javitri Mace
Jeera Cumin Seed
Kaju Cashew nut
Kala Jeera / Black Cumin Seeds Caraway Seeds
Kala Namak Rock Salt or Black salt-relly looks pink when powdered.
Kali Mirch Black Pepper
Kesar  Probably the most expensive spice- flavorful and colorful.
 Kokum  sour dried friut-this is generally used dry-to give tangy taste to soups, daals.
Khoya, Mawa  Whole Milk/Thickened Milk-
Kishmish Raisins
Lasan / Lahsun Garlic
Laung Clove
Malai Cream
Methi Fenugreek Seeds
Mirchy Chilli
Neem/Limdo Curry Leaves

Til                        Sesame Seeds

Paneer Drained Curdled Milk- used like Riccotta Cheese
Pudina Leaves Mint Leaves
Raai / Raee Mustard Seeds (Small)
Saboodana / Sabudana Sago
 Takmaria  Basil seeds/black- Veriety of Chia Seeds
Saunf-Fennel Seeds Variyali
Tadka Seasoning Cooking Process
Tej Patta Bay Leaf
Turmeric  Vibrant yellow spice-root- dries and ground. Many Healthfood stores sell this as a supplement


Growing up in a large family with young ones to elderly, I learned to cook all kinds of food.
Childrens food, Comfort food, Party food, everyday meals and more. I have been cooking for many years inthe USA and have learned to use substitutes, Cooking is my passion and I would love to share what I have learned.
Hope you enjoy the Blog and find it informativeand creative.

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