Glossary of Indian Food – भारतीय खाद्य की शब्दावली

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“mmm…mmmm.. good!”  Indian food is popular all over the world from Texas to Tokyo and everywhere in between you can find an Indian restaurant.  But what do you call the food you are eating?  What if it is not a buffet or the menu doesn’t have pictures?  It might be good to know the Hindi word for the food.  In today’s lesson we look at the words for many popular Indian foods.

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Hindi
Transliteration
English

करी
Curry
Gravy

दाल
Daal
Any lentil/legume

अचार
Achar
Pickle

डोसा
Dosa
A crispy South Indian breakfast item.

इडली
Idli
Steamed rice cakes. Another South Indian Breakfast item.

अपपं
Appam
A Dosa like South Indian Breakfast item

चप्पाती
Chappati
Indian flat-bread cooked on griddle/tava.

नान
Naan
Indian flat-bread, baked in tandoor.

पराठा
Paratha
Indian flat-bread mostly with filling and shallow fried.

पूरी
Puri
Deep-fried flatbread

कुलछा
Kulcha
A stuffed Indian bread

चावल
Chaval
Rice

बिरयानी
Biryani
Spiced cooked rice.

पुलाओ
Pulao
Delicately flavored rice

कबाब
Kabab
Meat cooked in tandoor.

खीर
Kheer
Pudding ( a dessert)

खिचड़ी
Khichadi
A rice and daal preparation. Good for sick and children.

रायता
Raita
Vegetable and curd salad.

साग
Saag
Curry of any greens.

भरता
Bharta
A vegetable dish with a pulp like consistency

पपद
Papad
Thin wafer

बरफी
Barfi
A dessert made from milk

बोंडा, वडा, पकॉरा, समोसा
Bonda, Vada, Pakora, Samosa
Fried salty snacks

चट्नी
Chutney
Fresh relish made with fruits, vegetables, and herbs

हलवा
Halwa
A sweet

कोफ्ता
Kofta
Spiced meat or vegetable balls

सॅमबार
Sambar
A vegetable curry (South Indian)

लस्सी
Lassi
A refreshing

उपमा
Upma
A South Indian Breakfast.Mostly made of semolina.

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