Spices Glossary

Below are a few common Indian names of various ingredients used in cooking and their English equivalent, hope it is helpful.



Adrak – Ginger
Badi elaichi – Black Cardomom
Dalchini - Cinnamon
Elaichi - Cardomom
Imli - Tamarind
Javitri - Mace
Kali Mirch – Black Pepper
Kalonji - Onion seed
Kari/kadi patta – Curry leaf
Kesar – Saffron
Khaskhas – Poppy Seeds
Kothimir/Dhaniya – Coriander
Lal Mirch – Red Chilli
lavang - cloves
Lehson – Garlic
Methi – Fenugreek
Rai - Mustard
Saunf – Fennel
Saunth – Dry ginger
Shahzeera - Caraway
Tej Patta – Bay leaf
Turmeric - Haldi
Zeera – Cumin

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