Sunday, January 18, 2009

Dry Ginger

As the name indicates, it is dried form of ginger. This is one of the best home remedie for many illness

ENGLISH - Dry Ginger

HINDI - Sonth

TAMIL - Sukku

TELUGU - Sonti

Sugar Candy

It is a of a variety of confections made with sugar. They are also called as raw sugar. Traditional these do not have any perfect shape. They are just like rock.

ENGLISH - Sugar Candy Or Rock Sugar

HINDI - Misri

TAMIL - Kalkandu

TELUGU - Kala Kandu

Thursday, May 22, 2008


As the name suggests it is star shaped. It has a strong aniseed flavor. They tastes great with non-vegetarian food. I love it's flavor in briyani and many more...

ENGLISH - Star Anise

HINDI - Anasphal

TAMIL - Anashuppu

TELUGU - Anaspuvu


It is a rare dried flower, a dominant spice in all Chettinad preparations. They almost black in color and have a sweet aromatic flavor. According to me they also taste very good in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian kurma.

ENGLISH - Black stone flower

HINDI - Jeevanti

TAMIL - Kalpasi

TELUGU - Kallupachi


Nutmeg and mace are derived from one fruit. The flavor and aroma of Mace, which is similar to Nutmeg, is strongly aromatic, spicy and warming to taste. Nutmeg is the actual seed of the tree, while mace is the dried reddish covering of the seed.


HINDI - Javithri

TAMIL - Jadhipathri

TELUGU - Japathri

Thursday, May 15, 2008


Raspberry is a fragrantly sweet fruit. They have a very soft texture that can melt in the mouth very easily. Raspberries have a vibrant red color. Raspberries are excellent in jams, pies, as dessert toppings, or simply by themselves. They have good amount of Vitamin C and dietary fiber. They freeze very well. Frozen raspberries are available all the year around.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


The Basil plant is small bush that grows to 1-2 feet in height. The plant gives a spicy scent when bruised. It has warm, clove-like flavor and fragrance. It is believed to be air purifier. It is considered as a auspicious pant in Hindu methodology. Basil can be use in cooking. It is main herb in Italian cooking. Basil can be used fresh of dried.


HINDI - Barbar or Tulsi

TAMIL - Tirunirrippachai, Tiviragandam or Tulasi

TELUGU -Oddhi, Rudrajada or Tulsi-chettu

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


Mustard greens are the leaves of the mustard plant. The seeds are also pressed to make mustard oil, and the edible leaves can be eaten as mustard greens. These mustard greens have a pungent, peppery and slightly bitter flavor. Sometimes they have a curly edge and sometimes flat. They are very rich in vitamin A and K.

Monday, May 5, 2008


These are black lentils that have been split and skinned. They're much milder than unskinned. This is the main ingredient in idly and dosas.

ENGLISH - Black Gram

HINDI - Urad Dal

TAMIL - Ulutham Paruppu

TELUGU - Minap Pappu


This is also known as sambar dal..... Whole toor lentils are yellow. They're usually sold skinned and split. They have a mild, nutty flavor. They're sometimes sold with an oily coating, which you should rinse off

ENGLISH - Red Gram Dal

HINDI - Toor Dal

TAMIL - Thuvaram Paruppu

TELUGU - Kandhi Pappu

Monday, April 21, 2008


Shallots have a mild taste that combines the flavor of a sweet onion with a touch of garlic.... In Tamil Nadu we call it as Sambar onion....A shallot looks like a small, elongated onion with a copper, reddish, or gray skin.

Monday, August 20, 2007


Lychee are basically form South China....... The outside is covered by a pink-red, roughly-textured rind that is inedible but easily removed. The inside consists of a layer of sweet, translucent white flesh......

Lychee have a texture somewhat similar to that of a grape.... The center of the Lychee contains a single glossy brown nut-like seed.........

Monday, August 13, 2007


Cream of tartar is added to candy and frosting mixtures for a creamier consistency, and to egg whites before beating to improve stability and volume. It's also used as the acid ingredient in some baking powders. It is a fine white powder..........

Saturday, July 28, 2007


Gnocchi, is the Italian word for dumplings.....Mostly they are made out of potatoes, sometime with cheese and bread crumbs..... Sometime they may even have egg on them.....They are similar to pastas...........

Sunday, July 15, 2007


Watermelon has a smooth exterior rind (green and yellow) and a juicy, sweet, usually red or yellow, but sometimes orange, interior flesh. They have a crunchy texture. They are so cool. It is full of water.......

ENGLISH - Watermelon

HINDI - Tarbooj, Kalingad

TAMIL - Darboos

TELUGU - Tarbooja pandu

Thursday, July 12, 2007


Sour cream is a dairy product rich in fats obtained by fermenting a regular cream by certain kinds of bacteria.....The bacteria helps to sours and thickens the cream.... It have tang flavor......


Kastoori Methi is dried fenugreek leaf......That is dried methi leaves.... They are added to many graves and even in dry curries...They add a unique flavor u all the gravy.......


Condensed milk is cow's milk from which water has been removed and to which sugar has been added, yielding a very thick, sweet product that can last for years without refrigeration if unopened. There are 2 types of condensed milk......Sweetened and unsweetened.......


Cashew nut comes from the fruit of the cashew tree........Within the fruit is a single seed, the cashew nut......Mostly they are white in colour.....They have a unique taste....They are used widely in cooking, both in sweet and savory dishes.......

ENGLISH - Cashew nuts

HINDI - Kaju

TAMIL - Mundhiri

TELUGU - Jeedi Pappu


Saffron is a spice derived from the flower of the saffron crocus......The stigmas of the flower is dried and used in cooking as a seasoning and colouring agent. Saffron, which has for decades been the world's most expensive spice by weight......They a wonderful flavor.....

ENGLISH - Saffron

HINDI - Kesar

TAMIL - Kungumappoo

TELUGU - Kumkumpoovu

Sunday, July 1, 2007


The oat (Avena sativa) is a species of cereal grain. They give strength and lasting energy. There are many types of oats like:

1. Oat groats
2. Steel-cut oats
3. Old-fashioned oats(the one shown in the picture)
4. Quick-cooking oats
5. Instant oatmeal
6. Oat bran
7. Oat flour...


Baking soda are chemical leavening agents that cause batters to enlarge when baked. They enlarge the bubbles which are already present in the batter. They are also one of the important ingredient in baking.....


Baking powder is a dry chemical leavening agent used in baking. They react in higher temperature. They are used in baking to rise the goodies. Cakes and cookies rise because of baking powder. So baking powder is one of the important ingredient in baking ....

Saturday, June 30, 2007


Almonds are some delicious brown colour nut. They are full for natural and healthy nutrients. They come as a fruit on the tree. There are two types of almonds, sweet almonds and bitter almonds. Sweet almonds are used for regular use and bitter one are used to extract oil for them. They are very good for beautiful skin. They can be used in savory and sweet dishes....

ENGLISH - Almonds

HINDI - Badam

TAMIL - Badam Parupu

TELUGU - Badam Pappu


Brown sugar is a refined sugar that varies in color from light to dark brown and has a full-bodied flavor and soft moist texture. Brown sugar is made by adding molasses to white sugar. The color of the brown sugar depends on the amount of molasses added. They must be stored in a airtight container as they can get hard easily. These are added mostly in cookies to get a chewy texture. And in many baking goodies they are used as a substitute for sugar and to get some depth in sugar flavor.......


The outermost part of the orange in grated is orange zest. They have more orangee flavor in them. While zesting a orange care should be taken that the white part is not grated as they have a bitter taste...... All the essential oils of the fruit is found in the zest of the fruit......

ENGLISH - Orange Rind

HINDI - Santhara Kachhilka

TAMIL - Kamala Orangi Thol

TELUGU - Kamala Oranji Pandu Tholu

Thursday, June 14, 2007


Lemon Zest are tiny bits of lemon peel. The outermost part of the lemon in grated is lemon zest. They have more lemony flavor in them. While zesting a lemon care should be taken that the white part is not grated as they have a bitter taste......

ENGLISH - Lemon Rind

HINDI - Nimbu Kachhilka

TAMIL - Yelumichai Thol

TELUGU - Nimma Tholu

Thursday, June 7, 2007


Carrot is a root vegetable, usually orange in color, with a woody texture. Carrots can be eaten raw. It has crunchy texture and sweet taste..........

ENGLISH - Carrot

HINDI - Gajar

TAMIL - Carrot

TELUGU - Carrot


Tapioca is a root vegetable...It is a thick, fibrous roots.....It has a dark brown skin....

ENGLISH - Tapioca, Yucca

HINDI - Tapioca

TAMIL - Maravallikkilangu

TELUGU - Karra Pendalamu

Wednesday, June 6, 2007


Mayonnaise is a thick sauce made primarily from vegetable oil and egg yolks. Generally whitish-yellow in color. It is made out of oil and yolks and is generally flavored with salt, pepper, vinegar or lemon juice, and frequently mustard. Numerous other sauces can be created from it by adding additional seasonings.....

Tuesday, June 5, 2007


Cornmeal is flour ground from dried corn. They are available in yellow, white, blue, or red. Out of these the most common one is the yellow cornmeal.


Okra or lady's finger, is a flowering plant valued for its edible green fruits. They grow to 2 m tall. They contain numerous seeds. One of the healthiest vegetable.....

ENGLISH - Okra, Ladies finger

HINDI - Bhinidhi

TAMIL - Vendaikkai

TELUGU - Bendakayulu


Oranges originated in southeast Asia, in either India, Vietnam or southern China. It is a small flowering tree growing to about 10 m tall with evergreen leaves. The fruit typically has 11 individual pieces inside

ENGLISH - Orange

HINDI - Narangi, Santhara

TAMIL - Kamala Orangi

TELUGU - Kamala Oranji Pandu

Friday, May 18, 2007


Cornstarch is an white, powdered starch of the maize grain. They are used to thicken the gravy and sauces. They are white in colour. They are finely powdered. According to me cornflour and cornstarch are the same. But cornflour should be added little more when it is substitute for corn starch

ENGLISH - Corn flour

HINDI - Makai ka atta

TAMIL - Makka chola mavu

TELUGU - Mokka jonna pindi

Tuesday, May 15, 2007


Mango is a tropical fruit. Mangoes retain a special significance in the culture of South Asia. Mangoes are large trees. The mango fruit when mature, it hangs from the tree on long stems. They are variable in size, from 10-25 cm long and 7-12 cm diameter, and may weigh up to 2.5 kg. The ripe fruit is variably colored yellow, orange and red, reddest on the side facing the sun and yellow where shaded.



TAMIL - Mambalam

TELUGU - Mamidi Pandu

Wednesday, May 9, 2007


Jaggery is the unrefined sugar. Jaggery is used as an ingredient in both sweet and savory dishes in India. Jaggery is also considered auspicious in many parts of India, and is eaten raw before commencement of good work or any important new venture.

ENGLISH - Jaggery


TAMIL - Vellam

TELUGU - Bellam


The grams are small, ovoid in shape, and green in color. It is one of the most healthiest gram in India.

ENGLISH - Whole Green Gram

HINDI - Sabut Mung

TAMIL - Pasippayaru

TELUGU - Mudi Pesalu

Thursday, May 3, 2007


It is a huge fruit. The jack fruit is the largest tree borne fruit in the world. It has a yellow sweet fruit inside. It is known for its excellent flavor and sweet taste.

ENGLISH - Jack Fruit

HINDI - Kathal

TAMIL - Palappazham

TELUGU - Panasa Pandu

Saturday, April 28, 2007


Spinach is a flowering plant. Calorie for calorie, leafy green vegetables like spinach provides more nutrients than any other food. Spinach is popular for its delicate texture and bright green color.

ENGLISH - Spinach

HINDI - Palak

TAMIL - Pasalai kkeerai

TELUGU - Palakoora

Tuesday, April 24, 2007


An aromatic crystalline compound. It is a white transparent waxy crystalline solid with a strong penetrating pungent aromatic odor. The camphor which is used in hindu pooja should not used for cooking, they are different from edible camphor. Edible camphor have a mild flavor than the ordinary camphor.

ENGLISH - Edible camphor

HINDI - Kapoor or kapur

TAMIL - Pachai Kalpooram

TELUGU - Pacha Karpooram

Thursday, April 19, 2007


Apples are crisp, white-fleshed fruits with red, yellow or green skin. They range in taste from moderately sweet and refreshing to pleasantly tart depending on the variety.



TAMIL - Apple Pazham

TELUGU - Apple Pandu


Chickoos are sweet and juicy fruit. They have brown, orange-red pulp. They have 2-5 seeds. They are mostly round in shape.

ENGLISH - Sapodilla

HINDI - Chiku

TAMIL - Sappotta Pazham

TELUGU - Sappotta Pandu


Bay leaves are dry light green colored long aromatic leaves and have a sharp, bitter taste. Fresh or dried bay leaves are used in cooking for their excellent flavor and fragrance.

ENGLISH - Bay Leaf

HINDI - Tej Patta

TAMIL - Punnai Ilai

TELUGU - Masala Aku


Cinnamon sticks are the aromatic brown bark of the cinnamon tree and are made from long pieces of the bark that are rolled, pressed, and dried. Cinnamon has a sweet, woody fragrance. It is used whole or in powder form.

ENGLISH - Cinnamon

HINDI - Dalchini

TAMIL - Pattai

TELUGU - Dakshina chekka


Dried flower buds of the clove tree. Cloves are strong, pungent, and sweet.It is used whole or in powder form. Clove oil can be has a lot of medicinal value. It is used whole or in powder form.

ENGLISH - Cloves

HINDI - Lavang

TAMIL - Lavangam

TELUGU - Lavangam

Wednesday, April 18, 2007


Cardamom pods come in green, black and bleached white. They get there great flavor from brown-black sticky seeds contained in the pod, about three double rows with about six seeds in each row. This is a very versatile spice as it can be used in savory as well as sweet dishes. It is used whole or in powder form.

ENGLISH - Cardamom

HINDI - Elachi

TAMIL - Yelakkai

TELUGU - Elakayi