Monday, February 9, 2009


Long time no write. Yes, this time it's been a very long gap before I could write here. I have so many things to write but I'll continue with my last thought based on my last blog entry. And that is a Glossary of items required in your pantry for Indian cooking. I have categorized them as basic and advanced depending on your interests and skills.

Basic Spices and Ingredients:
  1. Jeera - Cumin seeds
  2. Rai - Mustard seeds
  3. Haldi - Turmeric powder
  4. Hing - Asafoetida powder
  5. Lahsun/Lassan - Garlic
  6. Adrak - Ginger
  7. Mirchi pd - Chilli/Cayenne pepper powder
  8. Dhania - Coriander (cilantro) seeds
  9. Hara Dhania - Cilantro (coriander) leaves, fresh
  10. Pudina - Mint leaves
  11. Kari patta/ Meetha neem - Curry leaves ( small leaves used sparingly for seasoning food)

Advanced Spices and Ingredients:

  1. Elaichi - green Cardamom pods
  2. Badi Elaichi - brown Cardamom pods (larger in size than green. Badi = Big)
  3. Dalchini/ Dalcheeni - Cinnamon bark
  4. Tej Patta - Bay Leaf
  5. Khus-khus - Poppy seeds (tiny white seeds)
  6. Sonf/Saunf - Fennel seeds/ Aniseeds
  7. Shah/Sha Jeera - Caraway seeds
  8. Ajwain - Carom seeds
  9. Methi seeds - Fenugreek seeds
  10. Kali Mirch - Black Pepper
  11. Lal Mirch - Red Chilli peppers (whole, dried )
  12. Hari Mirch - Green chilli peppers (whole, fresh)
  13. Javitri/Japatri - Mace
  14. Jaiphal - Nutmeg (both the above spices come from same tree but have distinct flavor)
  15. Kalonji - Onion seeds/Nigella seeds
  16. Laung/Lavang - Cloves
  17. Chironji seeds - Cudpahnut seeds
  18. Sonth/Saunth - Ginger (dry)
  19. Gud - Jaggery
  20. Til seeds - Sesame seeds

And those are the spices and common ingredients found in the average Indian kitchen. But this is not the end of the list. There is so much more to the Indian pantry and refrigerator that I am going to put up another list in a different post. And hope that it will be helpful for everybody who loves Indian food and want to make it. So keep coming back and find what you need right here. Hope that the link to penzeys spices will be an interesting browse.

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