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  • Vanilla

    English Name:                                        Vanilla

    Hindi Name:                                        Vanilla

    Sanskrit Name:                                        Vanilla has not been in India for long enough to have a Sanskrit name

    Latin Name:                                        see Sanskrit, although botanical name is of the most commonly cultivated variety is ‘vanilla planifolia’. Only two other varieties are cultivated: vanilla pompona and vanilla tahitensis. ‘Planifola’ is the most widely cultivated as it is cons Continue reading

  • Turmeric Root

    English Name:                                        Turmeric

    Green Saffron Blends using Turmeric Root:                                        Aloo Gobhi, Bengali Tiger Prawn, Bombay Aloo, Badaam Pasanda, Biryani, Boiled Ham and Cabbage, Chana Masala, Curry Powder (Karnataka Sadya), Dahl Makhani, Dhansak (Dahl Gosht), Jalfrezi, Keemar Matar, Korma, Madras (Tamil Style), Masala Gosht, Murgh Tandoori, Panch Phoron, Red Lentil Dahl, Rogan Josh, Tikka Masala and Vindaloo.

    Hindi Name:                                        Haldi

    Sanskrit Name:                                        Haridra, Gauri

    Latin Name:                                        Curcuma longa Linn Continue reading

  • Turmeric Powder

    English Name:                                        Turmeric

    Hindi Name:                                        Haldi

    Sanskrit Name:                                        Haridra, Gauri

    Latin Name:                                        Curcuma longa Linn Continue reading

  • Mustard Seeds, Yellow

    English Name:                                        Mustard Seeds - there are three main varieties eaten - black, brown and yellow/white

    Hindi Name:                                        Rai

    Sanskrit Name:                                        Siddharthaka, Rajika

    Latin Name:                                        black – brassica nigra, brown – brassica juncea, white/yellow – brassica alba or brassica hirta Continue reading

  • Mustard Seeds, Black

    English Name:                                        Mustard Seeds - there are three main varieties eaten - black, brown and yellow/white

    Hindi Name:                                        Rai

    Sanskrit Name:                                        Siddharthaka, Rajika Continue reading

  • Mace

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  • Kashmiri Chilli, Whole

    English Name:                                        Kashmiri Chilli/chile/chili

    Hindi Name:                                        Mirch

    Sanskrit Name:                                        Chillies have not been in India long enough to have a true Sanskrit name

    Latin Name:                                        Capsicum Continue reading

  • Kashmiri Chilli Flakes

    English Name:                                        Kashmiri Chilli/chile/chili

    Hindi Name:                                        Mirch

    Sanskrit Name:                                        Chillies have not been in India long enough to have a true Sanskrit name

    Latin Name:                                        Capsicum Continue reading

  • Indian Bay Leaves/Tejpat

    English Name:                                        Indian Bay Leaves – please note that these are not the same as the Mediterranean/Laurel bay leaves more commonly used in Western cooking.

    Hindi Name:                                        Tejpatta/Tejpat

    Sanskrit Name:                                        Tamalapattra

    Latin Name:                                        Malabathrum Continue reading

  • Ginger (Ground)

    English Name:                                        Ginger

    Hindi Name:                                         Ādrak/Sunth

    Sanskrit Name:                                         Ārdrakam/Śhuntha

    Latin Name:                                        Zingiberis officinale, roscoe Continue reading

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