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Learn Nepali : Nepali ingredients name

When I share recipe, I use lots of Nepali name so here is the list of Nepali ingredients commonly used in Nepali food.

Nepali name                                                                         English Name

Ajwain Tymolseeds
Aduwa Ginger
Amchoor Mango powder
Ata Wheat flour
Banda (Banda Govi) Cabbage
Bakula Fava Beans
Bhatmas Soybeans
Bhanta Eggplant, Brinjal,Aubergines
Besan Gram flour
Besar Turmeric
Bhuteko Channa Roasted gram
Bodi Black-eyed peas
Chana Chick peas
Chana dal Gram dal
Chyapi Chives
Dal Lentils
Dahi Curds, Yoghourt
Dhania (leaves) Coriander leaves, Cilantro, Chinese Parsley
Dhania (masala) Coriander seeds
Farsi Pumpkin
Hing Asafoetida
Ilaichi Cardamom (black)
Jau Oats
Jeera Cummin
Jwanu Lovage
Kankro Cucumber
Kari Pata Curry leaves
Kesar Saffron
Kathal Raw jack fruit
Kalonji Onion seeds
Kodo Millet
Kurilo Asparagus
Kuskus Poppy seeds
Lwang Cloves
Lasun Garlic
Makai Corn
Marich Black Pepper
Mas Black Lentils
Masoor dal Red gram
Maida Flour
Moong dal Green gram
Methi Fenugreek
Methi sag Fenugreek leaves
Makai Corn
Moong Whole green gram
Mula Daikon Radish
Palungo Spinach
Paneer Paneer (or cottage cheese)
Parwal Pointed gourd
Phapar Buckwheat
Pindaula Taro or Eddos
Pitho Flour (All Purpose)
Pyaj Onions
Pyaj (Hariyo) Scallion
Ram Toriya Okra (Lady’s Finger)
Rawa Semolina, Cream of wheat
Rayo/Tori Mustard
Roti Flat Bread
Sabudana Dry ginger
Sakhar Brown Sugar
Salgam Turnip
Simi Green Beans
Saunf (sag) Dill leaves
Saunf (masala) Fennel
Sukamel Cardamom (green)
Tama Bamboo Soda
Tej Paat Bay Leaf
Til Sesame seeds
Til ko Tel Gingelly oil
Turai Sponge gourd
Tarul Yam
Urrad Dhal Black gram


Ugly Vs ugli

AS teases me sometimes that I don’t know Nepali very well. I get annoyed because I find myself to be good in Nepali language but sometimes I do and say something to prove him right.

Normally we communicate in a mix of English and Nepal. I have to admit I can’t communicate in Nepal only but I try my best to talk in Nepali to prove him wrong.

While watching a movie,

Me: “ohoo tyo herion ta kasto ugly rahecha” (ohoo the actress is so ugly)

AS: “I like her, she looks alright”

Me:”I like her too but she is so ugly”

AS started laughing because he realised that I was trying to say ugli (tall in Nepali) but when mixed in an English sentence it sounded like ugly instead.

The pitfalls of speaking using two languages 😦

Please share your experience in this matter.

Take care everyone ,

M from nepaliaustralian


Learn Nepali: Days of the week

Days of the week in Nepalis with its  English translation. Please click here to learn more Nepali.




aaja (aa-ja)


hijo (hee-jo)


bholi (bho-lee)

this week

yo hapta(yo hap-ta)

last week

asti ko hapta(as-ti ko hap-ta)

next week

arko hapta(ar-ko hap-ta)


aaitabaar (ai-ta-bar)


sombaar (som-bar)


mangalbaar (man-girl-bar)


budhabaar (bu-dho-bar)


bihibaar (bee-hee-bar)


shukrabaar (shuk-ro-bar)


shanibaar (sa-ni-bar)

How to piss off a Nepali?

I was reading this article on www.matadornetwork.com and was laughing whole way through as it is so true. I can’t help but share this with you all.

So you happen to come across this brown individual at a party or at the mall and you start making guesses about where he or she is from. The worst way you can start off your interaction is by asking them if they are from India. Not a “So, where are you from?” But a direct “Are you from India?”

You’ve learned how to piss off a Nepali already. Although an incredibly laid-back lot, we can at times be quite sensitive about people’s assumptions or understanding of our country, and our nationality. Being sandwiched between two massive cultures doesn’t help — many an ignorant soul thinks Nepali culture and ethnicity is purely a mix of Indian and Chinese.

Here are a few more things you can say to further piss off someone from Nepal.

“Where is that?”

Just because you suck at geography, we have to go through a list of ‘Did you know?’ facts about our country to give you a sense of where in the world it is. If you know Mt. Everest, you should have probably put in the effort to look up where it is.

The point is that when it comes to our country and our nationality, Nepali people are, in general, a proud bunch. And when you tell us you haven’t even heard of the place or don’t know where it is, you’re bound to incite a frown or two.

“Oh Naples, of course!”

If you want to go one level higher, this would be the jackpot. Fake that you know what you’re talking about and then burst that bubble by telling us you know of a city that’s not even one of the best known in Europe, and think that it’s actually a country.

“Oh so you must have climbed Everest.”

Yes, Everest is in Nepal, but not in my backyard. And not all of us are Sherpas. In addition, it takes years of training and around $50k to ascend the highest mountain in the world.

In fact, a good number of Nepali people have never even seen Everest (thanks to the number of other massive Himalayan mountains that block our view), let alone climbed it. Would you assume someone from France or Italy must have summited Mont Blanc?

“So you speak Indian.”

Hindi, you mean. It’s called Hindi. And no, we speak Nepali because we’re from Nepal. The two are different languages even though they use the same script. English and German aren’t the same language just because they use the same alphabet, now are they?

“Buddha was from India.”

It’s a matter of grave distress to Nepali people when you mistakenly proclaim that Buddha was born in India. Yes, he did gain enlightenment and did most of his important work in India. But don’t make us take out the history books, or demand that you go to Lumbini in southern Nepal to visit the birthplace of the Enlightened One.

“So, you’re Buddhist.”

Over 80% of the population of Nepal is Hindu; only around 10% are Buddhist. But we might give you the benefit of the doubt on this one, because Buddhism and Hinduism are essentially the same religion in Nepal. Gautam Buddha was Hindu himself and is considered an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu.

“Momos…aren’t they the same as Chinese or Japanese dumplings?”

No! Dumplings may have been invented somewhere in the Far East. They might have come into Nepal through Tibet in the north. But they were perfected in Nepal and they are called momos. We will not even consider anything else for an answer.

These out-of-this-world delicious dumplings come with a sauce that’s even better and can be found basically anywhere you go in Nepal. Try them and your taste buds will be caressed by the rich flavors of the momos till all your tongue wants is more momos.

“It must be freezing over there.”

Yes, we’re situated among the Himalayas. But not all of Nepal lives at extreme altitudes. The southern parts of the country are as low as 300ft above sea level and can get plenty hot.

You’re gonna look pretty dumb in your winter coat on the back of an elephant in Chitwan National Park.

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Learn Nepali : Vegetables name

Some Nepali Vegetable  names with its  English names. Please click here to learn more Nepali.

English Roman देवनागरी  
Asparagus Kurilo कुरिलो
Beet Root Beet Root बीट रूट
Bitter Gourd Tite karela तिते करेला
Black Eye Beans, Green Bodi बोडी
Bottle Gourd Lauka लौका
Brinjal/ Egg plant Bhanta भन्टा
Broccoli Brokauli ब्रोकौली
Cabbage Banda kovi बन्दा कोवि
Capsicum, Bell perper, green paper Bhede khursani भेडे खुर्सनि
Carrot Gajar गाजर
Cauliflower Kauli कौलि
Celery Selery सेलरी
Chayote/ Choko Eiskus इस्कुस
Chili/ Green pepper Khursani खुर्सनि
Choerospondias axillaris Lapsi लप्सी
Colocassia Fruit/Yam Pidaloo पिडालु
Colocassia Leaf Karkalo कर्कलो
Coriander / Cilantro Dhaniya धनिया
Corn / Maize Makai मकै
Cucumber Kakro काँक्रो, खीरा, ककरी
Dill Sauf सोउफ
Fenugreek Green Methi ko Saag मेथीको साग
Fern Nigro निग्रो
Jalapino Mexicon khursani मेक्सिकन खुर्सनि
Kohlrabi Gyathkopi ग्याँठ कोपी
Lady Fingers/Okra Ramtoriya रमतोरिँया,
चिप्ली भिन्डी
Mustard Green Rayo Sag रायो साग
Mint Babri , Pudinaa बबरी, पुदिना
Onion Pyaaj प्याज
Poorman Orchid Koirala कोइराला
Potato Aalu आलू
Pumpkin Farsi फर्सि
Radish Mula मूला
Red Radish Gante Mula गान्टे मुला
Sponge Guard Ghiraula घिरौला
Soybean Bhatmas भट्मास
Spinach Palungo पालुङो
Squash Farsi फर्सि
Stinging Nettle Sisno सिस्नो
String Beans Ghiu Simi घीउ सिमी
Sun Flower Suryamukhi सूर्यमुखी
Sweet Potato Sakar khanda सकर् खन्ड
Tomato Golbheda गोल्भेडा
Tree Tomato Tyammatar ट्यम्मटर
Yardlong Beans Tane Bodi तने बोडी
Winsder Beans, Favabeans, Broad Beand, Horse Gram
Sponge Guard
BakullaChichindo बकुल्लाचिचिन्डो