List of spices - Indian & other Spices

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This list of spices lists the Indian spices that are commonly used in Indian cooking.

These spices come from different parts of plants. Flowers, seeds, leaves, stems, fruits etc.

The spices include

barks such as cinnamon,

leaves such as bay leaf, curry leaf,

flowers such as star anise,

seeds such as coriander etc.

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List of Spices

Ajwain - Carom seeds

Ajwain - Ajave - Carom seeds

Ajwain, known as ova, owa, ovam, om kaalu etc. in Indian languages.

Ajwain is good for digestion. It ia used in breads, in the covering of samosa and kachori.

It is hot in taste. Just take a pinch in your mouth after a meal. You may mix it with fennel seeds (somph) and use it as a digestive or mouth freshener.


Asafoetida - Asafetida - In Indian languages known as Hing, Hingu, ingu, perungayam. Read more about Asafoetida - Asafetida.


Cumin seeds - In Indian languages known as Jira, Zira, Jire, Jeerige


Black Peppercorn Seeds - In Indian languages known as Sabut kali mirch, kali miri, kale mire, kari mensu, kalu menasu


Coriander seeds - In Indian languages known as Saboot Dhania, Dhane, Kothambari beeja


fenugreek - methi seedsfenugreek - methi seeds

Fenugreek/ Foenugreek Seeds - In Indian languages known as Methidana, Methi, Menthe kalu, menthya


Allspice - Kebab cheeni


Anise Seeds, Aniseed, Sweet Cumin - In Indian languages known as Saunf, sompu, Badishep, shepa


Bay leaf - bay leaves - In Indian languages known as Tej patta, Tamal patri, Pulav yele, masala yele, patre


Black Cardamom - In Indian languages known as Badi Elaichi, moti elaichi, Masala Veldoda, veldode, Dodda Yelakki


Caraway Seeds, Black Cumin - In Indian languages known as Kala jeera, shah jeera, shahjeere


Cardamom - In Indian languages known as elaichi seeds, choti Elaichi, Veldoda, veldode, velchi, Yelakki, yalakki


Celery seeds - In Indian languages known as Ajmod,Shalari, Ajmud, Randhuni, Ajmoda


Cinnamon - In Indian languages known as Dalchini, chakke


Cloves - In Indian languages known as Lavang, Laung, Lavanga


Cumin,sweet cumin -


Dill Seed - In Indian languages known as Savaa / Soa, Shepu, sabasige, sabbasige


Fennel - Large Cumin, Sweet Fennel - In Indian languages known as saunf, sompu, shepa, badishope, Dodda jeerige


Dry ginger  - In Indian languages known as saunth, sunth, ona sunti


Licorice  Root, Sweetroot, Liquorice - In Indian languages known as Jeshthamadh


Mace - In Indian languages known as javitri, jaypatri, javitri


Mustard Seed - In Indian languages known as rai,sarso, Rai, mohari, Mohori, Sasive kalu


Nutmeg - In Indian languages known as jaiphal, jajikayi


Dry red guntur chiliDry red guntur chili

Dry guntur red chili is hot in taste but does not give dark red color to the dish.

Dry red byadgi chiliDry red byadgi chili

Dry byadgi chili has wrinkled skin .

It is not very hot in taste but gives good red color to the dish.

Dry red round chiliDry red round chili

Red Chili powder - In Indian languages known as Lal Mirch powder, Lal mirchi pud, lal tikhat, , Kempu Menasinkai pudi, kempu mensupudi


Onion seeds, nigella, black caraway seeds - In Indian languages known as

karle - कारळे - khursani


White peppercorn - In Indian languages known as Safed mirch


poppy seeds - khuskhus/khaskhaspoppy seeds khuskhus/khaskhas

Poppy Seeds - In Indian languages known as ghasghase, khaskhas, khuskhus


Saffron strands - In Indian languages known as kesar, jaffaran, zaffaran, kesari


Star Anise - In Indian languages known as Badal Phool / Ananasphal / chakra phool, Hoovu, chakra maggi


Tamarind freshTamarind fresh
Tamarind driedTamarind dried

Fresh Tamarind and dried tamarind - In Indian languages known as Imli, Chinch, Hunse hannu , puli


Green Chili Pepper - In Indian languages known as Hari Mirch, Hirvi mirchi, Hasi Menasinkai, hasi mensu


Chile Pepper - red - In Indian languages known as Lal Mirch, Lal mirchi, Kempu Menasinkai, hasi kempu mensu


Fresh coriander, Cilantro, Chinese /Japanese Parsley - In Indian languages known as Hara Dhania, Hirvi Kothimbir, Kothambari soppu


Curry leaves - In Indian languages known as Kadhi patta, kadi patta, Kadhilimb, Karibevu soppu


Garlic - In Indian languages known as Lasan,Lahasan, Lasun, Bellulli


Ginger - fresh - In Indian languages known as Adrak, Ale, Alla, Hasi sunti


Turmeric rootTurmeric root

Turmeric root - In Indian languages known as Haldi, Oli Halad, Arishina beru


Turmeric powder - In Indian languages known as Haldi, Halad pavdar, Arishina pudi


Related Pages to visit:

Garam Masala Recipe - used for many savory dishes.

Rasam Powder - South Indian Rasam - Served with rice or as an appitizer

Sambar Powder - Spice mix for the South Indian Sambar Recipe.

Chat Maslala - Spice powder to use with fruit snacks, a variety of chaats, juices, salads.

More about Hing - Asafoetida - Asafetida - More info about hing.



Go to Indian spices for Indian names of spices

Go to Indian Masala From list of spices

Go to Vegetarian Recipes Site Home Page From list of spices



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