Popular Nepali Herbs & Spices with their English names


Let’s dive into the vibrant world of Nepali cuisine, a treasure trove of flavors, where spices are the heart and soul of every dish. The streets of Nepal resonate with the sizzle of spices that dance on the tongues of locals and travelers alike. So, grab your aprons, and let’s spice things up!

In Nepal, no meal is complete without a generous sprinkle of masala (spice blends). Using cumin, coriander, turmeric, fenugreek, ginger, and garlic is widespread. These spices do more than just tickle your taste buds; they’re packed with health benefits that are passed down from generations for centuries.

Let’s start with turmeric, the golden god of spices. It’s not just for color; it’s a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. Cumin, with its earthy warmth, isn’t far behind. It boosts your digestive system and has antioxidants to fend off those pesky free radicals. Coriander seeds, with their lemony zest, are not just a flavor kick; they’re your best friend for digestive health and keeping your cholesterol levels in check.

Ginger, the zingy superstar, is like a warm hug for your stomach. It helps with nausea and calms an upset digestive tract. Garlic, the pungent powerhouse, is a natural antibiotic and keeps your heart happy by managing your blood pressure. Garlic and ginger pastes are a daily addition to curry and dishes all around Nepal.

But wait, there’s more! Fenugreek seeds are the unsung heroes. While they add a bitter punch to dishes, they sweeten the deal for your health by controlling blood sugar levels.

Nepali dishes often feature a unique spice blend called garam masala. It’s a mix that typically includes cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and bay leaves. These aren’t just fragrant additions; they come with their own health benefits. Cinnamon can regulate blood sugar levels, while cardamom can improve oral health and help with digestive problems. Cloves are nature’s painkiller with antiseptic properties, and bay leaves can help soothe an upset stomach.

Now, let’s talk about the famous Nepali Timur (Sichuan pepper), which brings a tingling sensation to dishes. This little berry isn’t just about the thrill—it enhances circulation and can help relieve pain.

The Nepali kitchen is a pharmacy disguised as a pantry. Every meal is a chance to feed your body with nutrients wrapped in delicious flavors. Eating well is a form of self-respect, and with Nepali spices, you’re not just respecting yourself; you’re giving yourself a big high-five!

So next time you’re enjoying a plate of momos or a steaming plate of dal bhat and tarkari, remember that you’re not just treating your taste buds to a party; you’re also giving your body the gift of health.

S/NदेवनागरीRoman ScriptEnglish
1अम्चोरAmchor powderSour Mango powder
3अलैचीAlaichiBlack cardamom
4अमलाAmalaNepali gooseberry
5अनार्दानाAnardanaPomegranate seed
6ओखरOkharWall Nut
9बिरेनुनBirenunBlack Salt
12दहिDahiCurd / Yogurt
13धनियाDhaniaCoriander seed
14धनिया धुलोDhania powderCoriander Powder
15धनियाDhaniyaCoriander powder
16गरम मसलाGaram MasalaSpice mixture
17गुलाब जलGulab JalRose water
18गुर/सखरGur/ SakharUnrefined Sugar
20हलेदो / बेसारHaledo/BesharTurmeric
21हरियो धनियाHario DhaniyaCoriander green
22हरियो खुर्सानीHariyo khursaniGreen Chili
26जीराJeeraCumin seed
27जीरा गोलिJeera GoliCumin seed
grounded into ball
28जेठी मधुJethi madhuLicorice
29ज्वानोJwano/AjwainCarom/thyme seed
30कागती / निबुKagatiLemon/ Lime
31कागजी बदामKagji BadamAlmond
34करी-पताKary-pattaCurry Tree Leaf
38खुस खुसKhus KhusPoppy seed
42मरिचMarichBlack Pepper
44मेथी पताMethi leavesFenugreek leaf
45मुलाको बिउMula ko BiuRadish Seed
48पुदिना / बाबरीPudinaMint
51रातो खुर्सानीRato KhursaniRed Chili
52रायोRayoBrown Mustard Seed
53सुकुमेलSukumelGreen Cardamom
54सुपारीSupariBetel nut
55सुठोSuthoDried Ginger
56तेज पताTej PattaBay Leaf
57टिमुरTimurRed Pepper
58तोरी को तेलTori ko telMustard Oil
59तीलTeelSeseme seed
60तुलसीTulsiHoly Basil
61तील को तेलTeel ko telSeseme Oil

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