Vegetables in Nepali & English translation

We have collected some vegetable names and translated them to Nepali. These are not all, please suggest more names to be added in the list.

English name of vegetables and Nepali equivalent

  • Asparagus – Kurilo (कुरिलो)
  • Beans – Simi (सिमी)
  • Favabeans, Broad Beand, Horse Gram – Bakkulla (बकुल्ला)
  • Beet Root – Chukandar (चुकन्दर)
  • Bitter Gourd – Tite Karela, Karela (करेला)
  • Black Eyed Beans, Green Bean – Bodi (बोडी)
  • Bottle Gourd – Lauka (लौका)
  • Brinjal or Egg Plant – Bhanta (भण्टा)
  • Bamboo Shoots – Tama (तामा)
  • Cabbage – Banda Govi or Banda Kovi (बन्दा)
  • Capsicon, Bell Pepper,  Green Pepper – Bhede Khursani (भेंडे खुर्सानी)
  • Carrot – Gajar (गाजर)
  • Cauliflower – Kauli (काउली)
  • Chilli, Green Pepper – Khursani, Hario Khursani (खुर्सानी)
  • Chayote – Ishkush (इस्कुस)
  • Coriander / Cilantro, Chinese Parsley – Dhaniya (धनिया)
  • Corn, Maize – Makai (मकै)
  • Cucumbers – Kaakro (काँक्रो)
  • Dill – Soup, Souf (शुप, सौफ)
  • Fenugreek Green – Methi Ko Saag (मेथीको साग)
  • Fiddlehead fern – Niguro (निगुरो)
  • Jalapeño - Mexican Khursani (खुर्सानी)
  • Luffa Gourd – Ghiraula (घिरौंला)
  • Garden cress – Chamasur (चमसुर)
  • Mint – Babari, Pudina (पुदिना)
  • Mushrooms – Chyau (च्याउ)
  • Okara, Ladies’ Finger – Ramtoriya, Bhindi (भिण्डी)
  • Onion – Pyaj (प्याज्)
  • Potato – Aalu (आलु)
  • Pumpkin – Farsi (फर्सी)
  • Radish – Gante Mula (गाण्टे मुला)
  • Radish (White) - Mula (मुला)
  • Soyabean – Bhatmash (भट्टमास)
  • Spinach – Palungo (पालुंगो)
  • Sweet Potato, Yam – Shakhar Khanda (शखर खण्ड)
  • Taro root – Pindalu (पिंडालु)
  • Taro leaf – Karkalo (कर्कलो)
  • Taro young stalks – Gaabha or gaava (गाभा)
  • Tomato – Golbheda (गोलभेंडा), Tamatar

Rayo Sag is available in various names. Some call it Mastard Green and others have Chinese names like Gai Choy.

Chamsur and Palungo are available as Garden Cress and Spinach.


Some addition:


Angled Luffa Gourd – Patee Gheeraula (पाटे घीरौला)
Angled luffa is called pate-gheeraula, is also known as ridged luffa, angled gourd, or Chinese okra. It is long and narrow gourd, with sharply ribbed skin. Only the young or immature luffa is used for cooking, once mature they develop a sponge-like fibrous texture and becomes bitter.

Smooth Luffa Gourd – Gheeraula – (घीरौला)
The smooth luffa is also known as silk gourd, sponge gourd, or toriya and is an extremely popular vegetable in Nepal. It resembles a long cucumber with a smooth green skin marked by fine longitudinal lines. The young gourd is sweet with a delicate and distinctive taste.

sponge luffa gouard

On request of Pramod Poudel
Tama is found as Sour Bamboo Shoots or Bamboo Shoots in salt water. This is an example of a commercial product:

I have also seen raw bamboo shoots in Chinese stores. They need to be treated to make sour.

Post History:
2011, September – Original post
2014, October – Update on Ghiraula
2015, October – Update with images
2018, June – Update (Whole post re-written, with updates)
2018, July – Update (Tama)
2018, August – Update (Chamsur)


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