What is quinoa in Nepali? Is it Kodo, Junelo Makai or Chinu?
This is a discussion post: A discussion to know the truth.
Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is an ancient whole grain – getting popular among health conscious people. The grain is high in protein, iron, and fiber. The gluten-free grain also contain a perfect balance of all the nine amio acids that are essential for human nutrition. Quinoa is a good source of Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Manganese. One cup of cooked quinoa contain 25% more fiber and 60% more protein than a comparable amount of brown rice. It also has 15% fewer carbohydrates making it a perfect rice supplement.
What do Nepali people call this healthy grain?
Some say it is Kodo (à¤•à¥‹à¤¦à¥‹) – which is not true because kodo is millet in English. Others call it Junelo (à¤œà¥à¤¨à¥‡à¤²à¥‹). Junelo is named Proso Millet. It looks more like corn than quinoa.
In fact, quinoa is not easy to find in Nepal. According to Aruna Upreti (in an article published in Republica Daily) seems people in Western Nepal (Karnali specially Mugu) call it Chinu (à¤šà¤¿à¤¨à¥). The name might be different from place to place. Aruna writes, â€œPeople have become lazy. Since they get rice from the World Food Program, no one wants to grow millet, barley or quinoa (locally known as chinu). Here people are ashamed of eating locally produced food.â€
Quinoa’s grains look similar to that of millet. In Nepal, rice used to be considered the grain of rich people. Poor people mostly relied on millet, corn and wheat. These days, the hierarchy has changed. Foods like millets are found to be healthier than rice.
Other popular grains grains with English and Nepali names:
- Rice – Chamal (à¤šà¤¾à¤®à¤²)
- Wheat – Gahun (à¤—à¤¹à¥à¤)
- Corn – Makai (à¤®à¤•à¥ˆ)
- Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) – faapar (à¤«à¤¾à¤ªà¤°)
- Barley (Hordeum vulgare) – Jau (à¤œà¥Œ)
- Oat (Avena sativa) – Jai (à¤œà¤ˆ)
- Rye – there is no Nepali name of rye.
Rice in Nepali
Rice is the most popular grain in Nepal. There are a lot of Nepali names associated with rice.
Rice in it’s cover (rice husk) is called Dhaan in Nepali (à¤§à¤¾à¤¨).
When the cover is removed and is ready to cook it is called Chamal (à¤šà¤¾à¤®à¤²)
When rice is steamed or cooked it is called Bhat (à¤à¤¾à¤¤).
When rice is cooked in milk to make rice pudding it is called Khir (à¤–à¥€à¤°).
When sticky rice, called Anadi rice (à¤…à¤¨à¤¦à¥€) is boiled in water with sugar (à¤šà¤¿à¤¨à¥€) or boiled sugarcane juice (à¤–à¥à¤¦à¥‹) – it is called Latte (à¤²à¤Ÿà¥à¤Ÿà¥‡), Chamre (à¤šà¤¾à¤®à¥à¤°à¥‡) or Chichhar (à¤šà¤¿à¤šà¥à¤šà¤°). Tharu community cook it covered in banana leaves and bake it in coal, it is called Bhakkun (à¤à¤¤à¥à¤•à¥à¤¨).
Oat in Nepali
Oat and rye are primarily grown in Western world. So they are popular in their original names – oat and rye. Actually barley, wheat, rye and oat look similar are closely related to each other.
Chino is Proso millet, not Junelo. Junelo is Sorghum.
Rye is Oowa
I think it is called Bethe or Bethu.
Quinoa plant looks like Bethe or bathua but test of quinoa is quit different then behte seed
Quinoa is new to Nepal
I have gotten the tricolour varieties
As long I know Rye is Oowa.
Tilak prasad pun ji, I am interested in tricolor quinoa. How may I contact you ? Thanks
Its called Bethu
what is quinoa
Yes quinoa is like a bikasi verson of bhete
Quinoa is a new world food, from the Andes. It’s popularity outside of native region is recent so there is no way there can be Nepali name, unless you give it one. Amaranth (latte ko sag), fapar and bathe/bathua are related species familiar in our region. Btw, English for junelo is shorgum while rye is uwa in Nepali.
Quinoa looks very similar with sama and kagunu. It’s grains sometimes look like the seeds of latte, but it resembles more sama or kagunu, both of which are grains (Anna -grass family) not from herbs (saag) family.
Quinoa is found in my village and we called it nali in local language
can some one tell me Chinu or Kaguno is quinoa or not?? please
is their anyone to tell me right, is Chinu or Kaguno is quinoa or not?? please
I think Chinu is Quinoa as I have seen it during my childhood during early 90’s . People in Jumla use to grow both Chinu(quinoa) and Kaguno during that time and slowly started to consume rice from Food program as Kalo marsi which is grown in Jumla is not sufficient for the entire year and slowly stopped growing such food grains like Phapar, Chinu and Kaguno. Thought they grow 2 varieties of millet locally called black kodo and red kodo. So I am certain that Quinoa is Kaguno in Nepali. Not certain if it is grown now in other parts.During that time even I use to say I need rice rather than Chinu ko bhat. Hope this will help them who ever searching for the answer.
Nepal is rich in flora and fauna. Almost all varieties can befound in Nepal under different native names but in small quantities so these are not widely traded, just fulfill the local n household needs. Can any Nepalese friend take the snap of our local varieties of KAAGUNO, OUWAA, FAAPAR, BATHUWAA, JUNELO and post here please.