Popular Indian Vegetable Names in Tamil

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Here is an exclusive list of Indian Vegetable Names in Tamil that will help you to name your favorite veggie when you will be in Tamil Nadu!

As the proverb says that ‘Every two miles the water changes, every four miles the speech‘, so the names of vegetables in India! Knowing some or the other details of the local language always helps. We have made a list of Indian Vegetable Names in Tamil that will help you to name them out in South India or even Sri Lanka!

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Indian Vegetable Names in Tamil

1. Spinach

Indian Vegetable Names in Tamil

Tamil Name: Pasalai Keerai

The green leafy vegetable is packed with iron, folate, manganese, and vitamins.

2. Ginger

Tamil Name: Ingi

This rhizome root is one of the most staple spices in India.

3. Brinjal


Tamil Name: Kathirikkaai

Brinjal is a rich source of fiber, copper, minerals, and phenolic compounds.

4. Ash Gourd

Tamil Name: Neer Poosanikai

Ash gourd has sweet flesh and consumed boiled, baked, or fried.

5. Bitter Gourd

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Tamil Name: Pakarkaai

Bitter gourd is a boon for hair, skin, and immunity.

6. Carrot

Tamil Name: Mangal Mullangi

Carrot is famous for gajar ka halwa delicacy.

7. Cauliflower

Tamil Name: Kovippu

Cauliflower is cooked or stir-fried after discarding its thick stalks and leaves.

8. Chick Peas

Tamil Name: Konda Kadalae

High in protein, vitamins, and fibers, chickpeas are cherished for the lip-smacking ‘chana masala’ recipe.

9. Cluster Beans

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Tamil Name: Kothavara

The young beans are cooked as a vegetable, whereas their seeds are dried and grounded for ice cream preparations.

10. Taro

Tamil Name: Cheppankilangu

Taro has sweet potato-like taste, and its starchy corms are cooked as a vegetable.

11. Cucumber

Tamil Name: Vellarikkaai

Cucumber is high in vitamins, minerals, and water content.

12. Lady Finger

Tamil Name: Vendaikaai

This vegetable makes a remarkable presence in ‘Vendakkai Poriyal

13. Ridge Gourd

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Tamil Name: Peerkankaai

The spongy flesh and soft seeds of the ridge gourd makes a tasty addition to Sambhar.

14. Onion

Tamil Name: Vengayam

Onion is a star ingredient for meat and savory dishes.

15. Snake Gourd

Tamil Name: Putalankaai

Snake gourd works as a flavorful ingredient for stir-fries, curry, and curd chutney.

16. Bottle Gourd 

Tamil Name: Suraikkai or Chorakkai

Consumed as juice or cooked veggie, this gourd is good for the stomach, and heart health.

17. Sweet Potato

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Tamil Name: Inippu Urulaikkilanku

Its sweet taste compliments a multitude of dishes including salads, pies, puddings, and custards.

18. Pumpkin

Tamil Name: Paranki

It goes well with savory dishes, bread, and cake making.

19. Drumstick

Tamil Name: Murungai Keerai

High in minerals, fibers, and vitamins, the drumstick is a potent vegetable used in curries, sambhar, and kormas.

20. Tamarind

Tamil Name: Puli

Flavorful tamarind enhances the flavor of sambhar, rasam, curry, and chutneys dramatically.

21. Potato

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Tamil Name: Urulai Kilanku

Potatoes can be baked, deep-fried, boiled, or steamed.

22. Red Chili

Tamil Name: Kaindha Milagai or Sigappu Milagai

Red chilies add important spiciness to cuisines like sambhar, and rasam.

23. Yardlong Bean

Tamil Name: Payathangai

Yardlong beans are steamed, boiled or sauteed as a delightful addition to the stews, soups, and savory dishes.

24. Capsicum

Tamil Name: Koda Milagai

Rich in vitamins A, E, C, and B6, capsicum is consumed raw in salads, marinated into pasta, or can also be roasted or grilled.

25. Ivy Gourd

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Tamil Name: Kovakkai

Crunchy Kovakkai has a mildly sweet flavor and has anti-inflammatory, and laxative effects.

26. Broad Beans

Tamil Name: Avaraikaai

The tender and fresh broad beans are sautéed, boiled, or steamed.

27. Spring Onion

Tamil Name: Thal Vangayam

Both the green stalks and tiny bulb of spring onion are prized for intensifying the flavor of curry and savory dishes.

28. Fenugreek Leaves

Tamil Name: Venthiyam Keerai

Fresh and dried leaves of fenugreek are cooked as a vegetable, whereas, its seeds work as a spicy zest for savory dishes.

29. Amarnath

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Tamil Name: Arakeerai

Enrich with calcium, iron, copper, zinc, and manganese, it goes well in stir-fries and sautés.

30. Green Peas

Tamil Name: Pachai Pattani

Peas are rich in dietary fiber, iron, and Vitamins.

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