Spinach in Different Indian Languages

Last Updated: 18.12.2023
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If you are wondering what’s your favorite Spinach in Different Indian Languages across the states of the country is called, then you are at the right place! 

India’s beloved ‘Palak’, is cooked in various forms all over the country. Not only it is packed with nutrients like Protein, Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Calcium, Iron, and lots of dietary fiber, it also has almost zero amount of saturated fats and cholesterol. Have a look at the Names of Spinach in Different Indian Languages across the states!

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North India

Spinach in Different Indian Languages

1. Spinach Name in Kashmiri: Palakh

Local Spinach Dish:

Kashmiri Haak Saag – It is a curry of Haak, kale, spinach, and other leafy vegetables. Kashmiri people serve it as a side dish.

2. Spinach Name in Punjabi: Poi, Palak

Local Spinach Dish:

Palak Paneer – This dish is basically boiled spinach with cubes of cottage cheese. As a result, it is a very famous and loved spinach recipe in the whole country. However, it originally belongs to Punjab.

3. Spinach Name in Uttarakhand (Hindi/Pahari language): Palak

Local Spinach Dishes:

  • Palak ka Kaapa – Pahari people make this spinach gravy without the use of onions and garlic.
  • Palak ki Kaafuli – In this recipe, spinach is cooked with fenugreek (methi) and rice flour.

4. Spinach Name in Hindi: Palak

Local Spinach Dish:

  • Palak Puri – This recipe originates from Madhya Pradesh. You can make this by kneading the plain Puri dough with a smooth grind of spinach and some spices.
  • Palak Parathe – These are regular Parathe with a flavor of spinach. Not to mention, this recipe requires the same dough as Palak Puri.
  • Palak Pakore – Leaves of spinach make regular Pakore healthier and crispier; these are often called “Patore.” Moreover, it’s a famous monsoon delicacy in India.

East India

5. Spinach Name in Bengali: Palong, Puin, Pui Shaakh

Local Spinach Dish:

Palong Shaak er Ghonto – This is a vegetarian dish that includes vegetables like eggplant, potatoes, pumpkin, and radish alongside spinach. You can find the recipe here.

6. Spinach Name in Marathi: Sag, Velbondi

Local Spinach Dish:

Palak chi Paatal Bhaaji – You can make this recipe by cooking spinach with chana dal and peanuts. Evidently, it is the common way of eating spinach in Maharashtrian cuisine. You can find the recipe here.

7. Spinach Name in Gujarati: Palak

Local Spinach Dishes:

  • Thepla – As the name suggests, these are regular Thepla that taste amazingly well with spinach.
  • Patra – These are fried snacks that Gujarati people make with spinach in gram flour.
  • Muthiya – These too are Gujarati snacks. Likewise, they include spinach, fenugreek, gram flour, and atta.

 South India

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8. Spinach Name in Tamil: Pasalai Keerai, Keerai 

Local Spinach Dishes:

  • Tamilian Spinach Poriyal – It is the traditional Poriyal, cooked with spinach. You can find the recipe here.
  • Keerai Vadai – Vada is a famous cuisine of South India. But if you add spinach to it, it becomes the delicious Keerai Vadai.
  • Keerai Masiyal/Keerai Kootu – This is the basic spinach curry, with a tadka of urad or moong dal. You can find the recipe here.

9. Spinach Name in Telugu: Pachchali Koora, Palakura, Koora

Local Spinach Dish:

Palakura Pappu – It is the Andhra version of “Keerai Kootu,” and is full of nutrients and protein. It is suitable for diabetic patients.

10. Spinach Name in Kannada: Palak, Soppu, Basale, Kempu Baayi Basalae

Local Spinach Dishes:

Palak Tovve – Just as “Palakura Pappu/Keerai Kootu.” Palak Tovve is a Karnataka style spinach and dal curry.

Soppu Vade – These are the same as Tamilian “Keerai Vadai.”

11. Spinach Name in Malayalam: Cheera

Local Spinach Dish:

Cheera Thoran – You can prepare this “Spinach Bhaaji” using red or green spinach. It is a delicious blend of spinach that tastes great with coconut. You can find the recipe here.

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