50+ Delicious Vocabulary About Food In Punjabi

vocabulary about food in punjabi

Punjabi food or ਭੋਜਨ (pronounced as Bhōjana) is love, and no foodie can deny this fact! With this said, it is imperative that we arm ourselves with vocabulary about food in Punjabi. That’s because Punjabi cuisine is one of the first imports of Indian culture worldwide, and it is always a good idea to be more culinarily aware. If you’re ready for that and more, then keep reading below!

Basis Of Punjabi Culture

Historically, Punjab has been one of the most abundant regions of the Indian subcontinent. The pre-partition or undivided state of Punjab derived its name – Panjab (ਪੰਜਾਬ)- being the land of five rivers. Panj (ਪੰਜ) means five, and Aab (ਆਬ) means water. Known as the “wheat bowl of India,” the state is also the country’s fifth largest dairy product supplier. So, you can imagine how rich its food selections could be, saturated with milk (Doodh – ਦੁੱਧ), yogurt (Dahi – ਦਹੀਂ), cream (ਕਰੀਮ) and cottage cheese (Paneer – ਪਨੀਰ)!

Punjabi cuisine is a beautiful amalgamation of rich non-vegetarian curries, hearty vegetarian dry dishes, spicy lentils (Daal – ਦਾਲ), fresh pickles, and an assortment of bread, like Naan (ਨਾਨ), Kulcha (ਕੁਲਚਾ) and Parantha (ਪਰਾਂਠਾ). What makes Punjabi food stand out is the exhaustive use of a clay oven called Tandoor (ਤੰਦੂਰ) to roast meats and bake bread. In short, earthy and rustic food from farm to table!

Globally Popular Punjabi Dishes

Indian cuisine has a tremendous fan following globally, led by Punjabi food. Punjabis were the earliest to form the Indian diaspora in almost every corner of the planet. They took their food along with them and conquered the culinary world! Let’s see some popular dishes from Punjab that can weaken your knees.

1. Butter Chicken

As the name suggests, this dish – called Chicken Makhani (ਚਿਕਨ ਮੱਖਣੀ) in Punjabi – is all about marinated boneless pieces dunked in lots of clarified butter (Ghiyo – ਘਿਓ) or butter (Makkhan – ਮੱਖਣ) and tossed in a creamy gravy. It is the most ordered dish in Indian restaurants around the world. However, the ones made in Punjabi households tend to be much more toned down with a homely feel but taste just as divine.

2. Amritsari Fish

Named after the city of Amritsar (Punjab region of India) where it originated, this is a popular street side food of the region that features heavily in Punjabi restaurants all over. Called Amritsari Machchhi (ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਸਰੀ ਮੱਛੀ) in Punjabi, this is a simple dish of batter fried local freshwater fish called Singhara (ਸਿੰਘਾਰਾ).

3. Sarson Ka Saag/ Sarson Da Saag

The staple food of Punjabi households whose popularity goes beyond Punjab, Sarson Da Saag (ਸਰਸੋਂ ਦਾ ਸਾਗ) translates into Mustard Greens. However, this creamy and saucy curry also includes greens like spinach (Paalak –ਪਾਲਕ), fenugreek leaves (Methi –ਮੇਥੀ), white radish root and greens (Mooli –ਮੂਲੀ). It is almost always paired with Makki Ki Roti (ਮੱਕੀ ਦੀ ਰੋਟੀ) – an unleavened flatbread made of corn flour (not to be confused with cornflour), dollops of freshly churned white butter (ਸਫ਼ੇਦ ਮੱਖਣ) and some jaggery (ਗੁੜ). It makes for a hearty winter meal!

4. Chhole Bhature

Chhole Bhature is a dish comprising of a spicy chickpea curry (Chhole – ਭਟੂਰੇ) and giant fried bread (Bhature – ਭਟੂਰੇ) made of all-purpose flour (Maida – ਮੈਦਾ). This famous street food has crossed Punjab’s state limits and become a Pan-India sensation. This Punjabi dish has become the food spirit of the national capital New Delhi where it is mainly eaten as Sunday brunch – either ordered in or at a popular local vendor.

Amritsari Lassi

5. Amritsari Lassi

Lassi (ਲੱਸੀ) is a sweet, yogurt-based cold drink that accompanies most Punjabi meals at restaurants. A variation called Mango Lassi has been made popular across the globe via restaurants run by immigrant Indians, Pakistanis, and Bangladeshis. It not only soothes your gut by providing relief from all the heat generated by the spices but also freshens you up and fills you with instant energy.

Popular Punjabi Foods

Come, let us have a look at some more Punjabi food items to tantalize your tastebuds!

Dish NameDish Name in Punjabi ScriptWhat it is
Aaloo Paranthaਆਲੂ ਪਰਾਂਠਾWheat flour flatbread stuffed with spiced potatoes
Rajma Chawalਰਾਜਮਾ ਚੌਲRed kidney bean curry with rice
Chhole Chawalਛੋਲੇ ਚੌਲChickpea curry with rice
Kadhi Pakoreਕੜੀ ਪਕੌੜੇButtermilk-based lightly spiced curry with vegetable fritters
Tandoori Chickenਤੰਦੂਰੀ ਚਿਕਨGrilled chicken legs
Paneer Tikkaਪਨੀਰ ਟਿੱਕਾGrilled marinated paneer cubes
Fish Tikkaਫਿਸ਼ ਟਿੱਕਾGrilled marinated fish pieces
Maah Di Daalਮਾਹ ਕੀ ਦਾਲCreamy black lentil gravy
Chana Masalaਚਨਾ ਮਸਾਲਾBlack gram dry curry
Kurkuri Bhindiਕੁਰਕੁਰੀ ਭਿੰਡੀCrispy fried okra
Baingan Bhartaਬੈਂਗਨ ਭਰਤਾRoasted aubergine/ brinjal mash
Aaloo Gobiਆਲੂ ਗੋਬੀPotato and cauliflower dry curry
Aaloo Parantha served with Safed Makkhan and Chana Masala

Vocabulary About Food In Punjabi

Food ItemFood Item in Roman ScriptFood Item in Punjabi Script
Black PepperKali Mirchਕਾਲੀ ਮਿਰਚ
Red ChilliLal Mirchਲਾਲ ਮਿਰਚ
Turmeric PowderHaldi Powderਹਲਦੀ ਪਾਊਡਰ
Garam MasalaGaram Masalaਗਰਮ ਮਸਾਲਾ
Coriander PowderDhania Powderਧਨੀਆ ਪਾਊਡਰ
Bay LeafTejpattaਤੇਜਪਤਾ
SugarCheeni/Shakkarਚੀਨੀ/ ਸ਼ੱਕਰ
All-purpose FlourMaidaਮੈਦਾ
Black GramKala Gramਕਾਲਾ ਗ੍ਰਾਮ
Yellow Split Pigeon PeaToor Daalਤੂਰ ਦਾਲ
Bengal GramBangal Gramਬੰਗਾਲ ਗ੍ਰਾਮ
Pearl MilletBajraਬਾਜਰਾ
Green ChilliHari Mirchਹਰੀ ਮਿਰਚ
Green PeasHare Matarਹਰੇ ਮਟਰ
CauliflowerPhul Gobiਫੁੱਲ ਗੋਭੀ
Bitter GourdKarelaਕਰੇਲਾ
Bottle GourdGhiaਘਿਆ
Water MelonTarboojਤਰਬੂਜ
Black PlumJaamanਜਾਮਣ
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