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Pimiento

These look like smaller versions of red capsicums or bell peppers. These are also called as cherry peppers. These are used to stuff green olives. It is basically a small sweet red pepper. Pimiento is a Spanish word that means pepper. It is usually 7-10 cms long and …

Ridge Gourd

Hindi Name: Torai A long vegetable with a dark green ridged skin and a white spongy flesh with soft seeds. It is prepared by removing the skin of the vegetable and then cooked. Ridge gourd is very prominent in Indian cooking. It is called as sponge gourd in …

Round Gourd

Hindi Name: Tinda Small round gourd, also called baby pumpkin, is a vegetable grown for its immature fruit. Green colored and apple sized, it is a slightly sour fruit which can be eaten cooked, candied or pickled. Stuffed round gourds cooked with spices is also a favorite recipe. …

Sweet Potatoes

Hindi Name: Shakarkandi Shakarkandi or sweet potato is a starchy, sweet tasting root vegetable. Its leaves and shoots both are edible though the starchy tuberous roots are most commonly consumed. It can be baked at home as a snack or as a dessert. They are mostly consumed by …

Turnip

Hindi Name: Shalgam It is a white bulb taproot vegetable. Broad at the base, it points like a tail at the apex. The leaves and the root have a pungent bitterly taste, similar to raw cabbages and radishes. Turnips are available all year long, but are at their …

Plantain

Hindi Name: Vaayaka They belong to the banana family but are firmer and not consumed raw. Green or under ripe plantains are the ones used in cooking and is a staple food in many tropical areas. The are eaten steamed or fried and called the potatoes of the …

Kaffir Lime

Kaffir lime is a rough bumpy green citrus fruit originating from Southeast Asia. The leaves also feature in many recipes because of their aromatic properties. They have a curious figure of eight shape. Usage The peel is a very common ingredient in Thai cuisine adding an astringent flavor …

Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes are a smaller variety of the garden tomatoes, which are comparatively sweeter than the larger fruits. They are relatively found in size of a thumb tip to the size of a golfball. These varieties of tomatoes are even juicier and hold many valuable nutrients. These tiny …

Drumstick

Hindi Name: Shingh phali Drum stick or horseradish tree is a tall slender plant grown for it greens, flowers and nutritious pods. It is a very commonly used vegetable in Indian household. The leaves are the most nutritious part of the plant. They are cooked and used like …

Rocket Leaves

Hindi Name: Tara Mira Rocket leaves or popularly known as arugula or salad rocket is nutritious green-leafy vegetable. The young tender leaves carry a bitter peppery flavor that makes it mostly a salad vegetable. Rocket leaves have a sweet, nutty flavor when they’re young but start developing a …