Glossary of Legumes, Lentils or Pulses in English, Hindi, Tamil, Marathi

The Glossary of legumes and lentils or pulses used mainly in Indian Cuisine is presented here. The first column consists of their names in English, whilst the second column consists of their names translated in Hindi.The names of the legumes, lentils are listed in an alphabetical order.

indian daals lentils

Just for your information :-

  • In Hindi, the word ‘ Sabut’ is used for lentils which are whole.
  • The word ‘ Dal ‘ is used for split lentils.
  • The word ‘ Dhuli ‘ is used for split and husked/skinned lentils.
bengal gram flourbesankadalai mavu
bengal gram spilt and skinnedchana dal, chane ki dal,
booter dal
kadalai paruppuharbaryachi,
chanyachi dal
bengal gram wholekala chana, chanaharbhara
black eyed beans, cow peaslobhiya, lobiya, chawli, chavlikaramani
black gram skinnedurad dhuliulluttam paruppu
black gram spliturad chilka
black gram wholeurad sabut, urad sabootmuzhu ulundhu
white chick peas,
garbanzo beans
kabuli channa,
safed chole, chole
kondai kadalai
field bean,
hyacinth bean, lablab
green gram dalmoong dalpayatham paruppu
green gram splitmoong chilkamugachi dal
green gram wholemoong sabut, mung sabutpayarumug
horse gramkulthi, kulithkollu
lentil dal, pink lentilmasoor dal, masar dal,
masur dal
moth beanmoth, matki, matakitaittai pairu
peasmutter, matar, mattarpattanni
dried green peashara matar
dried white peassafed matar
black peaskala vatana
peas spilt, green peas spiltmatar dal, green matar dal
pigeon peas spilt and skinnedarhar, tuvar, toor, tur daltovarum paruppu
red kidney beansrajmarajma

note – if you know the name of any legumes/lentils/pulses in any regional indian language and want to update it in this post… then do leave it in the comment section and we will update the post.

if we have missed any legumes, then also you can let us know. thanks in advance.

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  1. Glossary of Indian Fruits
  2. Glossary of Indian Spices in English and Hindi
  3. Glossary of Cereals Grains in English and Hindi
  4. Glossary of Indian Dry Fruits in English and Hindi

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  1. why arhar dal is called a red gram.?

    • even i wonder the same.

  2. Excellent! Thanks for this info. It was very helpful for an on-going project.

    • Welcome Sunny

  3. What about soya dal?

    • will add.

  4. Please add Telugu Names (Andhra Pradesh & Telangana)

    Bengal Gram Flour Senaga Pindi
    Bengal Gram Split and Skinned Senaga Pappu
    Bengal Gram Whole Senagalu
    Black Gram Dal (Skinned) Minapappu
    Black Gram Split (with husk) Pottu Minapappu
    Black Gram Whole Minugulu
    Green Gram Dal (Skinned) Pesara Pappu
    Green Gram Split (with husk) Pottu Pesara Pappu
    Green Gram Whole Pesalu
    Horse Gram Ulavalu
    Peas Batanilu
    Red Kidney Beans Rajma

    • thanks a lot mani for this information. will add. the entire post needs a change and due to shortage of time, i am not able to work on it. once i change the whole post, i will add all the details. thanks again.

  5. What are brown lentils?
    In hindi. They say it is masoor but masoor is called red lentils. Are both brown and red lentils same?

    • Sanjana Lal, masoor is called as brown lentils because the whole masoor has brown colored husk.

  6. Thanks for this dal names in english

    • welcome rishabh.

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