Indian Flour Names

Get list of flours used in Indian cooking with their english, hindi, tamil, telugu, kannada, malayalam and gujarati names.

The below list contains both the names of flours made from cereals (grains) and seeds (pseudo grains like amaranth, buckwheat, millets etc). Also are listed flours from beans and lentils. I have also mentioned if these flours are gluten free or not. 

While I have done the english, hindi, marathi and gujarati translations on my own, for the other languages, the reference is taken from the book, Modern Cookery by Thangam Philip.

List of Indian Flours

whole wheat flour - attaWhole wheat flourAttaKaneekGodumai
Godi hittuGothambu
maida or all purpose flourAll purpose flour, Refined flourMaidaMaidaMaida maavuMaida pindiMaida hittuMaida mavuMaidaX
sooji, ravaCream of wheat,
Sooji, sujiRavaRavaiRavaRavaRavaRavaX
rice flourRice flourChawal
Ka atta
Arisi maavuBiyyappu
Akki hittuAripodiChokha
No lot 
maize flourMaize flourMakai ka attaMakyache
Makka cholam maavuMokkajonna
Mekke jola hittuCholam mavuMakai no lotX
corn starchCorn starchCorn flourX
soy bean flour, soya flourSoybean flour,
Soya flour
Bhatma ka atta
sattu ka attaRoasted bengal gram flourSattu ka attaPottukadalai maavu
 Gram flour, chickpea
BesanDaliche peethKadalamaavuSenaga pinduKadale hittuKadala mavuChana no lot
 Finger millet flourMandua
Ka atta 
Nachni che peethKizhvaragu maavRagulu pindiRagi hittuMoothari mavu, panjapullu
Ragi no lot
Jowar ka attaJwari che peethCholam maavuJonnalu pindiJolada hittuCholam mavu Juwar no lot
 Pearl millet flourBajra ka
Bajri che peethKambu maavuSajjalu pindi

Sajje hittuKamboo mavuBajri no lot 

Recipes made with these Flours

Here I have listed below the recipes made from these flours:

  1. Atta or whole wheat flour used for making roti, chapati, paratha, poori and phulka.
  2. Maida all purpose flour or plain flour used for making naan, bhatura, luchi, kulcha, muffins, cakes. Atta is more healthier than maida.
  3. Besan – gram flour used in making pakoras/fritters, besan ladoos, khandvi, dhokla, methi muthia, missi roti, besan halwa). Gluten free.
  4. Chawal ka atta – rice flour used in making kozhakatai, pooris and rice bhakri/rotis). gluten free.
  5. Makai ka atta (makki ka atta)– maize flour is made from dried corn and is yellow in color and corn flour is made from starch of corn kernels and is white in color. Makki ki roti is very famous in Punjab.
  6. Sooji – cream of wheat (both coarse and fine). Used in making sooji halwa, rava dosa, rava kesari, rava upma.
  7. Ragi or nachni flour – finger millet flour (used in making ragi dosa, roti, upma). gluten free.
  8. Bajra – pearl millet flour (used in making bajra roti or bajra bhakri, thepla). gluten free.
  9. Jowar flour – white millet flour or sorghum flour (used in making bhakris, thepla, thalipeeth). gluten free.
  10. Sattu ka atta – made from mixture of roasted and grounded pulses and cereals or even just roasted gram powder will do. You can make sattu drink, paratha, laddu, chilla.
  11. Soya flour – made from whole soybeans which is roasted and then grounded. It is usually mixed with whole wheat flours to make rotis, parathas or pancakes. gluten free.
Indian fasting flours

Fasting flours for vrat ka khana

  • Singhare ka atta (water chestnut flour) – you can make singhare ki poori, paratha, pakoras, halwa. gluten free.
  • Kuttu ka atta (buckwheat flour) – you can make paratha, pakoras, poori, halwa. gluten free.
  • Rajgira ka atta (amaranth flour) and rajgira (amaranth) – you can make pooris, vrat ka halwa, paratha, kadhi and thalipeeth. Roasted rajgira can be had mixed with fruits, porridge and even ladoos. gluten free.
  • Sama ke chawal ka atta (barnyard millet flour) – can be used to make vrat ke uttapam, idli, dosa, pooris. gluten free.
  • Arrowroot flour or paniphal flour – used as a thickener and binding agent. gluten free.
  • Sabudana flour or tapioca flour – flour made from tapioca pearls. Can be used to make sabudana dosa and idli.

Note: to know more about fasting food check this Navratri Vrat Rules post.

Related Culinary Posts:

  1. Fruits Names
  2. Spices Names
  3. Pulses Names
  4. Cereals Names
  5. Vegetable Names

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  1. Rice flour, maize flour and corn starch should also be listed as gluten free I believe.

    I’ve been learning a lot from your website, thanks a lot 🙂

    1. Thanks. Yes, I need to rework on all these tables and make them structured.

  2. I would like to try the gluten free chapatti from mixture of flours, any suggestion like I wasn’t try mixing almond flour, sabudana and quinoa flour. But I’m wondering it may turn out hard so would you suggest how I can be make them soft.

    1. when using gluten free flours, there are two ways you can make the rotis soft.
      1. first is to mix hot water in the flour. mix and keep aside. let the mixture become warm and then knead the dough. just add enough water that will bind the dough. later if required you can add some more warm water while kneading. when the dough cools completely, then make rotis with it.
      2. other method is to add some starch like boiled & mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes in the rotis and then knead. you may not require to add any water as the moisture from the mashed potatoes can be enough to bind the dough.

      i have shared both these method in various gluten free roti recipes. you can check them below:

      1. jowar roti:
      2. bajra roti:
      3. buckwheat flour poori: (can also make rotis with this method)
      4. buckwheat flour paratha:
      5. rajgira paratha:
      6. water chestnut flour poori: (can also make roti)