Promises, I keep them. I really do.
Perhaps I don’t deliver on them as soon as one might like, but I don’t forget about them. I really don’t.
A few weeks ago I gave you a choice between 2 blog post topics and the majority of you voted for “Members of the family”. But to those who voted for “Vegetables”, I made a promise that I will do that one next and that their vote didn’t go waste.
Well folks, answer the doorbell, say hello to the guy holding a package, and sign your name right here because that promise has just been delivered to you!
But before we get into that, let’s do my usual “ramblings of a mad man”, shall we?
“Hahahahaha, It’s funny because he’s fat” – Mr. Chow, from the movie ‘The Hangover’ (2009)
I couldn’t think of a better time to write about vegetables in Sinhala since, ahem, I honestly think I should be eating only veggies these days…
Yes folks, I have gained some weight. And as much as my massive ego tells me “Don’t worry Hot Stuff, you’ve still got the goods”, I’ve started to think that maybe I should nip it in the bud already. Noticing a new chin each morning is never a good sign.
It’s most probably due to all the AMAZING Sri Lankan food that I’ve been stuffing my face with since I arrived here 2 months ago. Or maybe it’s the recent holiday I had in Dubai where, as we speak, the hotel management might be rethinking their buffet policy after they saw the devastation I single-handedly did.
Either way, the reasons didn’t matter. I just knew that something had to be done about “Lazy But Fat Dilshan”. So I’ve made some changes recently…
I’ve started doing 60 minutes of cardio each day. I’ve also been starting my morning off with a protein shake and a liter of ice-cold water (I’ve learned from multiple sources that this kick-starts the metabolism). In terms of diet though, well, not many changes there I’m afraid. Can’t seem to (still) shake off my fascination with Sri Lankan food, although I have tried to reduce my intake of rice and other carbs. For those of you who know Sri Lankan cuisine, that makes up like 90% of it!
Listen, I know that you don’t give a rat’s backside about my recent fatty-boom-boom issues. You’re here just to learn Sinhala, I get it. However, I thought that you’d be amused to know that your favorite Sinhala blogger had to first undo the top button of his jeans when he sat down to write this post. True story.
But enough about Fatty McFatson. Let’s get to the veggies.
Vegetables in Sinhala – My Approach
Unlike the categorizing system I used in my Fruits in Sinhala post (i.e. “Common” vs. “Exotic”) this time I’ve categorized them according to the family of vegetables they fall into. I’m no botanist obviously; I learned this from Wikipedia:
- “Rooty” and Tuberous Vegetables
- “Fruity” Vegetables
- “Leafy” Vegetables
- Bulb & Stem Vegetables
- Legumes & Grains
- Types of Gourds
- Types of Chilies
- Other Vegetables (fungi, flowers, nuts)
Below, you’ll notice some familiar vegetables and perhaps some completely unknown ones too. But before I forget…
Alright, let’s get into the vegetables in Sinhala and we’ll chat as we usually do at the end of this post. Enjoy folks!
How to say VEGETABLE in Sinhala
1. “Rooty” and Tuberous Vegetables in Sinhala
|Beetroot||beet root (similar to the English word)|
|Carrot||kæ∙rȧt (similar to the English word)|
|Manioc / Tapioca||man∙yok∙ka|
|Potato / Yam||a∙lȧ|
2. “Fruity” Vegetables in Sinhala
|Ash Plantain||a∙lu ké∙hél|
3. “Leafy” Vegetables in Sinhala
|Agati Leaves||ka∙thu∙ru mu∙run∙ga|
|Gotu Kola||go∙tu ko∙lȧ|
|Kangkung / Water Spinach||kang∙kung (similar to the English word)|
|Lettuce Leaves||sa∙laa∙dhȧ ko∙lȧ|
|Lime Leaves||dhé∙hi ko∙lȧ|
|Mint Leaves||min∙chi ko∙lȧ|
4. Bulb and Stem Vegetables in Sinhala
|Knol Kohl||nō kol|
|Leeks||leeks (similar to the English word)|
5. Legumes and Grains in Sinhala
|Fenugreek Seed||u∙lu haal|
|Green Gram / Mung Beans||mung æ∙tȧ|
|Green Peas||ra∙tȧ mǣ|
|Lentils / Dhal||pa∙rip∙pu|
|Okra / Lady’s Fingers||ban∙dak∙ka|
|Soybean / Soya Bean||sō∙ya bōn∙chi|
6. Types of Gourds in Sinhala
|Bottle Gourd||dhi∙yȧ la∙bu|
|Brinjal / Eggplant / Aubergine||vam∙ba∙tu|
|Ridge Gourd / Luffa||væ∙tȧ∙ko∙lu|
|Thai Eggplant||tha∙lȧ∙nȧ ba∙tu|
7. Types of Chilies in Sinhala
|Green Chilies||a∙mu mi∙ris|
|Red Chilies||ra∙thu mi∙ris|
8. Other Vegetables in Sinhala (fungi, flowers, nuts)
|Plantain Flower (Banana Blossom)||ké∙hél mu∙wȧ|
So, what did you think? I’m guessing you’ve got loads of questions. I know I do… like why the hell does the Sinhala word for “Capsicum” translate to “Fish Chili?” (Answer – I honestly don’t know). So leave them below (and remember to also click on “notify”). I will be happy to answer them (which in reality means that I’ll be asking “Awesome Father” and replying to you as if it was my answer).