Let’s brush up your Food Vocabulary!

As the world becomes a Global Melting Pot of food, flavours, textures and tastes, it is important to expand your food vocabulary to understand not only the dishes that you want to try, but also make an attempt to pronounce them right.

Here are a few dishes that you may have come across but you might know how to pronounce their names. So, let’s look at these dishes and their correct pronunciations:

1. Ricotta

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The correct way to pronounce it is ree-KOT-tah.

It is a popular Italian white cheese made from unripened whey. It has a soft texture and a slightly sweet flavour.

2. Spanakopita

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The correct way to pronounce it is span-uh-KOH-pee-tah.

It is a type of Greek Pie made of a flaky phyllo dough, spinach, feta cheese, onions, eggs, and seasonings. It can be served as a simple casserole or as Triangles, Rolls or cigars.

3. Tortillas

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The correct way to pronounce it is tohr-TEE-yahs.

It is a flat unleavened bread staple in Mexico. It is generally used to prepare soft tacos or burritos.

4. Vermicelli

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The correct way to pronounce it is ver-mi-CHE-lee.

It is an Italian food which is a lot like spaghetti but a bit thicker in its diameter. This dish is generally prepared with fresh vegetables like red peppers, green peppers and carrots.

5. Bruschetta

The correct way to pronounce it is broo-SKET-ah.

It is one of the most famous appetizers in Italian Cuisine. It is easy to prepare and mainly consists of garlic bread topped with basil, cheese and vegetables such as tomatoes and onions.

6. Crudites


The correct way to pronounce it is Kroo-dee-TAY.

It is a type of appetizer of sliced or whole raw, seasonal vegetables and is typically served along with vinaigrette or other dipping sauce. These include celery sticks, carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, bell pepper strips, broccoli, cauliflower, fennel, and asparagus Spears.

7. Escargot


The correct way to pronounce it is es-car-GOH

It is a French delicacy consisting of cooked edible labd snail and is often served as an hors d’oeuvres.

8. Nougat

The correct way to pronounce it is NOO-get.

It is a confection of nuts or fruit pieces in a sugar paste. It is generally made of almonds, walnuts or hazelnuts.

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Reetu Udasi

A girl who loves swimming reading and yeah writing!. Apart from being a writer I'm fitness enthusiast because I believe the greatest gift you can give to your family and the yourself is healthy you. So the only mantra of happiness is healthiness!

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