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Grocery Shopping in Arabic Part Two Posted by on Dec 30, 2020 in Arabic Language

In this post, we’ll continue learning more food vocabulary such as تَوابِل/ بَهارات spices, أعشاب herbs and more فَواكِه fruits and خُضار vegetables. We’ll also be looking at a conversation between Dana and her son Bilal at the supermarket. Dana is planning a dinner for some relatives and would like to make مَحْشي الكوسا والباذِنجان stuffed zucchini and eggplant, a traditional Arabic dish. Along with سَلَطة التَبولة tabbouleh salad. She’s going to the supermarket with her son Bilal to pick up all the ingredients. Bilal helps his mom buy everything on her shopping list. I’ve also added videos showing in Arabic how to make مَحْشي الكوسا والباذِنجان and سَلَطة التَبولة. 😊

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Before the conversation, let’s learn some new vocabulary

تَوابِل/ بَهارات: مَلْح، فِلْفِل أسْوَد، زَنْجَبيل، الكَمون، الفِلْفِل الحِلو، الفِلْفِل الحَار، القِرْفة

Spices: salt, pepper, ginger, cumin, paprika, chili, cinnamon

أعشاب: البَقْدونِس، المَرَيمية، إكليل الجَبل، الزَعْتَر، النَعْنَاع، أوريجانو، الريحان

Herbs: parsley, rosemary, thyme, mint, oregano, basil

الخُضار: خَس، قَرْنَبيط، باذِنْجان، بامية، بازلاء، كوسا، فِلْفِل

Vegetables (list two): lettuce, cauliflower, eggplant, okra, peas, zucchini, pepper

الفَواكِه: عِنَب، كَرَز، تين، اناناس، مانجو، إجاص

Fruit (list two): grapes, cherry, figs, pineapple, mango, pear


عند البَقال

.دانة: هَيا يا بِلال لِنَذْهَب إلى البَقال

بِلال: هَل لَدَيكِ القائِمة يا أمي؟

.دانة :نَعم، أولاً التَوابِل. ابْحَث عَن الكَمون، والفِلْفِل الأسوَد والمِلح مِن فَضْلَك

 بِلال: تَفَضَلي يا أمي، أساعِدُكِ في الخُضار أيضاً؟

دانة: نَعم، أعطِني كيس مِن الكوسا والباذِنجان الصَّغير واللَيمون والخِيار والبَندورة وأخيراً باقة بَقدونِس وباقة نَعْناع

بلال: هَل نَحتاج أي نَوع مِن الفَواكِه؟

.دانة: لِلتحلية بَعد العَشاء، كُنْتُ أفَكِر أن نَأكل التين والعِنَب

.بِلال: أنا أوافِق، مَنْظَر التين يُشَهي

.دانة: أعتَقِد خَلَصنا. عندنا في البَيت الأرُز واللَحم المَفروم. هيا نَذْهَب إلى البَيْت ونَبْدأ في الطَبِخ


ما أنواع التَوابل التي تَحتاجُها دانة؟

هل إشترت أي نَوع مِن الأعشاب؟

.أعطني شَيئين لَم تَكُن بِحاجة إلى شِرائِهِما


At the Grocery Store

Dana: Come on Bilal, let’s go to the grocery store.

Bilal: Mom, do you have the list?

Dana: Yes, first the spices. Look for cumin, black pepper and salt please.

Bilal: Here you are mom, should I help you with the vegetables as well?

Dana: Yes, get me a bag of zucchini, small eggplants, lemons, cucumbers, tomatoes, and finally a bunch of parsley and a bunch of mint.

Bilal: Do we need any fruit?

Dana: For dessert, I was thinking of having figs and grapes.

Bilal: I agree, the figs look delicious.

Dana: I think we’re done. We have rice and ground beef at home. Let’s go home and start cooking.

✨Here are two videos showing in Arabic how to make مَحْشي الكوسا والباذِنجان and سَلَطة التَبولة.

طريقة عمل محشي كوسا وباذنجان

طريقة عمل سلطة التبولة

I hope these two posts helped increase your food vocabulary in Arabic.

Till next week, happy Arabic learning! 😊

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About the Author: yasmine

MarHaba! I am half Jordanian of Circassian descent and half American. I have a Master's in Second Language Teaching and I teach Arabic as a foreign language here in the US, both MSA and Levantine Arabic. I hope to help you become more familiar and interested in the Arabic language and culture.


  1. Andrew:

    royatvkitchen on instagram is good to follow. They post pictures of lots of different meals and it is fun to translate, to practise reading and learn words for different food!

    • yasmine:

      @Andrew Shukran Andrew! 🙂

  2. Mohammed:

    Wishing you a very Happy Gregorian New Year 2021.
    My profuse thanks to you, for your help and guidance, with my passion to improve and master the ‘Arabic’ language. With Kind Regards.