Indonesia Inquiry

Witty Word – Different Words for Rice

July 2, 2011 Language Learning Travel & Living Abroad 0


Indonesians have multiple words for “rice.”  Unlike American English, Bahasa Indonesia has separate words that encompass adjectives for the different stages of rice.  Examples follow below.


PADI –> rice on the stalk/stem in the field

GABAH –> unhusked rice grains

BERAS –> uncooked rice that is bought at markets

NASI –> cooked rice