New Delhi: Owing to the increasing popularity and demand of Indian food items at the global level, a number of Indian food names like "keema" and "papad" have been included in the Oxford English dictionary for the first time.
Words such as 'keema' (finely chopped meat), 'papad' (thin wafer) and cooking ingredients like 'curry leaf' is commonly used in the Indian kitchen.
The Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, in its ninth edition, which was released on Monday in Kolkata, has included over 240 words from the Indian English.
Over 60 per cent of the new Indian English words come from Hindi.
"English is a global language and carries influences from all over the world. Indian food is popular all over the world. We did these inclusions in the dictionary to reflect the global usage of words," Patrick White, head of ELT Dictionaries and Reference Grammar at Oxford University Press, said during the launch.
The ninth edition of the dictionary has over 900 new words.