What do you call tomato in your mother language?I was a small child. I went to our maternal grandparents' house (although I have never seen my maternal grandfather, as he had left the world much before I was born). My maternal grandmother was giving direction to the cook about the menu of the lunch. I still remember that she was asking the cook to prepare 'sweet chatni' of 'bilaiti begoon' (foreign brinjal). I was astonished to find that my grandmother was indicating tomato as 'bilaiti begoon'. I asked my mother why my grandmother was mentioning this vegetable as 'bilaiti begoon'.
My mother explained that tomato is not an Indian vegetable. Tomato seeds were first brought to India by the Potuguese explorers. So, there is no Bengali term for tomato. The elderly people called it 'bilaiti begoon'.
Now even in the rural areas of Bengal, nobody calls tomato 'bilaiti begoon'. Now Bengalis have totally accepted tomato. But I am inquisitive to know what tomato is called in other Indian languages.
Respected members! Kindly let me know what do you call tomato in your mother tongue?