Dukan Diet Dictionary of Words, Phrases and Cooking Terms

I’m providing the information in this post because of a great suggestion from W Dennis Wilson who found translating some of the words and phrases used in the Dukan Diet via Google quite frustrating and time consuming.

I’ll start with all of those suggested by Dennis plus a few more that I’ve been able to think of but if you find a word, phrase or cooking term that is missing just let me know using the comments below and I’ll add it to the list.

As with any dictionary the entries are in alphabetical order.

Aubergines = Egg plant

Beetroot = Beet or Beets

Bresaola = Type of Air Dried Beef

Broad Bean = Fava Bean

Bouillon cube = Stock cube

Biscuit = Cookie

Chicory = Endive

Coley is a type of white fish although its flesh is actually a bit grey and it can be used as a cheaper alternative to cod or haddock but it has less taste.

Coriander = Cilantro

Cornflour = Corn starch

Courgette = Zucchini

Court-bouillon = a quickly made stock or bouillon that is usually used to cook fish or seafood.

French beans = Green beans

Fromage Frais is a fresh, low-fat curd cheese made from pasteurised cow’s milk

Galette = Pancake or omelet/omelette

Green (0r Red) Pepper = Bell Pepper

Gherkin = Pickle

Grill = Broil

Jelly = Jello

Mince = Chopped Beef or Ground Beef

Porridge = Oatmeal

Prawn = Shrimp

Quark is a German version of Fromage Frais

Runner beans =  String Beans

Spring onions = Salad Onions, Green Onions or Scallions

Sorbet = Sherbet

Sorrel  is a plant that can be used as both a herb and a  vegetable but it is quite difficult to buy as it doesn’t travel well.  You can add the young leaves raw to salad or use as a herb.  When older you can use the leaves a a green.

Swede = Turnip or Rutabaga

Tomato Puree = Tomato Paste.

Tomato sauce = Ketchup

Yoghurt = Yogurt


11 Responses to “Dukan Diet Dictionary of Words, Phrases and Cooking Terms”

  • Mary S on March 30, 2014

    A note re:tomato puree–I get busy looking at labels to see if I could use some of the recipes I have using tomato puree w/o buying a big can and wasting a lot. . The labels I read listed tomato paste and water; the nutrition info came out to about half of the calories/nutrients in the same volume of tomato paste. I was able to figure out that the tomato puree I looked at was half tomato paste and half water, so in the US they are not the same. I have successfully frozen cubes of tomato paste to bag up and use instantly.

  • Raluca on January 3, 2014

    Hi, Amber!
    I am really curious about something: is instant chicory/endive allowed? i mean the thing that some people are using instead of coffee or cocoa, not the plant for salads.?
    thanks a lot,

    • Amber on January 3, 2014

      Hi Raluca

      A 6 oz cup of chicory coffee contains 5 calories, which is slightly higher than a cup of regular coffee, which has 2 calories so I wouldn’t worry about substituting this for coffee.

      Kind regards


  • Roberta on December 25, 2013

    What does ‘stone’ means? I read people saying that they lost 2 stones or 3 stones etc. What is a stone?

    Thank you!


    • Amber on December 27, 2013

      Hi Roberta

      A stone is 14 pounds.

      Best wishes


  • Nancy on November 19, 2013

    Fava beans are considered proteins
    Are they allowed ? I had one in breakfast during the attack phase and i was fine and I started the cruise phase 4 days ago and I’m a kilo over day 1
    I know that pv days should be more than pp days but I’m over in both…

    It’s 1 kilo difference

    • Amber on November 19, 2013

      Hi Nancy

      I’m sorry but Fava beans (Broad beans in the UK) aren’t allowed on the Dukan Diet. Although they do contain some protein they have far higher levels of carbohydrates. Eating the beans might be the reason for your weight gain. Have you been eating any other foods that are not allowed?

      Best wishes


      • Nancy on November 20, 2013

        I ate beans during the attack phase… Just once and I lost the desired weight I’m currently in the cruise weight ( which I gained the 1 kilo

        And no I’m too strict in this phase… Today should be my 5th day and the scale is not moving

        • Amber on November 20, 2013

          Hi Nancy

          Could you be suffering from either water retention or constipation? Water retention around the time of your monthly period is a very common problem another common cause is excess salt in your food.

          Best wishes


  • miss.amaryllis on June 13, 2011

    Hi Amber – and W Dennis Wilson

    I really enjoyed this list!

    However… just to be pedantic…. porridge is translated as “oatmeal”? Porridge itself is the finished dish, and although there are all sorts of porridges made from different cereals all over Europe, by “porridge” we Brits usually mean the breakfast dish made from rolled oats, but porridge can be made from pinhead oatmeal too, especially in Scotland.

    The true Scot scorns the milk/cream and sugar we feeble Sassanachs spoon onto our porridge, and seasons his only with salt. (When in Scotland I was once told that only a sissy sits down to eat his porridge; choosing instead to stride about in the manner of a stern Man of Action.)

    What am I saying! Milk, cream and sugar? No, no, Dukan oat bran for me these days!

    • Amber on June 13, 2011

      Hi! Glad you liked the list. It was a good idea of W Dennis Wilson. Oatmeal is the US English word for the UK English word porridge. Oatmeal can be made from instant oats, rolled oats, steelcut oats or quick cook oats or Dukan oat bran. Pinhead oats (UK) are the same as steelcut oats (US).


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