English – Swahili Translation of Spices and herbs

I have left some of the spices without translation, this is because most of East Africans do not use them as much, and are not known in Swahili language. Example rosemary is know as rosemary in East Africa.

Spices

  • Anise —
  • Bell peppers — pilipili hoho
  • Black pepper —pilipili manga nyeusi
  • Cacao — Kakao
  • Caraway — kisibiti
  • Cardamom — iliki
  • Cashew nuts — korosho
  • Celery seed
  • Chili — pilipili
  • Cilantro — dhania
  • Cinnamon — mdalasini
  • Cloves — karafuu
  • Coconut milk — tui la nazi
  • Coriander — giligilani
  • Cumin — binzari ya pilau/ jira
  • Curry — binzari
  • Dill seed —
  • Fennel — shamari
  • Fenugreek — uwatu
  • Galangal
  • Garlic — vitunguu saumu
  • Ginger — tangawizi
  • Habanero — pilipili mbuzi
  • Juniper Berries —
  • Lemon — limao
  • Lime — ndimu
  • Nutmeg — kungumanga
  • Onions — vitunguu
  • Peanut — karanga
  • Peppercorn — Pilipili Manga
  • Poppy seed — mbegu za mpopi
  • Saffron — safarani
  • Sesame seeds — Ufuta
  • Shallot —
  • Star anise —
  • Sunflower seed — alizeti
  • Tamarind — ukwaju
  • Tomatoes — nyanya
  • Turmeric — binzari manjano
  • Vanilla — vanila / lavani

Herbs

  • Basil — mrihani / mrehani
  • Bay leaves —
  • Celery seed — mbegu za figili
  • Chili (fresh) — pilipili
  • Curry leaves — majani ya binzari
  • Chives — kitunguu jani
  • Dill —
  • Kaffir leaves —
  • Lemongrass — mchaichai
  • Oregano —
  • Parsley — kotimiri
  • Rosemary — rosemary
  • Sage — sage
  • Tarragon —
  • Thyme —

Other

  • Vinegar — siki
  • Citric acid — asidi sitriki
  • Cream of tartar — malai ya hamira-soda
  • Honey — asali
  • Salt — chumvi
  • Sugar — sukari
  • Yogurt — mtindi
  • Cream — malai
  • Yeast — hamira
  • Baking powder — hamira ya unga

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