Fresh turmeric Tea

Turmeric tea

Turmeric tea – Chai ya binzari manjano. You must use fresh turmeric root.
Turmeric tea is not part of Swahili cuisine, but is known among the Indian immigrants in East Africa. East African Swahili speakers preffer to use turmeric in rice, vegetable and meat stews only.

2 tbsp fresh turmeric paste
1 tbsp fresh ginger paste
5 cups water
4 tsp honey

Mix water, turmeric and ginger in a pan and boil. Once it reach boiling point, lower heat to low, cover and boil for 5 -12 min. Serve four cups. use one teaspoon of honey for each cup.
There is no rule of how much turmeric you need per cup. You can add more as you please. And remember, turmeric is good for your skin.

Spices Translation Swahili to English

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 — majani bay
  • Celery seed — mbegu za figili
  • Chili (fresh) — pilipili
  • Curry leaves — majani ya binzari
  • Chives — kitunguu jani
  • Dill —
  • Kaffir leaves — majani limao
  • Lemongrass — mchaichai
  • Mint — Nanaa
  • 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