Authentic East African Swahili Cuisine

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Table of Content

  • Dedication
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Ingredients
  • Appetizers and snacks
    • Meat and vegetable samosa, Kacholi, bhajia, and a lot more
  • Soups
    • Makongoro soup and more
  • Salads and Kachumbari
    • The famous East African Kachumbari, and more
  • Vegetables
    • Okra stew, Cassava leaves and more
  • Legumes
    • Swahili beans (Maharage ya nazi), Green mung beans (choroko), and more
  • Seafood
    • Prawn in coconut sauce, and more
  • Meat
    • Goat curry, Chicken makange, and more
  • Bananas, starchy roots
    • Pumpkin with coconut milk, Potato omelet (chips mayai), and more
  • Grains
    • Chapati, Holiday pilau, Mseto rice Vitumbua, maandazi, and more
  • Sauces
    • Coconut sauce and more
  • Drinks
    • Chai, lemon grass tea, and more
  • Condiments and masala
    • Mango pickle (achali ya embe) coconut chutney, and more
  • Desserts and Sweets
    • Visheti, Kalimati, and more
  • Acknowledgment
  • Index

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