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LESSON #68: Spices in Swahili (viungo)


So I came across different spices’ names on this amazing site for Swahili dishes and since am usually rubbish at food names and stuff I thought I’d share. This is especially for food lovers like myself who like their spices but wouldn’t know what to ask for if they wanted to purchase any in TZ. Note that in Dar, the place to go is definitely Kariakoo market, I’ll do a post on it at some point, this place is a haven of spices, as well as all kinds of foods in general.


Thanks to taste of tanzania (  for your post and I’ll shamelessly be copying and pasting it here as I found it! (If you are into TZ dishes, this website is a gem, I’d suggest you bookmark it)

  • Black pepper – pilipili manga

  • Cardamom – iliki

  • Caraway – kisibiti

  • Cilantro – dania (majani ya giligilani)

  • Cinnamon – mdalasini

  • Cloves – karafuu

  • Coriander seeds – giligilani /Kitimiri

  • Cumin – binzari ya pilau

  • Curry – binzari

  • Ginger – tangawizi

  • Lemon grass -mchaichai

  • Nutmeg – kungumanga

  • Saffron – zafarani

  • Sweet peppers – pilipili hoho

  • Turmeric – binzari manjano





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