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Swahili Names for Common Cereals & Legumes

It’s common in some places to assume cereals include legumes, or rather what are technically referred to as pulses. The two are actually distinct from each other.

Cereals consist of plants in the grass family that are cultivated for their starchy grains. They include the likes of Wheat, Maize, Rice, Millet, Sorghum etc. Legumes on the other hand consist of seeds from leguminous plants such as beans, lentils, and peas.

Below is a list of English to Swahili translations for common cereals and legumes which should come in handy should you find yourself in a local market in East Africa or if you’re travelling abroad.

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Cereals

CerealSwahili Name
Maize / CornMahindi
BarleyShayiri
Bullrush MilletWimbi
MilletMtama
OatsOti / Shayiri
RiceMchele (husked) / Mpunga (unhusked) / Wali (cooked)
RyeNgano Nyekundu
SorghumMtama
WheatNgano
Swahili names for common cereals
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Legumes

LegumeSwahili Name
BeansMaharage
ChickpeasMbaazi
Green Grams (Mung Beans)Pojo / Choroko (“Ndengu”)
LentilsDengu
PeasMbaazi
Pigeon PeasMbaazi
Swahili names for common legumes

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