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Nigerian food is essential to Nigerian culture. It defines the Nigerian people. Nigerian cuisine consists of dishes or food items from the hundreds of ethnic groups that comprise the West African nation of Nigeria. Like other West African cuisines, it uses spices and herbs in conjunction with palm oil or groundnut oil to create deeply flavoured sauces and soups often made with chili peppers. Nigerian feasts are colourful and lavish, while aromatic.  Market and roadside snacks cooked on barbecues or fried in oil are plentiful and varied. There are rice, beans, yam, cassava, plantain, soups & stews based delicacies Due to the multiplicity of tribes and ethnic culture there are various tasty rich food delicacies, from many different ways of preparing one staple food.