The northern African influences also came via traders, travelers, invaders, migrants and immigrants and the diversity of dishes you will find in the flexible cuisine of Niger is quite overwhelming. Spices like saffron, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves were introduced by the Arabs and they are often part of the dishes served in modern Niger. The western part of Niger is influenced by the culinary habits of the Central African countries while the south receives a lot of similar dishes to the Nigerian cuisine. The south western capital city of Niamey receives the influences of several different African cuisines and is one of the spots where you can expect to find most of the national dishes together under one roof. Most of the Nigerian cuisine is hot and spicy, but there is a great deal of flexibility involved and many meals allow you to make the dish as hot as you prefer. Niger is still dominated by a rural cuisine where recipes are passed down from mother to daughter. Very few recipes are documented in writing and this is one of the reasons why Niger’s cuisine is less famous on an international level.