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Samosa’s have got to be one of the most popular snacks in Kenya. You often find them filled with minced meat, but this version of vegetarian samosa’s filled with Ndengu or Pojo if that’s what you call green grams is so delicious, i’m sure most of you will choose to have it over the meat filled version. These samosas are little parcels of heaven.
Running late every morning and don’t have time for breakfast? Crunchy and healthy breakfast bars are our go to option for those rushed mornings. Crunchy cereal and nuts mixed in with a yummy peanut butter mix, and the best part of all, it doesn’t need to be baked either.
Looking for a great party snack or that movie night companion? These Salty cracker burger bites are the bomb!
Soft and fluffy potatoes coated in crushed Salty crackers and then deep fried to form that perfect crust. These potato croquettes are an amazing alternative to potato waffles and so quick to make for breakfast or as a snack.
There’s something special about Kenyan Mutton Kebabs and it has to do with the egg coating. These are a street food staple all across East Africa and a great snack for parties. I have used minced mutton for this recipe but feel free to use any other types of minced meat. I also used curry powder to keep the flavours simple but you can add any other herbs and spices that you may like.
Who doesn’t love a warm buttery garlic bread along with some pasta? Now, you can combine the two and have a beautiful snack called garlic bread pasta to enjoy alongside Sunday movie time with the family.
Home-made fish cakes are so much better than store-bought. For one, they contain less artificial ingredients and secondly, home made are just more healthier using fresh ingredients and whole grain options. These Tuna Fish & Brown Rice Cakes are bold and richly flavoured. They are not just your typical fish cakes.
Maru Bhajia’s are an extremely popular snack in East Africa, especially in Kenya. Bhajia’s can generally be made with a wide range of vegetables including onions, fenugreek leaves, aubergines etc and even with fish. My version includes the use of rice to make them super crispy. I serve the bhajia’s with a tomato chutney and it often also served with “khatu” which is a sweet and sour tamarind sauce. If you’d like to omit the rice, mix all the ingredients with the sliced potatoes without using any water and fry.
This style of roasted peanuts is an industry trick that my Mother shared with me. She owns a Food Industry where she produces all sorts of snacks and this is one of her best selling products. Roasting the peanuts in salt makes sure they are evenly roasted, don’t get burnt and get a nice salty layer. These salty roasted peanuts are the perfect companion with a cold glass of beer or whisky on the rocks.
Cutlets made with left over rice give you that perfect crunch on the outside and a soft interior. It’s the easiest healthy starter to make for those unexpected guests and doesn’t take any time at all. Throw in any other vegetables that you like, along with left over rice, mashed potatoes and spices and you’re in for a treat.