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If you have lived in Kenya or visited the country, Mbuzi Choma (barbecued Goat meat) or Nyama Choma is something you must have had at least once. The meat is cooked over an open flame and traditionally served with ugali, kachumbari (a tomato and onion salad) and some salt. You just lightly dip the meat into the salt and enjoy the simple flavours.
Some may call it puff puff, mandazi ya kumimina, kaimati without the sugar syrup or even mandazi ya maji. Whatever you want to call it, these little puffed balls of deliciousness are an amazing snack for any time of the day with a nice hot cup of tea.
We Kenyan’s love our fish and why should we not? We get fresh Tilapia fish from Lake Victoria in the Nyanza province. This Fried fish with tomato gravy is served with a Kenyan staple, Ugali. The fish is deep fried until crispy and coated with a thick tomato gravy.
Have you ever heard of Mkate wa Sembe (Swahili words directly translating to bread of maize meal). This bread/cake is a delicious accompaniment for tea time. It is also known as Mkate wa Mayai or a Swahili Sponge Cake.
Craving a curry and craving some fish? This Fish Curry recipe is sure to get everyone to the dinner table early! Serve it with your favourite steamed Basmati Rice and enjoy a super tantalising meal.
Mashed potatoes are a common side dish with grilled chicken or a fish. Why not change it up a little and make this Spicy Mashed Plantains. So delicious!
“Koroga” is a Swahili word that means “stir” and is very popular amongst Kenyans during the weekends. It is often done under “Banda’s” which mean “huts” and one is provided with a jiko (clay stove), large sufurias (pots), vegetables or meats and a range of spices along with any extra condiments. My chicken koroga is a home made version of the same that is cooked with a range of aromatic spices and good cuts of chicken. You can also add some yoghurt or cream to the gravy to make it richer. Serve the chicken koroga with hot chapatis or jeera rice.
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.
My version of these Kenyan style masala chips takes the ordinary chips to a whole new level. They are saucy and spicy, yet crispy. The masala coats the chips perfectly and its the best dish to create for those quick lunches. Serve with your Sunday barbecue roast or have it on its own with a cold soda.