Kenya is a country in East Africa. It is known for its wildlife safaris, beautiful landscapes, and of course, delicious food.
The foods in Kenya are diverse and are a mix of ethnicity and tradition. I plan to visit Kenya soon, and these are the dishes I want to try or have already tried. I have many Kenyan friends, and because of them, I was able to try some of the dishes I mention below. The others are ones that I’m looking forward to trying.
Ugali is a Kenyan staple. It’s a dish made of maize flour; it’s sometimes made of millet or sorghum flour. It’s made by adding the maize flour to boiling water until you get a dough-like consistency. It’s a bodybuilding food and good source of iron. I ate ugali many times as an accompaniment to beef stew and bean stew. I enjoyed it very much. Since then, I have learned to make it myself, and now I cook it often.
2) Sukuma Wiki
Sukuma wiki is a dish made of collard greens, and sometimes people confuse it with kale. Ugali can be eaten with sukuma wiki. It’s a dish in which collard greens are cut into thin slices and sautéed along with onions and tomatoes. It’s a simple dish but full of flavor. Sukuma wiki, when translated into Swahili, means “week-pusher.” It is called this because it’s an affordable meal.
Mutura is sausage that is made up of fresh blood and meat. Certain spices and ingredients, like ginger, scallions, garlic, and red or green chillies, are added to it. The cooked meat and blood mixture is then stuffed into a already cleaned large or small intestine of a cow or goat, and then it’s grilled. It is usually eaten as an appetizer, and some people enjoy it with beer.
Pilau is one a popular Kenyan dish as well. It is served at almost all social gatherings. It is rice cooked in a flavored broth with meat, chicken, or vegetables. I love this food because of the various spices used, and it’s incredibly flavorful.
4) Kuku Paka
This is a mouth-watering dish made up of chicken in a coconut curry. The chicken is grilled before being added to the coconut-based curry. This gives it its smoky flavor. Here, “kuku” means “chicken” in Swahili.
Mukimo is a tasty staple food cooked by mashing green peas, potatoes, maize, and pumpkin leaves or spinach leaves all together. Sometimes beans can be used as a substitute for green peas.
Kenyans surely love their Nyama Choma. Nyama Choma is a grilled meat and it is barbecued over an open fire and usually eaten with Kachumbari. Utterly delicious!