Kahawa Chungu – Authentic Kenyan Bitter Coffee

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Each time I think of Kahawa chungu or best known as Bitter coffee, the first thing that runs into my mind is the story of a Thousand and one Nights!

It all started a few months ago, after I finished reading “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe. This was the 3rd time I was reading this book, and each time the story becomes more and more interesting! It is like (more…)

Chicken Tikka Masala

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Chicken Tikka Masala is boneless chucks of chicken marinated in spices and youghurt then cooked in spicey sauce. In the Kenyan cuisine, this dish defers slightly depending on which part of the country one is. In Nairobi and other parts of upcountry regions, cream is basically used to season the sauce while in the coastal regions, coconut cream is used with various spices.

Below is a simple recipe on how to enjoy Chicken Tikka Masala at home!

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Enjoy….

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Kenyan Tomato Avocado Salad

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Ingredients

2-3 large fresh garden tomatoes, washed and slices

A handful of cherry tomatoes

2 medium avocados, peeled and cut into bite size chucks

1 red onion, thinly sliced (Optional)

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Juice of 1 lemon

Fresh basil, parsley or coriander for garnishing

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

In a salad bowl add slices tomatoes, avocados and red onion (if any)

In a separate bowl mix olive oil with lemon juice (more…)

Kenyan Creamy Coleslaw Salad

Coleslaw Salad-2Being one of my favorite Salads, Coleslaw is also one of all-time salads in the Kenyan Cuisine. 

It can be served as a starter or as a side dish to a BBQ chicken, roasted Goat or Deep fried Fish.

Below is a simple recipe for a creamy Coleslaw to enjoy at home.

Ingredients

1 head of cabbage, finely chopped
2-3 carrots, washed, peeled and finely shredded
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 small celery stick or 1 apple, finely shredded
8 tablespoons mayonnaise
4-6 tablespoons granulated sugar (Depending on how sweet you would (more…)

Biriani – Biryani

Biryani (4)Biryani just like Pilau is a rice-based dish known for its unique aroma and flavor. It is basically cooked with spiced chicken, mutton, beef, fish, eggs or vegetable. This exotic dish is among the specialties along the Kenyan Coast.

Below is a chicken Biryani recipe, enjoy!

Ingredients for Chicken Biryani Sauce

8-10 skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into large pieces
5 potatoes, peeled, washed and quartered
2 hard boiled eggs
½ cup of vegetable oil
Juice of 1 lime
180 ml natural yogurt
2 tablespoons grated raw papaya (optional)
4 medium onions, diced
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Chai ya Tangawizi – Authentic Kenyan Ginger Tea

Chai ya Tangawizi - Kenyan ginger TeaChai as they call in Kiswahili to refer Tea is one of Kenyans widely drunken beverage. There are a lot of different ways of doing it. Below is an authentic recipe I learned from my mother to enjoy chai at home!

Karibu Chai

Ingredients

4 cups of fresh milk
2 cups of water
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons of loose pure Kenyan black tea (or any other loose black tea)
2 inches of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
1 cinnamon stick
6 cardamom pods
6 whole cloves

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Sambusa – Samosa

Samosa Samosa is a triangular-shape savory pastry fried in oil, containing spiced vegetables, ground beef/lamb, ground chicken or fish. In the Kenyan Cuisine, samosas are considered as exotic snacks of all times. Below is a simple recipe for ground beef samosas which are my favorites! 

Enjoy!

Beef Samosa filling

Ingredients 
1 kg ground beef
¼kg fresh or frozen green peas
2 red onions, finely chopped
5 cloves of garlic, grated
1-inch fresh ginger, grated
1 fresh green chilli, finely chopped (Optional)
½ teaspoon of turmeric
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
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Supu ya Malenge – Kenyan Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin SoupIn the Kenyan cuisine, Pumpkin is used in various ways; e.g to make soups, as a side dish or as a substitute for potatoes while its soft and tender leaves are used to make the famous mukimo – a Kenyan delicacy. Here is a simple and quick recipe for a tasty silky textured Pumpkin soup! Enjoy :-)  

 

 Ingredients 

  • 5 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Fresh ginger, minced
  • 1Kg Pumpkin, washed, peeled, deseeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1 fresh carrot, washed, peeled and coarsely (more…)

Mahamri – Coconut & cardamom doughnuts

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailMahamri is a type of doughnut whose special ingredients include Coconut milk and cardamom. This authentic type of snack originated from the Swahili coastal regions of Kenya and Tanzania and is still very popular in both regions. Normally, it is accompanied by pigeon peas cooked in Coconut milk or a cup of typical Kenyan Chai..

Due to its special exotic taste, Mahamri is considered as one of Kenyan’s Delicacies. 

For a perfect Sunday Brunch or that (more…)

Mkate wa Maji – Kenyan Pancakes or Crepes

PancakesIngredients

  • 3 cups of wheat flour
  • 2 cups of hot water
  • 1 cup of fresh milk
  • 2-3 eggs
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Ghee or vegetable oil for cooking

In a clean mixing bowl, mix together flour, sugar and cardamom.Add water one cup at a time and using a big whisk mix very well. Then add milk and eggs and mix thoroughly till the batter is smooth and without any lumps

On a medium heat, heat up a clean non-sticking pancake pan and add very little ghee or vegetable oil (make sure to spread the (more…)