Biriani – Biryani

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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
4 fresh tomatoes, sliced or blended
1 Can tomato sauce
1 small can tomato paste
4 tablespoons of biryani mixed ground spices
1 tablespoon fresh ginger paste
1 tablespoon fresh garlic paste
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon turmeric powder
Salt to taste and fresh ground pepper
1 cup of chicken broth or hot water read more

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


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


Add spices into a mortar and using a pestle grind or mash them into a powder like read more

Sambusa – Samosa

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Kenyan Samosa Served
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!


Beef Samosa filling

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
1 bunch of fresh coriander, coarsely chopped
Juice of ½ a lemon (optional)
Salt and ground pepper to taste read more

Supu ya Malenge – Kenyan Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin soup

In 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 🙂


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 chopped read more

Mahamri – Coconut & cardamom doughnuts

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Mahamri 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 special occasion or just for your family and friends, try this simple Recipe!  read more

Mkate wa Maji – Kenyan Pancakes or Crepes

kenyan crepe - mkate wa maji


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 oil everywhere once its heated) read more

Wali wa Kukaanga – Kenyan Fried Rice

Fried Rice


4 cups cold or warm cooked Rice
4 tablespoon oil for stir frying
2-3 Eggs
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 handful fresh peas
Salt and pepper to taste
1 fresh tomato for garnishing


In a bowl, lightly beat the eggs with salt and pepper
Heat wok or frying pan over high heat and add oil. Once the oil is heated, add chopped onions and garlic and fry till light brown. Stir in peas and Cook for about 1 Minute. Now add eggs while stirring quickly to scramble eggs with the peas, add the rice and stir fry for a few minutes read more

Maharagwe ya Nazi – Red Kidney Bean in Coconut Sauce

Maharagwe ya Nazi-Kidney beans on coconut sauce

Once you try this simple, rich and delicious recipe at home, you’ll change your method of cooking kidney beans forever! For this is one of my all-time favourite ways of enjoying them!

They beautifully go well with Chapati, Mahamri, plain white Rise, Ugali/Sima or even simple normal bread.

Enjoy ;-))


1 cup of dry kidney beans, washed and soaked overnight
2 cups of coconut milk
3 big fresh tomatoes, sliced
1 big onion chopped
3 gloves of garlic, minced
2 or more fresh green or red chilies, (Optional)
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder/curry powder
Salt and freshly grounded pepper to taste
Fresh chopped coriander for garnishing read more

Chapati – Flat Bread

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Chapati also known as Roti by Indians, is flattered round bread made of white flour.
It is a staple food among the people of east Africa and Asia.
Here is a simple recipes on how to make tasty and soft chapatis at home



6 cups of wheat flour
3 cups of warm water
3 tablespoon of warm cooking oil or ghee (melted and warm)
2 teaspoon salt
Cooking Oil or ghee for cooking the Chapatis


In a mixing bowl, mix together flour, salt and vegetable oil until it is crumbly. Slowly add water little at a time as you knead the dough. Keep kneading for 15-20 minutes until it is soft, smooth and not sticking in either your hands or the walls of your bowl
Cover dough pastry in a slightly greased container and let it rest for 30minutes to 1 hour at a room temperature read more

Ugali na Sukuma Wiki – Cornmeal mush with Collard Greens

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Known as Ugali in Nairobi and upcountry or Sima at the Coast, this starchy simple meal made of maize flour and water is the most common staple food in the local Kenyan cuisine. It is more typically served with Sukuma wiki (collard greens) and/or meat stew, fresh or soured milk. Sukuma wiki on the other hand is a Swahili name used for collard greens or kale meaning “week-pusher” or “push the week”. These hearty greens are also a staple diet in the Kenyan cuisine and are available all year round in every part of Kenya. read more