Kuku wa Kupaka – Chicken in Coconut Sauce

kuku wa kupaka

This mouth watering authentic dish is a specialty at the Kenyan coast whereby chicken is cooked in a spicy coconut sauce. It is a perfect illustration of how the Swahili people intermingle with Arabs and Indians in terms of cooking in the coastal region… Hear is a simple recipe of how to enjoy kuku wa kupaka at Home!



8-10 pieces of chicken ( I personally suggest skinless chicken breasts or thighs)
Fresh ginger, peeled and minced
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary
3 green chilies, chopped (can be eliminated for a milder dish or substituted for sweet bell pepper)
Juice of one fresh lime
1/4 Cup vegetable oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 fresh tomatoes, washed and sliced
1 teaspoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon curry powder / turmeric
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 cups of thick coconut milk
salt and freshly grounded pepper to taste
fresh chopped Coriander for garnishing read more

Matoke – Cooking Bananas or Plantains


Matoke/Plantains is one of the Traditional main dishes in south western Kenya to the Kisii community which consists of steamed green cooking bananas. This starchy dish also counts to one of National dishes in Uganda and other countries in east Africa.
Matoke / Plantains can either be cooked separately and served with a stew or as one dish including other ingredients e.g Vegetables, Potatoes or beef.
Here is one of my favorite simple and quick recipe to prepare Matoke.


For smashed Matoke you need;
8-10 Matoke/Plantain – peeled, coarsely chopped and washed
1 hand full of peanuts, crushed to powder like (or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter)
1 tablespoon butter (optional, i use it for them to be more tender)
1/2 cup fresh dairy milk (optional)
2 cups of water to boil
Salt to taste read more

Pilau – Pilaf

Beef Pilau

Pilau is a specialty along the Swahili Coast in which Rice is flavored with spices and cooked in a well seasoned broth of Meat, Poultry or Fish. It is also a festive Dish which never misses at every special occasion.

Pilau spices
Pilau spices


1/2 kg Basmati rice, washed (for better results I highly recommend Basmati reis)
1/2 kg potatoes – peeled, washed and coarsely chopped
1/2 kg beef, chicken or fish filet – cubed
1 small cup sunflower oil (or any other liquid oil)
4 cups of hot water or broth
1 onion, chopped
5 cloves of Garlic, crushed
1 fresh Ginger, crushed
2 fresh Tomatoes , sliced
2-3 teaspoon Pilau spices
Salt and pepper to taste read more

Pilipili ya Maembe – Homemade Mango Chutney


Sometimes we tend to lose our appetites and just wonder if there is something we could combine with our daily meals to improve our appetite. Well here is something you could try at home, simple and easy to do.


1 Ripe Mango, peeled and sliced
1 Fresh Ginger, minced
1 Small Onion, chopped
5 Cloves of Garlic, minced
2 ripe tomatoes, sliced
1 carrot, peeled and shredded
A bunch of fresh coriander
1 green pepper
10 hot chilies
1 cucumber (Optional)
1/4 cup vinegar or Juice of 1 Lime
2 tsp olive Oil
Salt and pepper to taste read more

Kachumbari – Fresh Tomato and Onion Salad


Kachumbari is a Swahili name for fresh Tomato and Onion Salad which is common in East Africa especially Kenya and Tanzania. It consists of fresh Ingredients and its very easy and quick to make.



3 – 4 Tomatoes
1 Medium red onion
Juice of one small lime
2 tsp Olive oil
Salt and ground pepper to taste
2 chilies (Optional)
Fresh garden coriander and a slice of avocado for garnishing

Slice onions into thin rings, put them into a bowl, add a small amount of salt and rinse them with cold water to reduce acidity
Add sliced tomatoes, chilies and coriander.
In a separate bowl, mix together lime juice, Olive oil and toss the mixture into the Kachumbari. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately. Garnish with avocado if any!  Enjoy….. read more