K enya is a rather healthy country, as the most popular foods are fresh farm products from the country’s vast resources in the rural areas. Farmland, lakes and the Indian Ocean provide readily available vegetables, fruits and meats. Often, the ingredients used to prepare a Kenyan dish are fresh, very cheap and easily used to make a quick meal. Read further below to see just what Kenya has to offer.

Ugali ( Cornmeal staple)
The undeniable most common Kenyan food staple is Ugali – [OOh-gah-ly] usually made from cornmeal that is added to boiling water and heated until it turns into a dense block of cornmeal paste. Ugali has the consistency of a grainy dough and hilariously enough almost the heaviness of a brick.

For many Kenyans, ugali along with a small amount of cooked vegetables or saucy stew is a normal meal. Ugali is a rich source of carbohydrates, and is arguably the perfect meal to take on a treacherous adventure or safari, such as hiking.

Mashed Peas and Potato Mix
Irio is one of the most famous dishes in Kenya, a food that originated as a Kikuyu staple and spread throughout the country.

Green peas and potatoes are boiled and then mashed up before whole kernels of maize (corn) are added to give the mash some extra starch and texture. This hearty and heavy Kenyan food is famous to eat with roasted nyama choma meat (nyama na irio) or just some Kenyan style stew.

Githeri

It’s not too complicated, a Kenyan dish that consists of boiled beans, corn kernels, and possibly mixed in with a little bit of vegetables.

The combination of Githeri is a filling, highly nutritious, and can be quite good when complimented with salt, pepper, chilies, and even a chapati!

 
 
 
 
Kenyan Pilau ( Spiced Rice)
Pilau is a glorified combination of rice cooked with flavor bursting spices like cumin, cardamon, cinnamon, and cloves. The fragrant rice is fantastic to eat with a form of meat stew and a few slices of fresh tomato and onions.

Biriyani is another form of spiced rice that is a popular Kenyan food on the coast.

Wili Wa Nazi (coconut rice)

Coconut rice is a popular Kenyan food mostly along the Indian Ocean coast. White rice is cooked with grated coconut meat to create a fragrant twist on plain boiled rice. Wali wa nazi is best enjoyed with a serving of fish or chicken curry, some vegetables, or even bean stew.

See more dishes here : http://www.squidoo.com/10-kenyan-dishes-you-will-definitely-love

Tags: , , , , ,

Top 5 Healthcare Concerns to Kenyans

min of health

In lieu of the recent news reports of Kenyan doctors striking, we (My Health Kenya) decided to launch a healthcare-themed […]

How to maintain happiness in 10 easy steps

There are hundreds if not thousands of quotes about happiness but no matter how many words of wisdom our ancestors […]

How to help your child deal with teenage stress

Like anyone else, teenagers are faced with stressful situations all the time. Adolescence and self- discovery are just some of […]

Signs of Mental Illness

Mental illnesses are common but people are either too detached from reality or burying their heads in the sand to […]

What to do When Feeling Suicidal

Mental Health

Most people feel like committing suicide at one point in their lives but the difference is in how they deal […]

How to budget for Christmas

o-PIGGY-BANK-facebook

We all want to spoil our loved ones and buy gifts for Christmas, but our pockets sometimes wouldn’t allow this […]