Traditional Kenyan cuisine

This is Chapati and coconut beans, a traditional dish in Kenya.

An important part of my travel experience is the traditional food of the country I am traveling to. Trying as many of the local dishes as possible is always my goal. When it comes to food you will find many similarities between the African countries. You can find sort of the same snacks, dishes or sides that slightly differ with their names and ways of preparation. Even so, every country has its own flavour and taste. The Kenyan cuisine is a blend of the Portuguese, Indian, Arabic and local cuisines and is some of the richest and biggest variety of food I have come across! I put together a list of the different dishes, snacks and drinks that are common to Kenya as well as the ones I found to be super yummy:

1. Chapati (a flat bread) with beans in coconut sauce (see picture above)

2. Chicken Biryani and rice

3. Mukimo (mashed potatoes and green vegetables) and Nyama Choma (Kenyan grilled meat)

This is a traditional Kenyan dish called Mukimo and Nyama choma

4. Mkate Wa Nyama (Samosa pastry filled with minced meat) and Mishkaki Chicken Kebab

This is a traditional Kenyan dish called Mkate Wanyama and Mishkaki Chicken Kebab

5. Aliya (roasted beef cooked in sauce), Osuga (vegetables), Kachumbari (tomato and onion salad) and Ugali (cornmeal porridge)

This is Aliya, Osuga, Kachumbari and Ugali, a traditional Kenyan dish.

When it comes to drinks, this is what you have to try:

1.Tamarind juice

2. Mnazi (coconut wine)

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This is Mnazi, part of the traditional Kenyan cuisine.

3. Tea Masala (spiced tea)

4. Tusker Beer


5. Dawa, a Kenyan cocktail made from vodka, lime juice and honey

This is Dawa, a Kenyan cocktail made from vodka, lime juice and honey.

When it comes to snacks, this is what you have to try:

1.Kashata (coconut candy)

2.Mabuyu (baobab tree fruit with spices)


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What is your favourite cuisine? Let me know in the comments.




CATEGORY: Africa, Kenya

Claudia Bartsch

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