Kenya, a country in East Africa, is famous for its wildlife and incredible landscapes, attracting tons of tourists globally. Besides its natural beauty, Kenya is also known for its delicious dishes.
Kenyan delicacies are unique because they are derived from a mix of ethnicities and traditions of the 47 tribes. In this post, I’ll walk you through the seven best Kenyan dishes. Karibu tule (welcome, and let’s dine)!
1. Ugali (Cornmeal Staple)
Ugali is a staple food in Kenya, beneficial for energy production, and offers tremendous benefits to your health. It also contains other essential nutrients such as proteins and irons, though in smaller portions. Furthermore, Ugali helps with the following:
- Improving digestion as it contains roughages which reduce constipation;
- It helps in building blood tissues because it contains iron minerals;
- It prevents oxidation and toxic build-up in the body cells as it contains corn oil.
You can serve Ugali with meat stews and vegetables or any other dish flexible to you.
2. Githeri (Beans and Corn)
Githeri is among the most affordable meals in Kenya, as you can find in most kibandas (small restaurants). This meal is famous among the Agikuyus—people from central Kenya.
It’s a mixture of maize and beans boiled together. Surprisingly, and well-balanced—with maize containing amino acids.
Besides containing amino acids, Githeri also helps in repairing worn-out cells. You can mix this Kenyan traditional delicacy with Irish potatoes and kales.
3. Kenyan Pilau (Spiced Rice)
Pilau is the most complicated meal to prepare on this list, and it includes sophisticated culinary art. It’s a combination of many spices such as tomatoes, onions, cardamom, cumin, cinnamon, and cloves, while its main ingredients include rice and meat.
Pilau has many health benefits, which includes:
- Provides energy;
- Lowers cancer risks;
- Helps with digestion;
- Provides strong antioxidants;
- Good for the heart etc.
This food is popular across coastal communities, such as the Giriama, Chonyi, Jibana, Kambe, Ribe, Kauma, Rabai, Digo, and others.
4. Nyama Choma (Roasted Meat)
Our Kenyan best dishes list can never be complete without Nyama Choma. Nyama Choma is roasted meat (from goat, chicken, or cattle).
Nyama choma has many health benefits such as:
- Proper functioning of muscles and nerves as it contains sodium;
- Improves development of blood cells as it has irons;
- It boosts brain functioning due to the presence of vitamin B12.
This Kenyan delicacy is usually served with kachumbari—a mixture of onions, tomatoes, and pepper, alongside Ugali or alcohol.
Nyama Choma receives extraordinary love from the Kenyan population and is mainly associated with secular occasions such as clubbing parties.
5. Mutura (Kenyan Sausage)
Mutura is a goat’s intestine wrappers stuffed with a combination of ground meat parts and a goat’s blood. It’s boiled then placed on the grill to dehydrate to give it a unique smoky flavor.
Mutura shares the benefits that nyama choma offers and can be served with ugali. It’s popular in the Urban streets in Kenya; perhaps that’s why many people call it the Kenyan sausage.