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What do the Kenyan people eat? Its question you might ask
yourself as you watch a Kenyan cross a marathon finish line,
followed by a second, a third chasing them, and you guessed it, a
What do the Kenyan people eat? Its question you might ask yourself as you watch a Kenyan cross a marathon finish line, followed by a second, a third chasing them, and you guessed it, a fourth Kenyan might just be on the way.
Its a tough question, well most of the Kenyan runners we know come from one tribe - Kalenjin, of the Western Rift Valley, where theyre raised on a high-starch diet. But the number of communities in Kenya? Approximately 50. Which is to say, its a tough cuisine to track.
Heres the lineup:
1. Ugali - White Maize Meal
I know what youre thinking: Maize is primitive to Mexico, not Africa. But maize gets aroundor at least, the British do. Ugali is the most common cuisine in Kenya, especially in the west side. And theres little skill to the recipe: Boil water, add maize flour, stir vigorously. Eventually you get a consistency, a thick porridge that can be molded into rounds, used to pocket food with your hands as an edible utensil, or dipped into stews.
2. Sukuma Wiki - Collard Greens Tomatoes and Onions
Sukuma Wiki literally translates to stretch the week.Sometimes its mistaken for kale, Sukuma Wiki is a collard green that earned its name because its available year round and is cheap. Stir-fried with vegetable oil, onions and tomatoes, its always taken with Ugali and is the second most common cuisine in the Kenya.
3. Githeri - Red Kidney Beans, White Corn
Maize wasnt the only payment for farmers, beans were, too. Its no surprise that the ingredients would be served together in one dish. The dish Githeri involves boiling both the corn and beans together in a clay pot over an open fire that is set up on three stone, just salt and no spice. The mixture is sometimes lightly fried with onions.
4. Fried Omena - Fish, Tomatoes, Onions and Chili
Fried Omena is the name given to this specific fish by the Luo tribe, who live by the shores of Lake Victoria in the western part of Kenya. During night time, the lake will be stippled with boats having tin lamps, which attract the fish to the surface of the water. The fish are caught, boiled and deep-fried.
5. Pilau Rice - Rice, Onion, Tomatoes, Garlic and Pilau Masala
Along the Swahili Coast, its not just the ocean breeze youll catch. During the festivals, you wont miss the waft of Pilau rice being prepared in every house.The rice is usually seasoned with spices, then cooked with beef or poultry. And of course, vegetarian variations are available too.
6. Ginger, Sugar and Black Tea
Tea is the most popular beverage in kenya. Chai, obviously influenced by Indian chai, is the Swahili word for tea, and its taken every morning with family. The Kenyan tea, Tangawizi tea, is brewed with ginger.