All Things Kenyan

Food and Drink

Chai Recipe

Did you know that tea is one of Kenya’s main exports? In fact, Kenya exports more tea than Sri Lanka, India, and China! Chai is Swahili for tea and also is used in reference to a bribe. Tea time in…

Vegetable Samosa Recipe

Vegetable Samosa Recipe

Samosas made their way to India from Central Asia via trade routes around the 12th or 13th century. From there samosas made their way to the Horn of Africa when Indians began to settle on the East African coast. Today,…

Beef Samosa Filling Recipe

Beef Samosa Filling Recipe

In July, at a reception, the Obamas served chicken samosas at a White House reception hosted for ambassadors, including Indian envoy Meera Shankar. Samosas are a snack you can buy from street vendors and restaurants all over East Africa. Traditionally,…

Chicken Samosa Filling Recipe

Chicken Samosa Filling Recipe

In July, at a reception, the Obamas served chicken samosas at a White House reception hosted for ambassadors, including Indian envoy Meera Shankar. Samosas are a snack you can buy from street vendors and restaurants all over East Africa. Traditionally,…

Roasted Peanuts Recipe

Roasted Peanuts Recipe

This is a great snack. Sit down and shell the peanuts as a family. The basic recipe was shown to me by a friend while I was living in Kenya. I’ve worked out measurements that work well every time I…

Spiced Rice Recipe

1 cup cooked rice 2 Tbsp oil 1 onion, chopped 1/2 tsp cumin seeds 1/2 tsp turmeric powder salt, pepper, cayenne pepper to taste Heat oil in pan. Add cumin seeds and turmeric powder to hot oil. Sprinkle cayenne pepper…

Pakoras Recipe

1 cup garbanzo bean flour* 1 cup water 1/2 tsp turmeric cumin powder coriander powder (optional) salt pinch cayenne pepper chopped green onions (optional) ginger, finely chopped (optional) Mix dry ingredients and add half the water. Mix well. Add more…

Muthya Recipe

1 cup rice or khitcherie (khitcherie tastes better) 1/2 cup wheat flour 1/2 gram flour* 1 onion chopped 1 hot pepper chopped and seeded (optional) 1 small piece of ginger, finely minced 1 tsp salt 1/2 turmeric powder 1 Tbsp…

Mandazi Recipe

Mandazi (also known as Maandazi or Ndao and sometimes called Mahamri or Mamri) are East African donuts. You can find these delicious donuts in large urban areas and also among the Swahili people of East Africa. Most small restaurants, called…

Corn Pones Recipe

1 cup white flour 1 cup maize meal (corn meal) 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp baking powder 2 heaping Tbsp margarine or butter 1/2 tsp sugar hot water oil for frying Mix ingredients. Add enough hot water so you can…