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Top 10 popular Kenyan food loved by locals and foreigners


Kenya is among the most popular countries in Africa and the entire world. From unique culture to her funny citizens all the way to beautiful wildlife, Kenya has a palce in the world map as among the most visited countries. One thing that is commonly talked about is Kenya`s foods that are quite delicious. Here are some of the most popular dishes in Kenya;

Nyama Choma

Nyama choma translates to ‘grilled beef’ and is considered Kenya’s unofficial national dish. The most preferred meat is goat, but beef, chicken, and fish are also popular. It is salted and slow-cooked over hot coals until tender, and it’s commonly served with rice, chapati, and kachumbari. It can be found anywhere, from the finest restaurants to tiny street food carts.


Tilapia and Nile perch from Kenya’s freshwater lakes, Lake Victoria and Lake Naivasha, are popular delicacies. They are often served either dry-fried or wet-fried. Samaki, which means fish in Swahili, is popular with some communities in Kenya, particularly the Luo and Luhya in the west, but it may be enjoyed by anybody.


If you are an important visitor, the Luhyas in western Kenya will prepare you a whole chicken, or ingoho in the local language. Traditional preparation is browning a whole chicken and then eating it. Chicken chunks cooked with onions, tomatoes, and spices are used in the more modern version of ingoho.


Nyama, also known as Kenyan stewed beef, is one of those foods that tastes different every time you eat it. The main ingredients include braised beef, onions, tomatoes, and carrots, but it may also add potatoes, peas, and plantains. It is spiced and let to simmer on the burner until the flavors blend and the sauce thickens. Serve with chapatis to soak up the sauce.


Matoke is a stew comprised of green bananas, tomatoes, onion, garlic, and other spices cooked in a large pot until the bananas soften and form a thick gravy sauce. It goes well with rice or chapati and also with roasted meat. Matoke is a popular dish in East Africa, and it can be found on the menus of most Kenyan restaurants.


Githeri is another food that originated with the Kikuyu. This stew is common throughout Africa, but the Kenyan version includes red beans, potatoes, onion, meat, and maize in a thick tomato and beef gravy seasoned with curry powder, paprika, and chili.


Mutura is a famous Kenyan snack that is akin to Irish black pudding or Spanish morcilla. It is created with goat, cow, or lamb intestines that have been stuffed with meat, onions, herbs, spices, and animal blood. The sausage is then wrapped into a spiral and roasted over hot coals to give it a smokey flavor.


Pilau is typically prepared for important occasions such as weddings and visits from guests. It’s a tasty rice meal made with aromatic spices and either chicken or beef, and it’s eaten with kachumbari. Pilau is thought to have been invented by Kenyan coastal people.


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