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The Swahili Cuisine: Kenya’s Mouthwatering Food

Swahili cuisine is enjoyed by numerous Kenyans and is obviously most prevalent in Kenya. Originally from the coast, Swahili cuisine has penetrated all corners of the country and is not just enjoyed at the coast but everywhere else as well.

Vitumbua | © Doocani.com
Vitumbua | © Doocani.com

The Swahili culture is diverse and has several influences, such as the Arabic, Indian and European cultures. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the Swahili cuisine is heavily influenced by these places.

The Swahili cuisine consists of many mouth-watering dishes. The most popular Swahili dishes are:

Samosa | © Rasoion Indian Kitchen
Samosa | © Rasoion Indian Kitchen

Samosa

A fried pastry with a filling which is usually either beef or chicken.

Mandazi | © Afri-culture.com
Mandazi | © Afri-culture.com

Mandazi

A deep fried pastry that contains cardamom and coconut milk.

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Mkate Mayai | © withopeneyes.net
Mkate Mayai | © withopeneyes.net

Mkate Mayai

The direct translation is ‘bread of eggs.’ Also known as Kenyan sponge cake.

Kaimati | © jmaruru.wordpress.com
Kaimati | © jmaruru.wordpress.com

Kaimati

Fried sweet dumplings coated with a sweet syrup called ‘kaimati.’

Mahamri | © nairaland.com
Mahamri | © nairaland.com

Mahamri

A donut-like pastry made with coconut milk and cardamom.

Bhajia | © zeenews.india.com
Bhajia | © zeenews.india.com

Bhajia

Fried potatoes coated with spices such as chillies, coriander, and onions.

Are your gastric juices flowing as much as ours mine are? Yum!

Swahili cuisine is also found in other Swahili-speaking countries such as Tanzania and the island of Zanzibar.

Source: Culturetrip

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  1. Mandazi is actually not a coastal food. It is the upcountry version of Mahamri (without coconut and cardamon).
    What you describe as bajia sounds more like viazi karai.
    What about pilau, biriani, samaki ya kupaka and all the sweet delicacies coastarians eat?

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