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Dagaa, also mistaken for canis a delicious meal that can be found  in Lake Victoria of Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda where they have their
own local names like: omena in Kenya and mukene in Uganda. Dagaa is the local name given to this fish in Tanzania.
The fish is caught during moonless nights and in the morning it is sold to women who spread it out for drying in
the sun.

Partner dagaa stew with ugali(made from maize flour) and you have a heavenly meal.

The video below shows how you can make a delicious dagaa stew:

 



Mandazi, also known as the Swahili Bun or Swahili Coconut Doughnut (Swahili: Mandazi), is a form of fried bread
that originated on the Swahili Coast. Mandazi are similar to doughnuts, having a little bit of a sweet taste
which can be differentiated with the addition of different ingredients. However; they are typically less sweet
than the United States style of doughnuts and are served without any glazing or frosting. They are frequently
made triangular in shape (similar to samosas), but are also commonly shaped as circles or ovals. When cooked,
they have a “fluffy” texture. Mandazi are made by briefly cooking the dough in cooking oil. The ingredients
typically used to make mandazi include water, sugar, flour, yeast, and milk. Coconut milk is also commonly added
to add a little bit more of a sweet taste. When coconut milk is added, mandazi are commonly referred to as
mahamri or mamri. After being cooked, they can be eaten warm or left to cool down. They are commonly made in
the morning or the night before, eaten with breakfast, then re-heated in the evening for dinner. Mandazi are
also commonly eaten with tea or fresh fruit juice, or are eaten as snacks by themselves.

Now let’s make some mandazi:


 

The word pilau is said to come from the Persian word pilav or pilaw, which is also the origin of pilaf, as in “rice pilaf”. The pilav rice cooking technique is found throughout the Middle East and West Asia (i.e., Turkey, India, Pakistan). It has been spread across Africa by the Arabs, and was brought by enslaved Africans to the Americas. In West Africa and the Americas the name has become pearlu, perloo, perlau, plaw, et cetera. Whatever the name, it is rice, vegetables, and meat cooked in a seasoned broth.

Here is one of the Swahili ways to make this delicious and fragrant rice dish:


Kiti moto, which means hot seat is a reference to fried pork in Swahili. Delicious is not enough of a word to describe this dish that refers to a meal of grilled or roasted pork bits. In this recipe below we make the dish indoors and fry it as well as broil the pork in the oven to maximize its flavor and then we mix the pork in a onion, tomato and green pepper sauce. 


Chapatis are made using a soft dough comprising flour, salt and water and kneaded with the knuckles of the hand made into a fist and left to rest for at least 10 or 15 minutes to an hour for the gluten in the dough to develop. After resting, the dough becomes softer and more pliable. Small portions of the dough are then pinched off and formed into round balls that are pressed between the two palms to form discs which are then dipped into flour and rolled out on a circular rolling board  using a rolling pin  into a perfect circle. 

The rolled-out dough is then thrown on the preheated dry frying pan and cooked on both sides.


Ugali (also sometimes called Sima, Sembe, Kaunga, Dona, Obusuma or Posho) is a dish made of maize flour (cornmeal), millet flour, or Sorghum flour (sometimes mixed with cassava flour) cooked in boiling liquid (water or Milk) to a porridge- or dough-like consistency.

While in Kisumu for her Vogue cover shoot, Lupita Nyong’o stopped by her parents’ home for a walk through their farm with her father, to climb fruit trees, and to learn to cook ugali from her mother—just over a year ago the Oscar-winning actress made national Kenyan news when she revealed that she did not know how to make the local staple. Director Lotfy Nathan helps her set the record straight.

 


Hey guys, i wanted to share a recipe of my favorite childhood comfort food, it is an East African dish called “Makande” and its simple to make and delicious. So check it out.