Ugali and Sukuma Wiki

Ugali is a Kenyan and Tanzanian dish that is eaten frequently. The ugali itself is the white, cake-like dish which is made from cornmeal. It can be found almost all over Africa in different forms. Fufu is a similar dish consumed In West, Central Africa and parts of the Caribbean and is made out of cassava flour instead of cornmeal. Ugali is often eaten in combination with stew or sukuma wiki. Sukuma wiki is a Swahili word and it means to ‘push the week’, as it has always been very cheap and used to be primarily eaten by people that did not have a lot of money. This recipe is vegan, but minced beef or chicken can be added. This recipe serves 4 to 5 people and takes about 20 to 30 minutes. 

Ingredients

Ugali:

  • 2 cups of white maize flour (preferably from PAN)
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 teaspoons of salt

Sukuma Wiki:

  • 1 tablespoon of cooking oil 
  • 2 white onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 4 tomatoes or 1 can of chopped tomatoes (400 grams)
  • 500 grams of kale
  • 1 tablespoon of curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon of bouillon powder or 1 cube
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Boil the 4 cups of water either in a sauce pan or in a kettle.
  2. In the meantime, dice the onions, mince the garlic cloves and dice the tomatoes.
  3. Heat up 1 tablespoon of cooking oil in a large skillet pan and add the onion and garlic. 
  4. To a saucepan, add the boiled water, the 2 cups of maize flour and 2 teaspoons of salt. With a wooden spoon, stir the mixture and try to get rid of all the lumps. Once properly mixed, turn the heat to low and cover the pan with a lid for about 15 minutes until it thickens. 
  5. Once the onions and garlic are cooked through, add the diced tomatoes to the skillet pan.
  6. When the tomatoes have softened, add the curry spices, the bouillon powder, the salt and the pepper.
  7. Add the kale and let it cook for 10 minutes until the kale softens.
  8. Serve the dish and enjoy! 

Furaha ya chakula!

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