Samosas are triangular shaped savory pastries deep fried in oil. In Kenyan cuisine they are considered as exotic snacks. They are served as a starter or can be enjoyed as a snack while drinking a cold Tusker beer on a lovely sunny afternoon. A great and tasty samosas should have a crispy thin pastry and the filling on the inside should be soft and moist. We will prepare two different sauces, one with red peppers and another one without to meet every guests’ preferences.
These are a fantastic snack and street food, extremely popular in Kenya and East Africa. Any restaurant in Kenya worth its salt just has to have them on their menu. Bhajias can be made out of any vegetable including onions, spinach, cauliflower etc, but the most popular type in Kenya is the potato bhajia.
These fries/chips are a specialty in most parts of Kenya…they are saucy and spicy, yet crispy. The masala coats the chips perfectly and it’s the best dish to create for those quick lunches, serve with your Sunday barbecue roast or have it on its own with a cold fanta orange!
Chapati: Kenyan Chapati can trace its origin from the influence of the Indian community living in Kenya. They are made with a flour dough that is wound into a coil before being rolled into a flat round circle. The dough is then pan fried on a skillet so it is crispy on the edges but remains moist and doughy on the interior. Considered more of a special Kenyan treat!
Beef Stew: Kenyan stew can be made of different types of meats: beef, lamb, chicken or any other animal. It also includes a base of vegetable ingredients such as carrots, peppers, peas, or potatoes. The sauce is formed from a light tomato base and accented with onion, salt, pepper, and that essential mchuzi mix!
‘Kuku choma’ (grilled chicken): Any Kenyan food list is not complete without a mention of nyama choma, also known as grilled meat. This can be chicken, goat meat, beef or fish. This grilled chicken will be served with a special ‘Chakula’ spinach lemon sauce.
Kachumbari: A simple, fresh salsa salad made of diced tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and lemon juice. Kenyans enjoy kachumbari as a garnish, a side salad that accompanies ‘chakula’ like pilau, nyama choma or samosas.
2x Mukimo made with sweet potatoes & normal potatoes: Mukimo is a staple dish among the Kikuyu community. It is mainly made of potatoes, corn (maize) and different types of beans. You can also use peas together with traditional leaves like terere or pumpkin leaves. The ‘Chakula’ style mukimo is made with sweet potatoes instead of potatoes, corn (maize) and brown beans. It is absolutely delicious and very nutritious.
Vegetables: Steamed cabbage, carrots & French beans
Ugali: A simple and satisfying stiff cornmeal porridge. It is a staple of the Kenyan diet, eaten by many on a daily basis, generally served as a side dish and a perfect accompaniment for stews, curries, or veggie dishes. Kenyans eat ugali with their hands, using it almost like a utensil. The proper way is to pinch a small bit off with your fingers, roll into a ball, and use your thumb to make a small depression for scooping up a bite of stew.
Sukuma wiki: "Sukuma wiki" is a Swahili phrase meaning, "week-pusher," "push the week," or "stretch the week." It is a green leafy kale simply prepared with a little bit of oil, onions and tomatoes. It can also be highly spiced, in the Indian-influenced cuisine of East Africa.
Tilapia: A very popular fish in Kenya because of its wide availability and affordability. It’s literally what almost every fish monger sells, be it on the streets or high end shops and supermarkets. Nothing tastes more East African, more Kenyan or more home than some good old fish curry.
Pilau: A glorified combination of rice cooked with flavor bursting spices like cumin, cardamon, cinnamon, and cloves. The fragrant rice is fantastic to eat with a form of meat stew and kachumbari.
Chicken Biryani: Biryani just like pilau is a rice-based dish known for its unique aroma and flavour. This exotic dish is among the specialities along the Kenyan Coast. Lovers of traditional Kenyan Coastal cuisine love this delicacy. This Chicken Biryani recipe is your passport to instant popularity! Your culinary skills are bound to be a hit among friends and family. (Important: We can prepare with plain white rice for guests who who prefer it over the spiced rice)
Mahamri: Traditional Swahili doughnuts especially popular in the coastal regions of Kenya and Tanzania. Puffy and golden brown, these triangular doughnuts are made with coconut milk and spiced with cardamom seeds. Normally, they are accompanied by pigeon peas also cooked in coconut milk or a cup of the typical Kenyan Chai.
Mbaazi wa nazi (Pigeon Peas in Coconut Milk): A Swahili way to prepare this popular tropical pulse. Cooking any Swahili dish requires a whole load of patience. Cooking Mbaazi wa Nazi is no exception. It is a dish that’s famous in Kenya’s Coastal area as a breakfast meal to accompany Mahamri or Chapati. Making it at home isn’t as hard as it sounds; you just need to be patient. Beans are an inexpensive and nutritious way to get the family fed. The coconut milk produces a very subtle richness, which completely changes the character of the pigeon peas.
Tea, called “Chai” in Kenya, can never be missed at a social gathering as hosts are certain to welcome their guests with a steaming cup of chai the minute you sit down to relax at their homesteads. Many people also drink it with breakfast or other meals often even instead of water. But not only is drinking chai together a welcome reward for a long journey or a hard day’s work, it is delicious!
Of all contemporary coffee origins, Kenyan coffee is universally admired. Though Kenyans are mainly a tea-drinking nation, they are among the world’s largest producers of Arabica which is a high quality, mild coffee much favoured for blending. It is grown in large scales on rich volcanic soils found in the highlands of Kenya.
Kenyans love their beer! It got its name from the male tusked elephant, indigenous to East Africa. This unique beer lager has become a part of Kenya’s pride and legacy. On every label of Tusker lager are the words ‘Bia Yangu Nchi Yangu.” That’s Swahili for “My beer my country.” LET’S ENJOY THIS LEGACY TOGETHER!
This special cocktail will drift you to a state of tropical bliss through the endless, white, sandy beaches of the coast of Kenya. It will tease your taste buds and bring that warm, sunny weather right in the heart of Amsterdam! It is especially made for the ladies that don’t enjoy drinking beer. We also have a 'virgin version' for the drivers of the day and the non-alcohol drinkers!