There is a balance of different flavours in the Kenyan cuisine and if you ever visit, you will discover the ethnic heritage of Kenya in their local dishes.  Because we stayed with locals when we visited Nairobi, I remember well that dishes always included vegetables. The list below indicates the most popular Kenyan Dishes, typical tastes of the Kenyan Cuisine!


Ugali is considered the most popular and is a staple starch cornmeal made with maize flour. It can accompany beef or stew, even soups.


The Pilau is absolutely delicious and locals love it. The Pilau meal consists of rice flavoured with spices cooked in stock meat, chicken or fish. Most meals of Kenyans are made with goat meat.

Popular Kenyan Dishes


Chapati is Kenyans’ favourite bread. We had it prepared at home and it is made with white flour, salt and oil. It is eaten preferably at breakfast with tasty stew or salad.

 Kachumbari Salad

A fresh uncooked Tomato and Onion salad dish that is popular in the cuisines of the African Great Lakes region. It consists of chopped tomatoes, onions, and chili peppers, – salt to taste!


A traditional delicacy made with potatoes, peas, corn and onions. We have had it at a Kenyan wedding.


Another common dish known as a variety of green bananas. The meal is made with banana which is cooked and mashed into a meal and is served with flavoured sauce.

Nyama Choma

Grilled meat barbecued over an open fire. Kenyan’s love it and it is super delicious you bet!

Popular Kenyan Dishes

Nyama Irio

A delicious dish found in most restaurants. It consists of potatoes, peas and green vegetables. There were times when the girls in the cuisine added some corn and it was even nicer.  When it is served or accompanied with grilled steak this combination is called Nyama na Irio.


An everyday dish, very common to Kenyans consisting of Maize and kidney beans which are boiled and stewed. I love vegetables and I found it delicious. I have seen this dish served at schools as well and is considered nutrient.


The red Kenyan beans are delicious and this Maharagwe dish is cooked in Coconut milk. In some cuisines the coconut milk is replaced with chicken stock which gives it a different flavour.

What do you think of the Kenyan food?



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