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Ugali, the king of the Kenyan table

Polenta with meat, fish or vegetables

23-08-2020 di redazione

The ugali, composed of posho or sima, i.e. cornmeal and a side dish that can be meat, fish or vegetables, is the unique dish typical of Kenya and especially of the coast.
The flour is boiled like our polenta, but in a shorter time so as not to consume coal or gas and fill the stomach more easily.

Ingredients for 6 people:
4 tea cups of corn flour
5 water teacups
a salt intake

Preparation: Boil the water over low heat and add salt. Add the corn flour a little at a time, stirring continuously to prevent lumps from forming. Cook until the water is completely absorbed. Cover everything and cook over very low heat for another five minutes. Check the consistency of the polenta and, if completely solid, pour it into a tray. Cover with a damp cloth and serve warm.

WITH MCHICHA or SUKUMA WIKI (variety of herbs similar to spinach) or CABBAGE
Ingredients for 6 people:
750 grams of spinach
4 ripe tomatoes
Half onion
A clove of garlic
Half green pepper
Three tablespoons of sunflower oil
A salt intake

Cut the leaves of the vegetables into thin strips after washing them well, in a large and capacious pan, heat the oil and add the garlic and onion previously chopped. After one minute add the diced tomatoes and fry over medium heat for three minutes. Then throw the spinach in the pan, stir, cover and leave to fry for ten minutes, stirring occasionally. The condensation formed by the cover of the pan is generally used as an additional sauce. 
The cabbage is already finely cut at market stalls. There are several recipes for cooking cabbage, the simplest of which are the same ingredients used for other vegetables, some of which include the addition of spices such as cardamom to give it a more original and tasty flavor.


The sauce can be prepared in Swahili style, a normal onion sauté for the sauce, with the addition of a pinch of curry and coconut milk, with diced fish (samaki wa kupaka) or served with small fish (tafi, small local sea bass) grilled and kachumbari (salad, see below). 

WITH NGOMBE (ox meat)

Usually the accompaniment of meat is in broth, with meat and bone (karanga) and potatoes, or in stew with a narrow tomato sauce.


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