I love foods from all over Africa but Nigerian, Kenyan and Ghanaian food seems to be my best.
I love to cook and i always have. I had previous jobs as a cook but moved on to Accounts and admin now so i mostly cook at home. So, like my previous post on how to make Egusi soup, i now wanted to share this Kenyan dish and step by step guide on how to make it like i do.
When most people think of African food they think of yams, rice, plantain, chicken and meat! So why not try something different than your average meal with a Quick and easy Kenyan stew with ugali and chapati!
You can get all of the ingredients listed below from Most African/Caribbean Stores. If you do not have any local African stores in your area, then do not worry! You can even find these ingredients in most big supermarkets.
- Chicken (on or off the bone)
- Maize Flour
- 1 very large onion or 2 small onions
- 3 carrots
- 3 small tomatoes
- Chapati’s (can be found in any supermarkets in packets)
- 1 spring cabbage
- Mixed spices
- Gravy browning
Step 1 – Wash you chicken through out and place in a large pot with water and salt to taste. Allow to boil for 35 to 40 minutes. When your chicken is ready, Remove it from the bone and cut into medium sized peaces or strips.
Step 2 – Heat a large pot with a little cooking oil and place your peaces of chicken into the pot with 1 chopped onion. Allow to fry for 3 to 4 minutes.
Step 3 – When you have finished frying your chicken, Add 1 pint of hot water to your pot with mixed spice powder (how much spice you use is up to you depending on how spicy you like your food) Then add 2/3 table spoons of gravy browning. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes while you prepare your veg.
Step 4 – Get 3 carrots and Wash and cut the ends from your carrots. Do NOT slice your carrots into circles as most people do. Cut your carrot into thin long strips. This way it is easier to lift your soup by hand when eating your stew with ugali. Now add the carrots to your pot with the chicken. (it is not compulsory to eat with your hand but i personally enjoy African food more if i eat with my hand)
Step 5 – Separate your cabbage by tearing off the leafs. Wash your cabbage leafs very well. Now chop you cabbage into strips just like you did with the carrots. Now add the cabbage into the pot and add about 1/2 a pint of water to the pot with a few table spoons of salt. Also chop and add ur tomatoes to the stew then place the lid on the pot and allow to steam and cook for a further 20 minutes. (no need for constant stirring as this stew will not stick to the pot like most stews)
Now that your stew it cooking and ready to serve After 20 minutes of steaming, We will now move onto the Ugali!
- Simply add water to a pot (about 1 pint) allow to boil for 5 minutes.
- Next, get your maize flour and start pouring into your water while stirring with a wooden spoon. Always stir fast or you will get lumps.
- Keep stirring and pressing against the side of the pot to assure all the flour is cooked.
- Add more flour if needed, until it is very thick. When it becomes all stuck together tightly and has formed a cake-like shape, its ready!
To finish it off, now simply heat your chapati in a frying pan with a little oil for 30 seconds on each side. Now Serve with your stew and ugali.
I hope you enjoy this dish as much as i do. 😀
Thanks for reading.