The Best Of Swahili Cuisine In Kenya

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Farhiya Osman

Swahili cuisine is enjoyed by numerous Kenyans and is obviously most prevalent in Kenya. Originally from the coast, Swahili cuisine has penetrated all corners of the country and is not just enjoyed all over the country. With influences as varied as the coastal tides and the ancient trade routes, Swahili cuisine embodies a fusion of cultures that have crossed along Kenya’s shores for centuries.

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The Swahili culture is diverse and has several influences, such as the Arabic, Indian and European cultures. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the Swahili cuisine is heavily influenced by these places.
The Swahili cuisine consists of many delicious dishes. The most popular Swahili dishes are:


A fried pastry with a filling which is usually either beef or chicken.



A deep fried pastry that contains cardamom and coconut milk.

Mandazi is a slightly sweet East African food

Mkate Mayai

The direct translation is ‘bread of eggs.’ Also known as Kenyan sponge cake.


Fried sweet dumplings coated with a sweet syrup called ‘kaimati.’


A donut-like pastry made with coconut milk and cardamom.


Fried potatoes coated with spices such as chillies, coriander, and onions.

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