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Olarro, Kenya | © Ninara/Flickr

The Best Of Swahili Cuisine In Kenya

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Farhiya Osman
Updated: 11 April 2017
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.
Vitumbua | © Doocani.com

Vitumbua | © Doocani.com

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:

Samosa

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

Samosa | © Rasoion Indian Kitchen

Samosa | © Rasoion Indian Kitchen

Mandazi

A deep fried pastry that contains cardamom and coconut milk.

Mkate Mayai

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

Mkate Mayai | © withopeneyes.net

Mkate Mayai | © withopeneyes.net

Kaimati

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

Kaimati | © jmaruru.wordpress.com

Kaimati | © jmaruru.wordpress.com                                                                           

Mahamri

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

Bhajia

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

Bhajia | © zeenews.india.com

Bhajia | © zeenews.india.com