Ugali, Every Kenyan Delicacy

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Ugali is the most consumed delicacy in Kenya, among other African nations. Basically in any homestead or hotels and other joints, you expect to smell it cooking, no matter what time of the day it is.

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It is Ugali that makes Kenyans wake up early, work hard just to make sure there is unga in their bushels.

Anytime the government raises taxes on most commodities, the price of Unga-maize flour that ugali comes from, becomes a hot topic since it directly affects the common mwananchi.

“Natafutia watoto unga,” meaning, I am looking for maize flour to feed my kids. This is a common phrase you will find being used by almost everyone, therefore indicating that Ugali tops the Kenyan food hierarchy.

Is Ugali Every Kenyan Daily Meal?

Some say that they can never loathe eating ugali on daily basis, as long as they have it with a different type of salad or stew.

Most have Kenyans take Ugali with sukuma wiki stew- kales, but you are likely to find others prefering with Omena, Cabbage,samaki- fish, Ugali maharagwe-beans or even kuku-chicken or nyama-beef.

It is a sign of Honor to be served Ugali”

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choma with Kachumbari

Apart from maize flour, you are likely to find a meal cooked from cassava, millet, or even sorghum flour. The Luo and the Luhya communities of Kenya are great lovers of this delicacy.

Some communities believe that serving your guests with rice or any other meal is being disrespectful.

So they will serve him or her with Ugali, especially that which is made from millet or sorghum flour, accompanied by soar milk, meat, and traditional vegetables.

Best served with Traditional Vegetables

Some, like the Kalenjins, prefer taking it accompanied by soar milk- Mursik.

Even so, you will be delighted to try other traditional vegetables like Managu, Terere, Kunde, Sageti and Mrendaa. In such cases, ugali made of millet flour is served.


Health Benefits Of Ugali That You Didn’t Know {2020}

1.Gives a lot of energy

Maize meal is rich in carbohydrates, therefore, making it the number one energy giving food in Kenya.

2.You Stay Full For Long

You can stay up to six hours when still full and satisfied. You should, therefore, eat ugali when you want to stay full for long. 

3. Rich In Iron

Unsifted maize is rich in iron. Iron is important to the body as it helps in building blood tissues. It also contains proteins good for bodybuilding.

4. A good Source Of Natural Oils

Corn oil is an antioxidant which prevents oxidation and builds up to toxic components in the body cells and it is cholesterol-free oil.

5. Eases Digestion

Maize flour is rich in roughages that helps in faster digestion. to hear someone complain of constipation after eating ugali.



3 measures of maize flour

2 large cups of water

Cooking stick

Medium sized Sufuria

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  1. Boil two cups of water in a sufuria.
  2. Add maize flour bit by bit as you stir to your desired paste thickness and let the mixture cook and Let it cook under medium heat as you stir occasionally.
  3. Let it cook for two to ten minutes, turn off the heat, and place it on your favourite serving plate. Your meal is now ready to serve.

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My name is John Muigai. A christian journalist from Kenya. I love cinematography and above all I am an author and a future tycoon.

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