Ugali and Sukuma Wiki Recipe

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Ugali and sukuma wiki is a match made in Kenyan kitchen heaven! Ugali sukuma wiki is a staple East African cuisine.

Sukuma wiki and ugali not only form the backbone of many Kenyan meals, but also reflect the country’s rich agricultural heritage. It is vegan, gluten-free, and diary-free.

I love sukuma wiki and ugali with scrambled eggs to add a touch of proteins. It is nutritious, cheap, readily available, and affordable for many Kenyan homesteads.

What is ugali?

Ugali and sukuma wiki


Ugali, also known as sima, posho, or pap in other African countries, is a fundamental part of Kenyan cuisine.

This simple yet hearty dish is made from maize flour or corn flour and water, cooked to a dense, dough-like consistency. It is often served as an accompaniment to various stews, meats, and vegetables.

What is sukuma wiki?


Ugali and sukuma wiki
Bunch of collard greens or sukuma wiki

Sukuma Wiki, literally translating to “stretch the week” in Swahili, is a leafy green vegetable that has earned its place as a dietary mainstay. Often compared to collard greens.

Sukuma Wiki is rich in vitamins and nutrients. Its ability to grow throughout the year, even in challenging conditions, has made it an essential part of Kenyan diets.

The act of tearing a piece of Ugali and dipping it into a flavorful Sukuma Wiki dish is a ritual that transcends socio-economic backgrounds, creating a shared experience for all.

How to cook Kenyan ugali and sukuma wiki

How to cook ugali

To prepare Ugali, maize flour is gradually added to boiling water while stirring continuously to avoid lumps. The result is a thick, starchy porridge that can be shaped into a ball or served in slice. Ugali’s neutral taste complements the bold flavors of Kenyan dishes, making it an indispensable part of the culinary landscape.

How to cook Kenyan sukuma wiki

Ugali and sukuma wiki
Homemade Organic Green Collard Greens (sukuma wiki)

Sukuma Wiki is typically sautéed with onions, tomatoes, and spices, creating a savory side dish that perfectly complements Ugali. Its affordability and nutritional value make it a popular choice for families across Kenya, embodying a sustainable and accessible approach to nourishment.

Ugali and sukuma wiki recipe

Simple Ugali and Sukuma Wiki Recipe

Recipe by GladysCourse: DINNERCuisine: AFRICANDifficulty: Easy


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Ingredients for ugali

  • 2 cups maize flour

  • 4 cups water

  • A pinch of salt or sugar (optional)

  • Ingredients for sukuma wiki
  • 1 bunch sukuma wiki (collard greens), finely chopped

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 2 tomatoes, diced

  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions for cooking ugali

  • Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a pot.
  • Gradually add maize flour to the boiling water while stirring continuously to avoid lumps.
  • Keep stirring until the mixture thickens and forms a dense, cohesive dough.
  • Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Once cooked, remove the pot from heat and let it rest for a few minutes.
  • Wet your hands with water to prevent sticking, then shape the Ugali into a ball or serve in slices.
  • Ugali is now ready to be served alongside your favorite dishes.
  • Directions for cooking sukuma wiki
  • Heat cooking oil in a pan over medium heat.
  • Add chopped onions and sauté until translucent.
  • Add diced tomatoes and cook until soft.
  • Stir in the finely chopped sukuma wiki, ensuring it’s well coated with the onion and tomato mixture.
  • Cover the pan and let it cook for about 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Continue cooking until the sukuma wiki is tender but still vibrant in color.
  • Serve the Sukuma Wiki alongside Ugali for a delicious and nutritious meal.

Recipe tips

  • Always use fresh sukuma wiki. Cut them evenly.
  • Do not overcook sukuma wiki as it will lead to loss of nutrients.
  • Feel free to add your preferred spices

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