Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Nairobi is complete without tasting the local food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Nairobi to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.
- Chapatti: flat bread.
- Mahindi ya Kuchoma: roast corn on the cob.
- Ugali: porridge made of maize.
- Uji: fermented porridge.
- Kachumbari: tomato and onion salad.
- Githeri: corn and beans dish.
- Irio: mashed, peas, potatoes and corn.
- Karanga: meat and potato stew.
- Kariokor: barbequed meat.
- Kima: ground beef stew.
- Kuku Choma: roast chicken.
- Kuku na Nazi: chicken in coconut milk.
- Kunde: black-eyed peas and tomatoes.
- Managu: a vegetarian dish made from leaf vegetable.
- Matoke: steamed plantains.
- M'Baazi: black-eyed peas in coconut milk.
- Mtuzi wa Samaki: fish in coconut curry.
- Mukimo: mashed beans, corn, potatoes and greens.
- Mursik: a drink made from dairy product.
- Mutura (or Mahu): Kenyan sausage.
- Ndizi: bananas cooked in banana leaves.
- Ngege: a fish dish, also known as Tilapia.
- Nyama Choma: fire-roasted beef.
- Omena Stew: dried-fish and tomato stew.
- Samaki wa Kukaanga: spicy fried fish fillets.
- Yam Stew: spicy and creamy stew with yams and other vegetables.
- Kashata: coconut sweets.
- Mandazi: (Maandazi, Mandaazi), fried doughnut-like pastries.
- Omukati kwe Lisotsi: banana cornmeal cake.
- Mkate Mayai: minced meat and raw egg filled pancake.
- Samosa: (Sambusas), deep-fried pastry stuffed with spiced minced meat.
- Banana beer: beer made from fermentation of mashed bananas.
- Changaa: home-made beer.
- Mnazi: palm wine.
- Muratina: sausage tree fruit beer.
- Tusker: popular beer brand.
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