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The East Africa Coconut Rice: Wali Wa Nazi

The East Africa Coconut Rice: Wali Wa Nazi

Wali wa Nazi is well-known in the coastal nations of East Africa, particularly in nations like Tanzania and Kenya. It is a fragrant, creamy, and tasty coconut rice dish. The Swahili word "Wali wa Nazi" means "rice with coconut". It has been enjoyed by the people for decades since it is steeped in history and fundamental to the local way of life. Wali wa Nazi reflects the region's cultural diversity and reliance on a plentiful supply of coconuts, epitomizes coastal cuisine.

Preparation Time

40 minutes.





Long-grain white rice

Coconut milk

Small onion (chopped)

Garlic (minced)

Vegetable oil

Ground cumin

Ground coriander

Ground turmeric



  • Remove excess starch from the rice by rinsing it under water till the becomes clear.
  • Heat the vegetable oil over medium heat and add the onions, garlic, allow it to cook.
  • Add the ground cumin, ground coriander, ground turmeric, and ground black pepper to the onions and garlic. Stir well to coat the onions and garlic with the spices and let them cook for a minute to release their flavors.
  • Pour the coconut milk and water into a pot, add salt and stir.
  • Allow it to boil, and add the rice to the pot.
  • Cover the pot, reduce the heat and allow it to simmer for 20 minutes to be well cooked.
  • Serve it hot.