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Ugali with Sukuma Wiki - A Delightful Taste of Kenyan Cuisine!

Ugali with Sukuma Wiki - A Delightful Taste of Kenyan Cuisine!

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Kenyan Ugali with Sukuma Wiki

Kenyan cuisine is a rich blend of diverse flavours and traditional cooking techniques, reflecting the country's vibrant culture and agricultural abundance. Among the staple dishes enjoyed by Kenyans is the hearty and wholesome combination of Ugali with Sukuma Wiki. This classic dish not only satisfies hunger but also celebrates the simplicity and deliciousness of Kenyan home cooking. 

Ugali is a thick maize meal porridge and has been a fundamental part of Kenyan cuisine for generations. Its origins trace back to the indigenous communities that relied on maize as a staple food. Sukuma Wiki, on the other hand, refers to a Swahili term meaning "stretch the week." It denotes the use of affordable and readily available greens, such as collard greens or kale, to make a nutritious and budget-friendly meal.

Now let’s get cooking!

Servings: 4

Keywords: Porridge

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  • 2 cups Maize flour (cornmeal)
  • 2 ⅓ cups Water

Sukuma Wiki

  • Sukuma wiki (collard greens or kale)
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic
  • Cooking oil
  • Salt and spices (optional)



  1. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil.
  2. Gradually add maize flour while stirring continuously to prevent lumps.
  3. Stir vigorously until the mixture thickens and forms a stiff dough-like consistency.
  4. Reduce heat, cover, and allow it to simmer for a few minutes until fully cooked.
  5. Remove from heat and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.

Sukuma Wiki

  1. Heat cooking oil in a separate pan and sauté chopped onions and garlic until golden brown.
  2. Add diced tomatoes and cook until they soften.
  3. Incorporate the chopped sukuma wiki into the pan and cook until wilted.
  4. Season with salt and spices according to taste preferences.
  5. Stir well, cover, and let it simmer for a few minutes until the flavours meld together.


Ugali with Sukuma Wiki is typically served hot. To enjoy this traditional Kenyan dish, scoop a portion of Ugali with slightly wet hands and shape it into a ball or mound. Create a small well in the Ugali and use it to scoop up the Sukuma Wiki. The combination of the slightly bland Ugali with the flavourful Sukuma Wiki creates a perfect harmony of textures and tastes, satisfying both the palate and the appetite!

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