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Recipes Using Ugali


Ugali is a type of maize flour porridge often served as a side dish alongside various stews, vegetables, and meats in African cuisine.

Check out our selection of ugali as well as some recipes using it below.

Ugali and Sukuma Wiki

Sukuma Wiki is a popular East African dish made with collard greens. It's often served with ugali for a nutritious and hearty meal.

  • Cook your ugali following the recipe.

  • For Sukuma Wiki:

    • Heat oil in a pan, sauté chopped onions and garlic until fragrant.

    • Add chopped collard greens and cook until they wilt.

    • Season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of curry powder or chili flakes.

Serve the Sukuma Wiki alongside the ugali.

Ugali and Nyama Choma

Nyama Choma is a popular grilled meat dish in East Africa. It's often enjoyed with ugali and a side of spicy sauces.

  • Grill your choice of meat (beef, goat, or chicken) with your favorite marinade until cooked and slightly charred.

  • Prepare the ugali following the recipe.

Serve the grilled meat alongside the ugali, with a side of kachumbari (a tomato and onion salad) and chili sauce.

Ugali and Vegetable Stew

A hearty vegetable stew pairs well with ugali for a comforting and nutritious meal.

  • Prepare your ugali following the recipe.

  • For the vegetable stew:

    • In a pot, sauté onions and garlic until translucent.

    • Add diced carrots, potatoes, bell peppers, and any other preferred vegetables.

    • Pour in vegetable or chicken broth, and add diced tomatoes.

    • Season with salt, pepper, and your choice of herbs and spices.

    • Simmer until the vegetables are tender and the flavors are well combined.

Serve the vegetable stew with the ugali.

Ugali and Fish Stew

Fish stew is a delicious option to enjoy with ugali, especially in coastal regions.

  • Prepare your ugali following the recipe.

  • For the fish stew:

    • In a pan, sauté onions and garlic until fragrant.

    • Add diced tomatoes and cook until they soften.

    • Add fish fillets, such as tilapia or cod, along with a mix of herbs and spices like paprika, cumin, and thyme.

    • Pour in fish or vegetable broth and let the stew simmer until the fish is cooked through.

Adjust the seasoning and serve the fish stew alongside the ugali.

These recipes showcase how ugali can be paired with a variety of dishes to create a balanced and flavorful meal. Feel free to customize the recipes according to your taste preferences and the ingredients available to you.

Check out our selection of ugali and enjoy with some of the recipes above.

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