Kenyan Food

Kenyan food can be used as a marketing tool for all prospective tourists.

There is a variety of options to choose from the Kenyan food,such that one cannot go wrong.

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What you need to know about Kenyan food 

Kenya is currently divided into 8 provinces. Each of these regions have a unique culture. The staple food found in Kenya is also dependent of the geographic location of the population group.

A visitor in Kenya might not know the kind of food to order for when visiting Kenyan eating joints. These joints also vary from 5 star hotels to kiosks by the road side. Some visitors whose goal while in Kenya, may involve sampling local food, might not know what food is considered a local delicacy.

Listed below are samples of Kenyan  food delicacies that visitors can try out. These Kenyan  foods can be found in hotels or in some instances, those who go camping can also prepare some of these foods for themselves or their families.

Whilst in Kenya, every visitor can try out these delicacies dependent on where they are visiting.

‘Nyama Choma’

This is a delicacy in Kenya, and every one visiting Kenya must try it.

Nyama’ is a Kiswahili [One of Kenya’s official language] word for meat; while ‘choma’ is a Kiswahili word for ‘roasted’

Any type of meat, either red or white can be roasted over charcoal or grilled.

The ingredients required include:

  • Beef(any quantity).This can be replaced with chicken, mutton, or pork
  • Marinade the beef in spices(depending on one’s choice)
  • Lemon
  • Salt: as seasoning


  • Mix the lemon juice and selected  spices
  • Prepare beef  and marinade it in the  lemon juice mixture
  • Let the beef stay in the marinade for at least one hour.
  • Cut the beef into slices
  • Place a grill on a charcoal stove(locally known as “Jiko”)
  • Place the beef onto the grill
  • Allow the beef to cook slowly until  its brown on both sides
  • Remove the beef once the inside is pale brown.
  • Serve it hot with any available accompaniment such as ugali, chips.

Isindu (quails)

This is a delicacy among the Luhya community. They are the equivalent of the Biblical manna God provided to the Israelites.


  • Quails (Number  of birds is dependent on the consumers of this dish.I quail is enough for 1 person)
  • 4 tbsp “mukereka” (this is the traditional  form of bicarbonate of soda)
  • Salt to taste
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes


  • Remove feathers from the quail while its still alive
  • Roast the quail  on fire
  • Make perforations on the quail’s body using a knife for the “mukereka”, and salt to  penetrate
  • Boil it in water for  10 minutes
  • Once tender, fry the onions till brown,
  • Add in  tomatoes to make a paste
  • Add the quails into the onion and tomato paste and  cook for 30 minutes (ensure some sauce is left)
  • Serve with ugali
  • Serve 4-5 people

Kenyan food is very tasty and unique.

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