Aug 4 2011

How to cook ugali (Kenyan dish) — recipe

Ugali and stew

Kenyan stew, vegetables and ugali … mmm!

CFCA serves approximately 15,000 sponsored children and elderly in Kenya. Regina Mburu, our communications liaison in Kenya, sends us this delicious recipe for ugali!

Ugali is served as an accompaniment to meat, fish or vegetable stews. To eat ugali, pull off a small ball of mush with your fingers, form an indentation with your thumb and use it to scoop up tasty stews and other dishes.

This recipe is for four to six people.


  • Six cups of water in the cooking pot
  • Four cups of finely ground white maize meal/cornmeal

Boil the water in a heavy cooking pot. Stir in the cornmeal slowly.

Reduce heat to medium-low and continue stirring regularly, smashing any lumps that may form with a cooking stick.

As ugali continues to cook, it gets very thick. You can continue adding flour until it is thicker than mashed potatoes.

Leave it cooking for about 15 minutes, but make sure you keep turning it so that it does not get burned.

Using the cooking stick, mash it into a dome shape. Tip out your ugali onto a serving bowl.


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