Swahili cooking class – Part One

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Well hello there food lovers, whats poppin. I know I know , I have slacked abit , but that is all because my laptop crashed and of course I couldn’t access my pictures and all. But now its all good. As always gracias for the love , you keep me going and I want to  send nothing but positive vibes your way. So yeah thank you once again.

I am excited to present to you a recipe post, its a first and I am kinda nervous as to how it will turn out.

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During the Lamu food festival the organizers had arranged a cooking class for me and my onja team. It was a chance for us to learn and know how to cook different swahili dishes. Talk about icing on the cake because we were leaving Lamu with the know how of how to cook swahili dishes, some though. They are simple dishes but some I have never heard of. The dishes are good and the ingredients are really easy to find at your local food market. This recipe post will be a three part , the first one will be the swahili pizza, followed by faluda and chakula cha mkono. I hope you enjoy the read.

Our lovely teacher for this class was Ummu . She owns a restaurant called Shela Sea-Suq with her husband in Shela. Lamu pizza is a simple dish and easy to make trust me I made it at home a few days back and it turned out okay. Its a light dish and good for snacking. Ummu was such a great teacher, she was patient and had a good sense of humor. She answered all the questions we asked and stopped when we needed to take pictures of the different steps. So if you guys ever go to Lamu specifically in Shela  pop in, in her super cool restaurant next to the beach.

Swahili Pizza

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Ingredients

Here are the ingredients that you will need.

½  kg wheat flour                                 ½ kg boneless chicken

¼ kg onions                                           ¼ kg cooking oil

¼ kg  french beans                                ¼ kg cauliflower

One carrot                                                    One green pepper

Five eggs                                                       One chicken cube

One dhania/coriander                               One tbsp of black pepper

¼ kg broccoli                                               One tsp of salt

¼ kg peas

 

Method

Boil the chicken and dice it in to small pieces.

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Steam the broccoli, french beans and cauliflower.

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Chop the carrots , dice the onions and the coriander into small bits. Then take a pan or sufuria and add a tbspn of cooking oil. Let the oil get hot and then add the onions.

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Fry it for a minute then add the black pepper and stir. Add the carrots but don’t forget to keep stirring.

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Add the steamed veggies and the peas.

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Give it a minute or two for it cook. Then add in the diced chicken.

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Sprinkle the chicken cube and add a small amount of water to cook. After five minutes remove the chicken and veggie mixture from the fire and set it aside to cool. Take a bowl and crack five eggs and whisk it. Take the whisked egg and add it into the mixture, make sure you get it all in.

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Mix the flour with a bit of cooking fat and salt in a bowl with warm water. Knead it until soft then cut them into small round balls about 2 inch diameter.

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Take a rolling pin and roll each ball , then spread the base of the dough with fat then fold. Roll it again until its flat towards each point.

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Take the pastry and heat it a bit note you do not use oil in this step.The layers will separate by itself.

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For this step take the mixture made during the first steps and add it into the layers.

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Add fat to the cooking pan and let it get hot. Using a spatula carefully lift the filled pastry and place it on the hot oil .

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Let it cook on one side then flip it to the other .

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When ready let it cool abit and finally serve.

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This dish will easily go well with  tamarind , mango and orange juice, either one of them will be perfect. By the way you can spruce this dish up , instead of using chicken you can use beef, fish and even soya. Who knows you may actually love it.

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Thank you reading.

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