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Most of us are not big fans of one of our country's local delicacies, i.e. Githeri. Githeri is a Kenyan traditional meal of maize and beans that is mixed and boiled together. The mixture is put together in a sufuria or pot, water is then added and the mixture boiled until the food is cooked and ready to be fried. This is because most of us cook a flat and tasteless meal that even the little ones do not want to be bothered to try. Often the meal is avoided due to its basic taste but below is a recipe that is sure to have your friends and family grabbing seconds. The meal comes out delicious and tasty. Githeri is a meal that can be enjoyed any time of the day, be it at breakfast, lunch, or dinner accompanied with a cup of tea, coffee, or soft drink.
· 500g pre-boiled githeri (3 cups)
· 250g Potatoes/ 3 medium-sized potatoes
· One large onion
· One sizeable green capsicum/hoho
· 2 Medium-sized tomatoes
· 4 Royco cubes
· 3 pieces cubed carrots
· 1 coriander/dhania bunch (chop and separate the stems and leaves in separate bowls)
· 1 teaspoon Curry powder
· 1 teaspoon Cumin
· 1 teaspoon Mixed spices
· Vegetable oil for cooking
· Salt to your taste
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1. Put oil in your pot/sufuria and fry your onions until they change to a light brown color.
2. Add in your potatoes and continue stirring,
3. Add salt to your taste and stir.
4. Add in your spices (cumin, curry powder, and mixed spices) and stir your mix. You can add alternative spices of your choice as you are not limited to the ones stated.
5. Add in the stems from the coriander/dhania and stir. The stalk is tastier and packs many flavors, so this is the best stage to add it in as it will be better absorbed in your meal. Cover your potatoes and let them simmer for 2 minutes.
6. Add in your chopped or blended tomatoes and give it a good stir, cover and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
7. Add in your pre-boiled and washed githeri, diced carrots, royco cubes, and let it simmer for about 5 minutes to allow your githeri to absorb the spices.
8. You can add in your diced green capsicum/hoho at this stage if you like them crunchy, or you can fry them with your onions if you want them well cooked.
9. Your githeri is now cooked and ready to serve. At this stage, you can add in the coriander/dhania leaves to give your meal a lovely garnish.
10. Serve it with a nice guacamole salad (avocado, onion, and tomato) and some fresh chilli for those who like it spicy.
Take-home: You do not have to cook githeri with spices if you do not wish to. The key to having delicious githeri is to ensure your ingredients of choice are well cooked because this will ensure the githeri absorbs all of that good flavor. You can also substitute the red onions for the green leafy one, which makes it absolutely delicious. For those who love it plain and simple, you can either eat with a little bit of salt or stir fry it with onions.
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