Mukimo with Beef Stew

by Keesha
Keesha's Mukimo with Beef Stew

Mukimo (Moh-Kee-Moh) which is also known as irio is a famous Kenyan dish originating from the Kikuyu tribe. Mukimo means mashed and the dish is basically the African answer to mashed potatoes. It can be found across the entire country, although in different variations and combinations. The traditional Mukimo is made out of boiled beans, maize and potatoes and can easily take a few hours to prepare (but it is worth it!).

You can serve Mukimo with any kind of stew. My preference is to serve it with beef stew but if you prefer the vegetarian version, it tastes lovely with Kachumbari as well. Mukimo is mostly served during events, especially in the Kikuyu community and there is no proper Kikuyu wedding or birthday without Mukimo!

Mukimo with Beef Stew

By Keesha Serves: 4
Cooking Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • • Mukimo
  • Large Potatoes (2 kg)
  • Green Peas (1 kg)
  • Corn
  • Butter (optional)
  • • Beef Stew
  • 1 kg Beef
  • 2 large Onions
  • Crushed Garlic
  • Crushed Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of tomato paste
  • Bell pepper (green, yellow and red) cut in stripes
  • Salt to taste
  • Desired Spices
  • Dark Soy Sauce

Instructions

1

• Mukimo

2

Peel the potatoes and wash them clean

3

Put the potatoes, peas and corn in a big pot and add enough water to cover the content.

4

Cover the pot with a lid and boil it for 30-40 minutes

5

Once ready, drain the excess water

6

Add salt to taste and butter

7

Mash it until the potatoes are fully mashed and keep checking if there is enough salt

8

Chop the onions

9

In a separate pan heat oil and caramelize the onions

10

Add the caramelized onions to the potatoes and mix everything with the wooden spoon until well combined.

11

• Beef Stew

12

Cook the beef in a pot at low heat until all water dries up

13

Add onions, crushed garlic and ginger, let it cook in medium fire

14

Add tomato paste, salt, dark soy sauce and the desired spices

15

Let it cook for 10 minutes

16

Add the bell peppers and stir it

17

Cover the pot and let it cook for 10 minutes

18

Serve hot with Mokimo

Notes

Soy sauce and spices tend to have salt in them, so be careful not to oversalt it.

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