9 ICONIC EAST AFRICAN DISHES

When I think about East African countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania — I instantly imagine the breathtaking views, healthy wildlife, and rich culture associated with them.

Many people, however, don’t realize that East Africa is also home to some of the most flavorful cuisines.

TIBS

In Ethiopia, Tibs is considered the go-to meat dish and usually consists of beef or lamb strips sauteed in butter, garlic, onions, pepper, and rosemary.

SHIRO

A popular Ethiopian fasting food. It’s a tasty chickpea or bean puree with minced garlic, onions, tomatoes, and peppers.

BEYAYNETU

Considered Ethiopia’s most famous vegetarian dish, the word beyaynetu translates to “a bit of every type.” Beyaynetu consists of a platter of injera topped with different vegan curries and vegetables.

UGALI

A cornmeal porridge similar to polenta, ugali is a popular dish throughout Kenya. It has many names like gauli, ngima, and sadza.

NYAMA CHOMA

A delicious roasted meat dish. Freshly-slaughtered goat and beef are the top choices for meat, but chicken and fish options are also suitable.

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