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How to make kienyeji mukimo

Mukimo is a healthy meal consisting of mashed produces that can be eaten alone or accompanied by meat stews

In Summary

• Mukimo is predominantly from communities living around the Mount Kenya region. 

• You can choose to add and remove ingredients in regards to your preferences and you can fry the ingredients before boiling them for added flavour.

A plate of mukimo served with steamed cabbage and fried chicken pieces
A plate of mukimo served with steamed cabbage and fried chicken pieces
Image: HANNIE PETRA

Mukimo is a traditional Kenyan food that is made from boiled mashed bananas, potatoes, and greens.

It may also include black beans, soft boiled maize, or peas, depending on preferences.

And is predominantly from communities living around the Mount Kenya region. 

The beauty of this meal is it's versatile.

You can choose to add and remove ingredients in regards to your preferences and you can fry the ingredients before boiling them for added flavour.

Mukimo is not only delicious but also very healthy, and is usually served as an accompaniment to a meat-based stew.

Prep time: 30 min

Cook time: 40 min

Ingredients

  • 9 potatoes
  • 6 green bananas
  • 3 cups chopped spinach or pumpkin leaves
  • 1 cup peas (optional)
  • 3 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • Margarine
  •  1 cup of milk (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

1. Peel the potatoes and dice them up into quarters.

2. Wash the potatoes and soak in water.

3. Peel the green bananas and cut them up into 3 parts (be careful not to get the gum from the bananas on your clothes as it stains)

.4. Places the potatoes and bananas into a pot and bring to boil

5. Add the greens, beans, and garlic into the pot

6. Boil for 30 min or until the bananas and potatoes are soft, on medium heat.

7. Turn off the heat and pour out excess water from the cooking pot

8. Add the margarine and milk while mashing the food with a wooden spoon until all blends well. 

Serve while hot.

Note: To avoid the gum from the green bananas sticking into your arms, wet them with cooking oil before you start handling them.

Alternatively, if you'd already started, before washing your hands rub them on nylon paper.

Mukimo blends well with beef stew but any other meat of choice may be used. Nothing says festive season like a delicious, hot, home-cooked meal. 

Edited by D Tarus