Submitted by:
Lucy Ombaka, Hannover, Deutschland

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1kg Irish potatoes or firm boiling potatoes
200g finely chopped spinach (frozen works well)
3 cups soft maize off the cob
A bunch of spring onions, finely chopped
A spoonful of cooking oil
Salt to taste

1. Peel the potatoes and bring to boil with just enough water, add in the soft maize and salt to taste. Boil until both ingredients are soft.

2. Drain off any excess water, add the spinach and leave to cook for 3 minutes, then mash the mixture together to obtain a smooth dough-like texture.

3. In a separate pan, heat the oil and fry the spring onions, then add the mashed ingredients. Continue to mash and turn the mixture for about 5 minutes.

4. There you go, enjoy your Mukimo, serve with meat or chicken stew or any vegetable star-fry.


Like many Kenyans living abroad, I still prefer to cook and eat traditional Kenyan dishes. The trouble is many of these require ingredients that are not available in most supermarkets in Hannover, Germany where I currently live. Moreover, a number of our local dishes require lots of preparation time. Not so for Mukimo, this is a super delicious dish, loved by many including us and very easy to prepare within reasonable periods. It is a traditional Kikuyu (one of the tribes in Kenya) dish but eaten by many Kenyans. Hope you are able to try it and find it delicious.

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