Tanzanian Cuisine and Recipes

Tanzanian cuisine is both unique and widely varied. Along the coastal regions (Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Bagamoyo, Zanzibar, and Pemba), spicy foods are common, and there is also much use of coconut milk. Regions in Tanzania's mainland also have their own unique foods. Some typical mainland Tanzanian foods include rice (wali), ugali (maize porridge), chapati (a kind of bread), nyama choma (grilled meat), mshikaki (marinated beef), fish, pilau, biryani, and ndizi-nyama (plantains with meat). Commonly used vegetables include bamia (okra), mchicha (a kind of spinach), njegere (green peas), maharage (beans), and kisamvu (cassava leaves).


Kashata Za Nazi – Swahili Coconut Snacks

The Kashata (originally from Swahili) is eaten all across Eastern Africa, and is best described as a kind of biscuit, cooked over an open fire. Since African food does not have many deserts, this are generally eaten after dinner, but are also often served as an appetiser or even as a simple snack.

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Mandazi – African Doughnuts

Mandazi is similar to doughnuts, having a little bit of a sweet taste which can be differentiated with the addition of different ingredients. However; they are typically less sweet than the Australian style of doughnuts and are served without any glazing or frosting.

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