Kenyan Ugali and Sukuma Wiki Recipe:


  • 2 cups of maize flour (cornmeal)
  • 4 cups of water
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 bunches of sukuma wiki (collard greens), washed and chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a large saucepan, bring the water to a boil.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the maize flour with a little water to form a smooth paste.
  3. Slowly pour the maize flour mixture into the boiling water, stirring continuously to avoid lumps.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and continue stirring the mixture for about 10-15 minutes until it thickens and forms a stiff consistency.
  5. Add salt to taste and continue stirring for another 2-3 minutes. The ugali should be smooth and firm. Remove from heat and set aside.
  6. In another pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat.
  7. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and sauté until the onion becomes translucent.
  8. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook until they soften.
  9. Add the sukuma wiki (collard greens) and stir well. Cook for about 5-7 minutes until the greens wilt and become tender.
  10. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Serve the ugali and sukuma wiki together as a traditional Kenyan meal. Scoop the ugali using your hands or a spoon, and use it to pick up the sukuma wiki. Enjoy!

Note: Ugali is a staple food in Kenya, often served with a variety of stews, vegetables, or meats. Sukuma wiki is a popular vegetable dish made with collard greens. It is named “sukuma wiki,” which means “stretch the week” in Swahili, indicating that it is an affordable and common dish that can be enjoyed throughout the week.



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