A taste of Mombasa

June 9, 2013 2:25 pm0 comments by:

We love spending time in the kitchen creating delicious food for friends and family, using fresh, seasonal produce. And whether we’re treating them to lunch or afternoon tea, it always tastes better when we use our favourite ingredient. Today I will share with you two recipes from Mombasa.

1.Vibibi – Rice Pancakes


Rice – 2 Cups (soaked overnight)

Coconut milk – 1.5 Cups

Yeast – 1 teaspoons

Flour – 1 tablespoon

Cardamom – 1 teaspoon

Sugar – 1 Cup


Dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Add a pinch of sugar and set aside, until yeast mixture foams.

Blend the rice and the Coconut milk until smooth. Add the yeast, flour, cardamom in the mixture and mix it all up. Cover in a warm place to let it rise.

When  the batter has doubled in size, add the sugar and mix well. Make sure your batter is not too thick, if it is just add a little milk.

Heat up your griddle or skillet, and spread about 1 tablespoon of oil. When hot, pour some of the batter into the griddle or skillet and spread to form a circle just like the way you would make pancakes. When golden brown on the bottom and flip it carefully. Repeat the process, adding more oil when necessary.Enjoy!


2.Mbahazi/Mbaazi za Nazi



Pigeon peas –   1 Cup (frozen or if dry, soak them overnight)

Coconut milk – 1 Can

Onion –             1 medium; finely chopped

Garlic –             2 cloves minced

Ginger –            1 inch grated or you can use ginger powder

Green Chilies – 2 to 3 minced (optional)

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon
Salt to taste

Cilantro/Coriander- a few sprigs, chopped fine



In a large pot, combine pigeon peas and just enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer until the peas begin to become tender and most of the water is absorbed.

Fry the chopped Onions in medium-hot oil, when golden brown, add the Garlic, Ginger and Chillies. Now add the boiled Pigeon Peas, the Coconut Milk, Turmeric and Salt.Cook for 3o minutes. If necessary add a little water. Add the chopped coriander. Enjoy!

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