Kuku Kienyeji


For the spice blend
1 tablespoon of dried rosemary
1 tablespoon of whole black pepper seeds
1 tablespoon of cumin seeds
1/2 a tablespoon of chili flakes
3 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf
1/2 a teaspoon of turmeric
1/2 a tablespoon minced ginger

Other Ingredients:
1 kuku kienyeji (free range chicken), chopped into pieces
1 red onion, finely chopped
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
2 tomatoes, minced
Salt to taste
Vegetable oil for frying
Coriander for garnish

Let’s make our spice blend first :)). I decided to go with: rosemary, clove, cinnamon, bay leaves, turmeric, chili flakes, cumin and black pepper. All the spices were whole, which i proceeded to slightly toast, then crush with a kinu (pestle and mortar) since my spice crusher decided to break on this very day sob! I purchased ALL my whole spices from Tuskys but they are also available in CarreFour, Chandarana and Nakumatt with prices ranging between 60bob-180bob. You can use already crushed spices too though. I like crushing my own since I like my spice blend not to be too fine. Also, you can adjust the ratio of the spices and the mix to fit your preference and that is what makes cooking fun!

Recipe Credit: protecteddmca.com
Picture Credit: Terry Bob

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