Githeri recipe: Githeri is one of the oldest Kenyan traditional foods. Many communities in Kenya have their different methods of cooking githeri. Kenyan githeri is popular because many homes cultivate maize and beans which are the basic ingredients of githeri. Also the prices of beans and maize are affordable compared to other foodstuffs. This is why you will find many families cooking githeri. It’s almost as popular as Cooking Ugali.
Kenyan githeri is also nutritious as it contains starch and proteins that will give you energy the whole day. Githeri is one of the popular kikuyu traditional food. Though githeri recipe is prepared in different ways in the various communities in Kenya. The Luo community call it “Nyoyo” while the Kikuyu call it muthere or mutheri. This is maize and kidney beans (any beans) cooked slowly in liquid and served hot. It is usually eaten as a main meal or blended with some vegetables or potatoes.
What is Githeri in English
I have never come across any meaning of githeri in English. What I can tell you is that its maize and beans mixed and boiled together to make a meal. Let’s have a look at how to cook githeri using our simple kenyan githeri recipe
The githeri recipe below will take you about 15 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes cooking time. Below are the details of our githeri recipe.
- Recipe serves: 4 persons
- Preparation time: 15 min
- Cooking time: 20 min
- 2 cups (240 g) boiled young maize
- 3 cups (360 g) boiled beans
- 3 Tbsp. (45 ml) cooking oil
- 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) curry powder
- 2 tsp. (10 ml) Royco Mchuzi Mix (beef variant)
- 1 cup (250 ml) orange juice, freshly squeezed (optional)
- 2 Tbsp. grated orange rind (optional)
- Salt to taste
Directions on How to Cook Githeri
The following are the simple directions on how to cook githeri. Just follow the simple Kenyan githeri recipe steps to make yourself a delicious meal.
- Take a medium size cooking pot (sufuria) and heat the cooking oil in it
- Add the beans, maize and curry powder
- Stir and cook on a high heat for 5 minutes
- Take a cup and add 2 tsp of Royco and mix with some water
- Pour the Royco mix to the pan
- Stir your food well and allow to simmer.
- If the liquid in the pot decreases add salt to taste
- Then Stir and allow to simmer for another 3 minutes
- Your food is ready and you can serve while still hot
Few tips on Cooking Githeri
Some people usually add Orange juice while cooking githeri to add citrus flavor. Others add slices of Avocado to give it some smooth taste. You can also add potatoes to your Kenyan githeri recipe to give it some yummy taste. You can try out any of these tips to make different types of githeri.
We hope that with our simple Kenyan githeri recipe, you will enjoy cooking githeri and share your experiences with us.