Cuisine: Ugandan

Oven-baked yam tortilla with ham

Oven-baked yam tortilla with ham

This is where Africa, the Caribbean and other tropical locales meet Spain. Tortilla as some of you know is the English name for the Spanish favourite tortilla de patatas, traditionally made with eggs, potatoes and onion. in this version yam is the base instead of potatoes and a lot more ingredients are added to give it more flavour.

Kuku Paka (East Africa’s fine coconut curry)

Kuku Paka (East Africa’s fine coconut curry)

Kuku Paka also known as Kuku na Nazi is an East African coconut curry sauce popular in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. It is thought that the word “paka” may have its origins in India. Kuku, however, is closer home. It means chicken in Swahili. This is a creamy, somewhat sweet, spicy and rich curry that had one of my guests asking if it was Mafe – groundnut stew. It shares the same yellowish sandy colour with groundnut soup.

Wali wa Nazi (East Africa’s popular coconut rice)

Wali wa Nazi (East Africa’s popular coconut rice)

Wali wa Nazi is coconut rice popular amongst the Swahili people of East Africa. It owes its popularity to the plentiful coconut trees along the East African coast.