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 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 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.
This is a potato mash that includes a corn and green peas combo. Whether prepared to mop gravy as in Kenya’s nyama na irio or as a side for say, a typical East African Nyama Choma or a West African suya kebab, Irio is a fantastic mash.