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How To Make Ugali & Beef Stew


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How to make Ugali in a few short steps.

For tourist visiting Kenya in the Eastern part of Africa, one of the foods that to eat is Ugali with Beef stew. You should not leave Kenyan without tasting Ugali and a stew of choice. It is the essence of Kenya and the best of the culture.

It is the fastest way to identify with a Kenyan and get the best experience from visiting Kenya. There are so many Kenyan dishes but this comes highly recommended by the people of Kenyan in East Africa.

As one of the exotic foods in Africa, you can eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is a very healthy meaL.

How To Make Ugali & Beef Stew
Ugali on a plate – yum!

How to Make Ugali – Healthy Dishes

Learn how to make Ugali when you follow these steps. African food is typically healthy and very tasty. One of the very tasty ones is Ugali. It can be taken with an accompaniment and water or juices. It is eaten in many homes in Africa. This meal is served in restaurants and hotels in East Africa for tourists.

Ugali is a common meal across Africa. It is a common meal eaten across East Africa. Ugali is commonly eaten with the hands.

It is affordable, gluten free and easily available anywhere in East Africa.

You can also make it very easily in your AirBnB if you are a visiting tourist in Africa. All you need are the equipment for making the dish and careful application of the written directions in the recipe.

You wash your hands in a bowl and then scoop some Ugali from the plate and dab into the beef stew, then put it in your mouth.

How to Make Ugali – The Parts that Make up Ugali

This meal is a dish made from corn flour, millet flour & Sorghum flour. You can sometimes mixed with it Cassava flour. Then cook in boiling water or milk. You stir until it forms a firm white smooth mass. It is commonly eaten in South Africa, Kenya, Namibia and most of East Africa.

In many Kenyan homes, This meal is eaten daily. Many Kenyans have attested to the fact that Ugali can be eaten every day because you can use different soups to eat Ugali. It takes patience to make the perfect Ugali. Ugali should not have lumps or crumbs. If it looks like porridge when you are making it, you should add more flour to improve the consistency.

For this recipe, we will be using the beef recipe. Other soups that you can eat with Ugali are tomato sauce, tomato eggs, and onion eggs, with some Collard Greens. It can also be called Sukuma Wiki. For the purpose of this recipe, we will be using the beef stew.

You can find all of these ingredients in the market or at supermarket or malls in Kenya. You can also find them in many parts of East Africa.

How To Make Ugali & Beef Stew
How to make Ugali – Implements used in making Ugali

How to make Ugali – Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Maize Meal Flour
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 1 Glass of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of oil or water

How to Make Ugali – Method

  • Pour water into a pot and let it simmer until boiling point. Allow to boil or the meal will not be properly done
  • Mix the flour with a masher spoon to beat out the lumps in the Ugali. Do not allow the dish burn you.
  • The ration of water to flour is 2:1, maize to flour quantity.
  • Pour a good amount of the Maize Meal Flour. Wait a bit as the water boils.
  • Turn the mixture of water and Maize Meal Flour; add more flour in bits as you turn the mixture.
  • The mixture will start becoming thicker and appealing to eat.
  • Sprinkle more flour, mix with your wooden ladle, and add more flour. The meal will begin to become firm.
  • Hold the handle of the pot with mittens to protect your hands, and stir the flour into itself.

How to make Ugali – cont’d

  • Then cover it and heat it up. As it firms, it begins coming off the sides of the cooking pan. If your the meal is hard, it will crack. The goal is to strike a balance; you do not want the meal to be too hard or too soft.
  • Shape the meal like a cake. As you keep turning, it will start giving off a very good aroma. Now you know the Ugali is getting adequate cooking.
  • Turn the heat down and leave the Ugali in the cooking pan to cook. Then turn it up again.
  • Turn it from the Cooking pan into a plate preferably white so that you can see your good work.
  • Cover the plate with the cooking pan for a few minutes and dip the wooden spoon in water.
  • A finished product looks like the first image. If it is shapeless, shape it into something appealing to you using the wet wooden spoon.
  • Many prefer a rounded shape. When your hand picks up some, it will be firm and soft but not too soft.
  • For the purpose of this recipe. Ugali will be accompanied by beef stew.
How To Make Ugali & Beef Stew
How to make Ugali – Kenyan Beef Stew Ingredients

How to make Ugali – Beef Stew


  • vegetable oil
  • A large onion
  • 1 1/2 lbs beef
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, minced or grated
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 tsp hot paprika
  • 1 tsp homemade curry powder
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 potato
  • 2 cups beef stock, as needed (2 cups)
How To Make Ugali & Beef Stew
How to make Ugali – Kenyan Beef Stew

How to make Ugali – Method For Making Beef Stew:

  • Start chopping all the ingredients in the preparation for the beef stew.
  • Chop the carrots, tomatoes, carrot, potatoes and beef in medium chops. Make it big enough to chew comfortably.
  • Fry the onions until they are brown using the frying pan.
  • Then increase the heat and add beef and fry until brown. You may fry in batches as this gives the best result.
  • Add the chopped garlic, hot paprika and curry to the mix for seasoning.
  •  If you do not like spicy stew, you can add sweet paprika.
  • Next is the mix of carrots, tomatoes and potatoes to the fried onions.
  • Add some of the stock in the mix and season with salt.
  • Simmer until thick. Allow ingredients absorb the broth. Now it is yum.
  • Serve with Ugali and the stew. Preparing the stew takes about an hour. This portion serves four people.

How to Make Ugali – Words you may not know

Kenyan – A country in East Africa

Ugali – A popular staple food in Kenya

Potatoes – A root crop that is sweet and carbohydrate based

Carrots – It is a root fruit. You can eat on its own or add to other dishes

Beef – Parts of a cow

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