Ugali with Vegetable Sauce: A Kenyan Recipe

Ugali (pronounced oo-ga-ly) is the staple starch component of many meals in Kenya. In fact, it is a staple food in many different African regions, although it may be known by a different name depending on the location. Ugali is generally made from maize flour and water, which is cooked into a dough-like consistency and then used to dip into other dishes during a meal, such as green vegetables or stew. This is an enjoyable food that will also fill you up for hours at a time.

Ugali is extremely easy to make and quite delicious. It is a recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation for a really long time. There’s no stress whatsoever involved…just a little heat.

Here’s what you need;

  • Six cups of water in the cooking pot
  • Four cups of finely ground white maize meal/cornmeal

This is how to make Kenyan Ugali;

  • Boil the water in a heavy cooking pot. Stir in the cornmeal slowly.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and continue stirring regularly, smashing any lumps that may form with a cooking stick.
  • As Ugali continues to cook, it gets very thick. You can continue adding flour until it is thicker than mashed potatoes.
  • Leave it cooking for about 15 minutes, but make sure you keep turning it so that it does not get burned.
  • Using the cooking stick, mash it into a dome shape. Tip out your Ugali onto a serving bowl.
  • Serve hot with vegetables.

To make the Vegetable (Pumpkin Leaves) Sauce to go with Ugali, you need; 

  • Fluted pumpkin leaves
  • Tomatoes
  • Groundnuts powder
  • Salt
  • Onions
  • Water

To cook, you need to;

  • Boil a bit of water in a pot
  • Add pumpkin leaves and wait for 5 minutes
  • Add tomatoes, onion, groundnuts powder and salt
  • Cover the pot and wait for another 5 minutes
  • Serve with Ugali.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. gustavowoltmann101 says:

    I never tried this before. Look like it has a good taste and very healthy. Thank you for the step on how to prepare this food I will try this soon.


    1. omachona says:

      Thank you Gustav. Please follow us for more recipes from Africa.


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