My 'I Love Kenya' Meal ♥
This is one of the most typical E/African meals. Ugali (also known as Sima) with Spinach (Mchicha), Potatoes in tomato gravy and Fried Fish.
For Potatoes in Gravy
Take your bunch of fresh spinach. Wash/clean and get the leaves off the stems. Discard stems and drain the leaves then chop them into very thin slices.
Heat some oil in a pan, add a few methi (fenugreek) leaves followed by the onions. Fry until they are a nice light brown, then add a slited green chilli and the garlic paste. Fry together for a minute then add the capsicum and spices. Let this cook for a bit and release its aroma, then add the tomato paste followed by the chopped spinach. Give them a stir in your pan and add the blended tomatoes, and salt. Cover and let this cook, giving it a stir every so often. The spinach will reduce drastically in amount. Do not cook the spinach too long, you will lose all the nutrients from it otherwise. About 10 minutes should be good enough. You can add water to help it get done if it dries up too quickly. Once it's done to your liking, squeeze in the lemon juice then garnish with coriander and serve.
You can access the recipe for the Fried Fish
Heat the water with the pinch of salt in a sturdy pan. When it's quite warm but not boiling hot, start to gradually add your maizemeal a little bit at a time whilst stirring with a wooden spoon. Avoid forming lumps, break them down with the spoon as soon as they form. Keep the heat on medium to low. Keep gradually adding a bit of maizemeal at a time whilst stirring continuously. It will thicken the more you add the maizemeal. If you stop stirring, lumps will form and that wouldn't taste good!
So remember to keep on stirring and stirring until it's the consistency is a bit thicker than of mashed potatoes. Thick but not solid. This should take anywhere between 5-8 minutes depending on the heat you were making it at. You might not need to use up all the maizemeal, stop adding when you find the consistency is right (you should be able to easily turn the wooden spoon and stir). Turn it over into a hot pot and keep warm until ready to serve!
Enjoy with veggies or gravy or curry. :)