FOOD MUST TRY
The most important Tanzania Cuisine is the staple food of the country. It is called Ugali. This Tanzanian Dishes can be served in Breakfast, lunch or dinner and it is the personal favourite of the local people here. The dish is prepared by rolling a tiny bit of smooth and substantial cornmeal paste until it forms into a ball. This dish is consumed by dipping it into various stews and sauces.
It is prepared with leafy vegetables such as amaranth or spinach and grated coconut, coconut milk, peanut butter, tomatoes, and onions are later added to it.The most popular Tanzania food is that served on the local streets called Mshkaki. This mouth-watering dish is prepared with skewered pieces of marinated meat such as beef, goat, or mutton that is slowly cooked over hot coals.
Some other Best Food in Tanzania -Mandazi (popular in Tanzania, Kenya Uganda), Mchemsho (trending in Northern Tanzania), Ndizinanyama(made using plantains or bananas -ndizi and meat -nyama as the main ingredients), Zanzibar Pizza and Chipsimayai or chips and eggs (staple of Tanzanian street food).
FACTS ABOUT CUISINE
- The Tanzanian dietis high on starch and meat is not eaten widely. A traditional Tanzanian lunch or dinner starts with a soup course.
- NyamaChoma, a popular grilled chicken or beef dish, is served alongside classic Tanzanian dishes such as Mbaazi Nazi(pigeon peas in a thick, rich coconut sauce), Ugali, the national food (a cornmeal staple not unlike polenta),Chapati (a simple grilled flatbread), and Kachumbari (mixed salad).
- Another of the Tanzanian safari favourites is Sukuma wiki meaning stretch the week in Swahili. A very common dish in East Africa it is easy, nutritious and delicious, it is a way of stretching out kitchen resources. Sukuma wiki is typically served with ugali and sometimes also roasted meat or fish. It would also be great served over rice, couscous or whole grains
- Pilau (wild rice/ mixed rice),Bagia, Biryani, kabab, Kashata(coconut or groundnuts rolls), Sambusa(Samosa) are widely consumed in the coastal regions. Wali Na Maharage a rice dish served with vegetables, fish or meat, Sorpotel, a tasty meat dish,Zanzibar pizza, cassava roasted over charcoal, a large variety of fresh fruits besides the incredible choice of seafood, like Tuna and succulent Mchuziwapweza (Octopus Curry) make the cuisines a delightful experience.
BASIS OF THE TANZANIAN CUISINE
What makes the Tanzania Traditional Cuisine so delicious and nutritious is the usage of starches such as millet, beans, cornmeal, sorghum, and pilaf within almost every dish.
Every Tanzania Dietmeal consists of these above key components. Also the groundnuts are used as spices to add some flavours to the dishes. A typical Tanzanian meal consists of the following:
Breakfast:Some important breakfast dishes are - Chappati, Flabread or Mandazi, fried dough served with tea.
Lunch:The lunch usually consists of Ugali or rice with beans, vegetables such as Mchicha, which are a variety of spinaches and chapatti bread. The lunch is the biggest meal of the day and is consumed around 1:00pm.
Dinner:The supper is very identical to the lunch but in addition to it the meat dishes are well-liked in this meal.
Beverage: The favourite beverage of Tanzania is Chai.