The Tanzanian Cuisines – setting new Landmarks!

What makes the food of Tanzaniastand out is the mixed cultural heritage that it offers. Tanzanian Cuisines that are the basis of the common heritage that this land shares with other cultures attract thousands of food bloggers, travel enthusiasts, cultural travellers and tourists every year. The Tanzania Safari Tours are incomplete without tasting significant taste of the yummy cuisines of this East African country.

As you travel to this indigenous land of native Africans you will seep in into its diversity and uniqueness and dive deep into its history.

When in Tanzania you must try these!

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.

Mchicha is another delicious Tanzanian vegetarian dish.

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).

Where do the Tanzanian Cuisines find their Origin?

Interestingly there are more than 120 ethnic groups of Asian and European origins that live in Tanzania's mainland and coastline. The Tanzanian Cuisine finds its diversity in the cultural tastes of these different ethnic groups. The Tanzania Food Recipes have originated from various different contributors like:

  • The Muslims who had set up a trade route in Tanzania and travelled to and fro from the country in 800 A.D.

The Islamic taste of cuisines is present in the islands of Zanzibar and the coastlines of Tanzania.

  • The Portuguese contributed in introducing the cassava, which is a root containing a large amount of starch, and the groundnuts.

  • The British are responsible for the presence of tea plantations in Tanzania.

  • The Germans established coffee plantations.

Quick Facts about the Tanzanian Cuisine

  • The Tanzanian diet is 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.

The coastal cuisine is spicy compared to the mainland, thanks to its strategic location on the trade routes.

  • 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.

  • Desserts are always fruit based and flavoured with coconut and honey .Kaimati, dough fritters coated in warm honey syrup is a mouthful of heaven, to say the least.

The 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.

Apart from this these dishes have three main ingredients:

  • Coconut and its derivatives.

  • Beans.

  • Every Tanzania Diet meal 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.

Yearning to taste these diverse Tanzanian cuisines?

The Tanzanian spread of cuisines is an eclectic mix of flavours textures and food influences that cause an explosion of tastes in your mouth

Infused with best influences of Arabic, Portuguese, Indian, European culinary cultures, and Tanzanian plate is an assortment of indigenous produce colliding with eastern spices to make a delicious meal. If you desire to know more about these luscious dishes of the safaris in Tanzania you can contact our safari experts or read from our very informative Tanzania Safari Faq's page. Our well trained travel guides make the safari vacations of all our clients unforgettable and valuable. They also provide various helpful Tanzania Safari Tips to make the travel of all our clients risk and hassle free.

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