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Recipe and steps for making sweet githeri

Cooking Time

30 Minutes

Recipe Category

Main dish

Recipe Cuisine


Cooking Method

Frying and simmering





87 mg

Total Fat

0 g


120 mg


0 g

Total Carbs

250 g


0 g

Dietary Fiber

22 g


0 g


0 g


0 g


28 g


0 mg



Vitamin A




Vitamin C




*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


Recipe Ingredients

430g pre boiled maize

760g beans

2 medium sized tomatoes, pureed

1 large onion

3 Cloves garlic- finely minced

2” ginger- finely minced

3 spring onions

1 large potato- cut into small cubes

2 Large carrots

½ green hoho (green bell pepper)

1 Chilli beef cube

1Tbs curry powder

20g unsalted Butter

2Tbs vegetable oil

5 large spinach leaves

Recipe Instructions

  1. Heat your sufuria on medium heat and then add the vegetable oil and butter followed by the onions and cook them until they just turn brown.
  2. Add the ginger and garlic and cook for a minute and then add the curry powder, which you will cook for a minute to cook off the raw taste and aroma.
  3. Add sliced tomatoes and beef chilli cube, stir, cover and reduce heat to a low simmer. Cook for about five minutes or until the mixture reduces thickens.
  4. Add potato cubes, cover and simmer until al dente before adding the carrots and spinach. Cover and simmer about 2 minutes for the spinach to wilt and the flavours to marry together.
  5. Add carrots and spring onions then simmer for about a minute before adding the maize and beans.
  6. Next, add all the beef stock or water just enough to suit your preferences.
  7. Add salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste.
  8. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes for the sauce to thicken and all the flavours to come together.
  9. Finally, add the dhania and hoho and simmer for just a minute. Turn off the heat and serve.
  10. Garnish with coriander and spring onions. You can also squeeze fresh lemon juice to awaken all the flavors on your plate.

About Kenyan Githeri

Githeri is a Kenyan-born food that is comprised of maize, beans, spinach or cabbage all together. It is hailed of being a whole meal because it is a balanced diet. Every household can customize the githeri by cooking it in their own unique style.

Githeri is readily available in local hotels famously referred to as Kibandaski.

 It is cheap for a normal meal and gained popularity during the Kenyan August 8 elections. One man called Martin Kamotho was photographed carrying a transparent bag full of Githeri.

The queue was long so he bought a bag of Githeri to keep busy. He immediately became a nationwide sensation with many Kenyans joining in taking up Githeri. In fact a dance was formed in honour of Githeri and the Githeri man in the song Kanashika.

Reviewer Rating

I rate Kenyan Githeri 4 out of 5


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