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Recipe and steps for making Kuku paka

Cooking Time

30 mins

Recipe Category

Main dish

Recipe Cuisine


Cooking Method






910 mg

Total Fat

88 g


0 mg


40 g

Total Carbs

61 g


0 g

Dietary Fiber

11 g


0 g


16 g


0 g


69 g


248 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

  • Chicken, cut into pieces -- 3 pounds
  • Onion, chopped -- 1
  • Hot chile peppers, chopped -- 2 or 3
  • Ginger, peeled and chopped -- 2 tablespoons
  • Garlic, chopped -- 2 tablespoons
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Curry powder -- 1 tablespoon
  • Cumin seeds -- 2 teaspoons
  • Chopped tomatoes or tomato sauce -- 2 cups
  • Coconut milk -- 2 cups, or 1 (15-ounce) can
  • Salt and pepper -- to taste
  • Cilantro, chopped -- 1/2 cup

Recipe Instructions

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  1. Add the onion, chiles, ginger and garlic to a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Add a little water if necessary.
  2. Trim any excess skin from the chicken, keeping some skin intact.
  3. Heat the oil or ghee in a large pot or wok over medium flame. Add the onion puree, curry powder and cumin and sauté, stirring frequently, for 5 to 8 minutes, or until cooked down.
  4. Stir in the tomatoes and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes. Then add the chicken, coconut milk, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until the chicken is cooked through and tender, anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Add more water as needed.
  5. Taste the sauce and adjust seasoning with salt and lemon juice, then garnish with cilantro.
  6. Stir in the cilantro, adjust seasoning with salt and pepper and serve with with rice or chapatti.

Recipe Yield

4-6 people

About Kuku Paka

It is also referred to as kuku na nazi. Kuku paka is a chicken coconut curry from the East African Coast. It is believed to have been birthed by the blending of the Arab, African and Indian cultures at the coast.

Kuku in Swahili means Chicken. Paka in Swahili means to smear, apply or spread while Nazi simply means Coconut in Swahili.

The food is particularly popular in the East African Coast among the Indian communities living in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

Coconut milk and curry spices are the main ingredients. The flavor from, char-grilling before adding it to the coconut curry base is the aspect that sets it apart from other ordinary coconut curries. This gives it a smoky flavor.

Reviewer Rating

4 out of 5


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