Delicious Kenya Recipe for mataha

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Creativity at its best in the Kenyan Coast

Mataha is the coastal version of Mukimo play Mataha is the coastal version of Mukimo (Talking to Nelly)


Recipes and Steps for making mataha in Kenya

Cooking time

45 minutes

Recipe Category


Recipe Cuisine


Cooking method

Simmering and Mashing

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried maize (corn)

  • ½ pound dried red beans

  • 5 potatoes

  • 10 pumpkin leaves (or spinach), coarsely chopped

  • Salt

Recipe Instructions

  1. Soak the beans and maize overnight in enough water to cover. Drain, cover again with water, add salt and boil for 2 ½ hours.

  2. Drain and set aside. Cover the potatoes with water and boil until soft.

  3. Add the pumpkin leaves and cook until tender. Add the mixture to the maize and beans and mash it all together. The mixture should be thick and firm.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 4 medium tomatoes, sliced
    2 medium onions, finely chopped, washed with salted water, and drained

  • fresh squeezed lime or lemon juice
    1 cup finely chopped cilantro, Dhania or parsley
    3 grated carrots

Recipe Instructions

  1. Arrange the tomatoes on a serving platter with onions on top. Sprinkle the parsley (or cilantro) over the top. Place the grated carrots to one side. Splash the lemon juice over all. Do not toss. Serve cold with the mukimo.

  2. You can add a teaspoon of curry powder and mix it into the mash stir it well until it becomes smooth and soft (optional).

About Mataha

Mataha is the coastal version of Central Kenya’s mukimo.

Reviewer Rating

3 out of 5



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