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Chili and Ginger Githeri

I am one of those people who can never EVER miss githeri when it is cooked. It’s almost an obsession. Ask my sisters, I absolutely love githeri. When I tell this to people, I get that look as though I just said I love eating kittens, live ones, in a graveyard, while chanting sacrilegious hymns of an extinct tribe . This may be because majority are yet to have that deliciously celestial githeri-eating experience. But I will give you one..

One of my earliest recipes on this blog was that of githeri, where I prepared it with coconut cream and curry which brought our its softer elements. You can get that recipe here. This time, I am using stronger flavors of chilli and ginger which brings out its more savory side. There is more than one way of preparing anything. And that is what makes cooking very exciting and a constant adventure. Do not allow your self to cook one meal the exact same way for all the days of your life. You will be missing out!

To warm you up as days get colder: Chilli and Ginger Githeri

chili and garlic githeri by top kenyan food blogger kaluhi adagala_kenyan food


Githeri Ingredients

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  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon royco all spice mix
  • 1/2 of a thumb-sized ginger root, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 500 grams of boiled beans and maize
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
  • Salt for taste
  • 1 Avocado – optional (diced)
  • Handful of fresh coriander,finely diced- optional
  1. In a sufuria, heat some oil and add your red onion and the chili powder. Let them saute until they are soft.
  2. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, salt and the ginger and let this simmer for  5-7 minutes. Add 1/4 cup of hot water and mix this all up until it forms a thick sauce. This is the most important part of this githeri since it will determine the thickness of the entire dish. Do not get too carried away while adding water as you will end up with watery githeri, nethier should you not add any as you will end up with really dry, boiled looking githeri. Balance is key to get that perfect thick tomato base.

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Add the boiled maize and beans to the tomatoes and mix them in. Add another 1/4 cup of hot water, mix and let this simmer for about 10-15 minutes on low heat. You can already tell the difference in appearance between before the githeri (first pic) simmered and after it did (second pic). The simmering allowed everything to come together and for the tomatoes to coat the beans.

Adding the githeri to the tomato base allows all the flavors to amalgamate and solidify well after simmering

fresh coriander elevates the flavor of the githeri and brings out taste of ginger and chili

Once it is done mix in some fresh coriander (as above) and remove from the heat immediately.

Kenyan Food_githeri is the most popular Kenyan food but that does not mean you make it boring to have

Serve  with avocado and fresh coriander garnish.

Kenyan food_Githeri with avocado which tempers the taste of the chilli and compliments that of ginger

Let’s be honest for a minute, this looks absolutely delicious doesn’t it? Plus it was so easy! The flavors of chili and ginger are perfect to warm you up as temperatures in Nairobi are dropping. The creamy avocado also tempers the heat of the chilli and always goes so so well with githeri.

githeri (beans and corn) Kenyan githeri_eknyan food_best githeri recipe with ginger and chilli

I encourage you to explore and try out new things. Do not be to scared to try new ways of cooking the same old things. There is a world of deliciousness just waiting for you to explore 🙂

So you decide which githeri recipe you like best, either this savory chilli and garlic githeri or this rich  coconut cream and curry githeri. But I have a feeling you will enjoy both of them. 🙂

githeri (beans and corn) Kenyan githeri_eknyan food_best githeri recipe with ginger and chilli

Love and Light,

-Miss Kaluhi

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  1. Seline Otieno

    Wow this should be interesting… Githeri on another level can’t wait to try it out

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Yea Seline, This really is next level Githeri!!! Do give it a try and take pics and tag me on Instagram (@kaluhiskitchen)

  2. Eunice wambui

    I made this githeri… Everyone was asking for more last night….

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Awesome!!!!!! Hope you treat them to the same next time. Glad you enjoyed this 🙂

  3. wachiuri

    Always thought cooking was so hard but with this website available am going to be a chef thanks to you, the githeri looks awesome

    • kaluhiskitchen

      cooking is easy and very fun. And I an so happy my blog made you realize this too. Cheers to good food 🙂

  4. festus

    Ahha! I noticed you love garlic in most of your recipes…

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Nice observation. And it is actually true… garlic is among my top must-have kitchen ingredients. I cant do without it. It upgrades nearly everything.

  5. Cheptoo Cece

    Ohh my!! Looks outstanding. I am making this dish today. {Foodie Blog}

    • kaluhiskitchen

      and it tastes outstanding too :). Take pics and tag me on IG

  6. lilian

    cooking has been made easier n fun thanks to your blog. keep up the good job.
    hoping to see a lasagna recipe soon enough.. xx

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Oh thanks Lillian. I do not have a working oven but I will make it once my oven decides to work LOL

  7. Sharon Ransley

    I looovvvve your blog and finally tried out this was on point…githeri has never been sooo yummy before 🙂

    • Kaluhi's_Kitchen

      Hey Sharon :)) Karibu to the KK family. I am more than happy to have you, and even more happier that you tried this recipe and loved it. I love githeri, and there are so many exciting ways to prepare it. Healthy does not have to be boring, right? Writing this has actually inspired me to develop another recipe. LOL

  8. Noni

    This was a major hit! People wanted seconds and thirds! Your site is awesome. I’ve saved 19 more recipes to try out ????

    • kaluhiskitchen

      *happy dance** I am soooooooooooooooooo happy you guys loved this recipe! I love githeri and I feel everyone should have this kickass recipe too! :)))) To many many more :)))

  9. chareemu

    Thank you for this, do you have a YouTube account?

  10. E.A.

    Making this tonight with some chapati and sambusas, best vegan food ever!

    • Kaluhi

      I can taste your comment!

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