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Curry & Garam Masala Githeri

I really love githeri!!! Like, really really! I know some of you are reading this thinking I am crazy, or lying, or both :D, but the heart loves what it loves. While some of you totally feel me on this! I know you feel me on the magnificence of githeri! I know you feel me on how seriously it slaps especially when cooked right! I know you understand how perfect it is when served with some delicious, huge, creamy avocado. Githeri is a whole mood! A vibe! A positive state of mind!

I have prepared it in so many different ways in the past- be it with coconut cream, or whole sage and garlic or with ginger and pepper; but whichever way you go, it is always so bomb! For today my curry and garam masala githeri <3

I had so much time filming this too! Check out the YouTube video as well here:

PREP TIME: 10min    COOK TIME: 30min        SERVES: 2


2 cups of boiled maize and beans
2 large potatoes, peeled & cubed
2 carrots, cubed
Fresh dania (both leaves and stems)
½ green hoho, cubed
1 red onion, diced
1 tomato, minced
½ a teaspoon of black pepper
1 teaspoon of garam masala
½ a teaspoon of paprika
½ a teaspoon of turmeric
Salt to taste
Vegetable oil for frying


First step is to always ensure you have your boiled githeri (mixture of maize and beans) ready before hand. You can use any kind of bean, but I prefer Wairimu/Yellow/RoseCoco. As for maize, I like to use tender green maize (I mistakenly said yellow maize in the video *face palm*). You can use sweet maize if that is what you fancy, but I feel green maize sticks closer to the original integrity of githeri.

In your sufuria, add some oil and salt. Let this be followed by the red onion, hoho and dania stems. I liiiiiiiiiive for the aroma at this stage! Remember as I mentioned on twitter – Dania stems at the beginning for the flavor to really seep in, and dania leaves as a garnish.

Let this simmer on medium low heat until soft and fragrant. Then add the tomatoes and the spices. Add some water (or veg stock), then simmer on low heat for a few minutes. Do not rush this process because the spices need to meld and the mchuzi to thicken.

I love my githeri with potatoes; and in the event I do not use some, it’s only because I was too lazy to peel some. I cut mine quite small, so that they cook fast and so that I can have a taste of everything in one bite. Add the potatoes, and allow them to cook three quarter way.

After that, add the boiled maize and beans then the carrots (also cut up really small), and allow everything to simmer on low heat until done. This will take a few minutes.

Garnish with freshly chopped dania and then run and grab that avocado for plating!

By far one of my favorite Kenyan vegeterian meals ever!!!! Does githeri ever disappoint! Never! If you love githeri, this recipe will get on your list as among your faves. If you do not like it, this recipe might as well change your mind!

Do try this beauty out, comment below how you make your githeri, and make sure you watch my video too.

Happy Wednesday!!


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  1. Ruth

    Trying this today 😊

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Let me know how it goes! <3

  2. Shan

    Aaaaawwwwww this got my attention this morning. Im a freaking githeri lover. I mean I can do it anywhere anytime. I love this and Amma try it out.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Right!!!!? Githeri is an all day, errrday kinda meal! Glad you feel me on this!

  3. Kimani Ian

    5 🌟 on the presentation.

    • kaluhiskitchen


  4. Silz

    Is this too spicy for almost teens 10 & 9 year old?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      That is a personal decision that only you as their parent will have to decide. My friend feeds her child spicy food at 3. My nephew eats all the food we make, with all the flavorful spices at 6. There is nothing wrong with that and I feel Kenyans in general are scared of spices and flavor with no particular reason. For young children, maybe hot spices can be removed but for the rest, surely, let everyone in the family get acquainted to delicious food at young ages! Remember spices come from plants. Ultimately, you as their parent will make the final decision.

  5. Mary Wangari

    Finally I found someone who loves githeri like I do. People find me weird when I mention that.
    Apparently my son loves githeri as well,at the age of 5 he’ll go for githeri over rice.
    As usual I’ll be certain to try this recipe out.

    Thank you for your recipes

    • kaluhiskitchen

      People have no idea wat they are missing out on!!! Githeri is the!!!

  6. caroline

    Looove githeri from my high school boarding days (PB) weevils and all! Cant imagine what my relationship would have been if it was cooked this

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Lucky you can change that today! Start preparing delicious githeri today!

  7. Pacific

    I tried this last night, now my half wants githeri every weekend. It was amazing.

    • kaluhiskitchen


  8. Annie M

    Is it weird that I eat my githeri as stew for my rice? hihi.
    Have to try this today evening

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Totally not weird!! I love that combo too!!

  9. Victoria

    With this cold am making this for supper tonight can’t wait ingredients already chopped.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Perfect for cold weather!!

  10. ashok

    My Family Loved it. I am definitely sharing Guys, Thanks For sharing this Great Recipe. this recipe and this website with my friend. Hope they also love it. Thank you again for sharing such a great recipe.

    • Kaluhi

      Fantastic to know!

  11. Helan

    Thanks For Sharing this Amazing Recipe. My Family Loved It. I will be sharing this Recipe with my Friends. Hope They will like it.

    • Kaluhi

      I am so sure they will love it too!

  12. Hellen

    My go to githeri recipe always. And had it with chicken feet on the side, best dish ever.

    • Kaluhi

      Right?!! Githeri rocks!!!

  13. Glenda

    My husband and I are fans of your recipe for githeri. He says it is not the same as his mom made, but he loves it just the same. As an outsider to Kenyan culture, I think every family (mom) has their own recipe. I like the curry in this one. My husband likes spice so I add a habanero or two.

    • Kaluhi

      Hubs and yourself have amazing taste!! This is such a good recipe and I am thrilled you both enjoy it!

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