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Fried Nduma with Crunchy Bread Crumb Crust

Have you ever eaten something after years of resistance and wondering why it took you too long to try it? That was me with nduma. Just like I did matumbo, I would avoid putting it in my mouth at all costs for reasons unbeknown to me. But when I finally did, I can not have enough. Nduma are what we Kenyans refer to arrow roots.  They are super duper nutritious and taste so good. Thank God I got over my senseless fear,LOL.

At home we usually just have them boiled. But I have been encouraged by numerous people to try them fried. Everything fried is tastier after all, so I decided to give this a try. To add to the texture, I coated the nduma with breadcrumbs, seasoned lightly with nutmeg which  transformed this to the most glorious breakfast meal. My tongue has never been as delighted! Yours will be too, promise!

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My mind-blowing nduma ingredients

3 nduma roots

1/2 a teaspoon of ground nutmeg

1 cup of bread crumbs

1 egg, beaten


Peel your nduma and cut it in 2 inch thick circular slices. You can cut it whichever way you want but I like mine this way since they look neater and boil alot faster.

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boiled nduma, which are also known as arrow roota make an excellent breakfast dish for many homes in Kenya


Quick tip: After peeling your nduma, rinse them immediately and let them stay in water up until the point you want to boil them.  This prevents them from getting oxidized, which darkens their color significantly.  Also, give then several rinses to remove all mud that may stick to them since the root is very fibrous and carries with it plenty of loose soil.


After they have boiled, allow them to cool slightly. While you are waiting for that, you can beat your egg in a bowl and prepare your bread crumb crust. This is simply done by mixing some bread crumbs with the nutmeg in another separate bowl. These are the same bread crumbs I used for this post several months back. They cost 100 shillings only and have lasted this long!

bread crumbs mixed with nutmeg make for a fragrant and crispy coating to the nduma, which are also called arrow root. Best arrow root recipe

To coat the nduma, simply dip them in the egg mixture and then roll it in the breadcrumbs. The egg acts as ‘glue’ for the crumbs to adhere to and contributes to the crispiness.

How to make the nduma coating whisk an egg, dip the boiled nduma, roll it in the crumbs them set it aside

Heat your oil and put them in to fry after it is hot enough. Let them fry  until the coating tuns golden brown. That will be about 2 minutes on each side.

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Remove them from the heat and drain on a paper towel then serve.

Let me tell you, this was DELICIOUS! I gobbled this down until I felt guilty of eating too much, then I stopped. Yes, I have a problem ;D

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Perfect for breakfast, for a snack, and for sneaking in something healthy that your kiddies will enjoy.

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Start making plans to make these. You will not be dissapointed 🙂

kENYAN Breakfast meals may include nduma which is also arrow root. It is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside

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  1. festus

    So preparing this for my girl leo…ps hope i do it better than you.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      I hope you do it better than me too :). LOL! She will be impressed.

  2. Lois Oduor

    Hey..should try this out sometime…
    however im nt that much of a nduma fun…do u think the same recipe can work, but with cassava instead?…or even sweet potatoe

    • kaluhiskitchen

      I am not too sure about cassava, but I am sure it will work with sweet potato too. Just add 1/2 a teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the other ingredients and your good to go

      • Laura

        Yes yes. It can work with cassava as well.

        • kaluhiskitchen

          For sure!!!!

  3. Sheila

    Woow hubby love arrow roots sooo definately trying out the recipe….

    • kaluhiskitchen

      He will fall in love with these nduma (and with you too :))) all over again ! It is a fab nduma recipe!

  4. Bella

    Awdsome post.. Is there an alternative spice for the nutmeg?

  5. Bella

    Awesome post.. Is there an alternative spice for the nutmeg?

  6. Neema

    This is soo sweet,just tried it today.thanks kaluhi

    • Kaluhi

      Cheers boo!

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