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Ghee and Paprika Spicy Muhogo

I often reminisce about all the fun we had in Lamu over their Food festival held April. If you are yet to read my Lamu posts, you can check them out here and here. We had the time of of lives on that Island paradise. Not only did we discover plenty of cultural activity the residents proudly preserve, but we got to indulge in their food which has just as heavy cultural influence, with majority of the recipes passed down from generation to generation. We got to eat plenty of mahamri, viazi karai, bhajia ya kunde and a ton of sea food. It was in Lamu that I learnt that the locals enjoy having their muhogo (cassava) fried and sprinkled with some masala. This was the inspiration for today’s recipe, but of course, I had to do it #TheKWay! With abit of modification and giving it my own touch, you are going to love this just as much as I did <3

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Prep time: 5 min            Cook time: 10 min         Serves:2


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2, 100g cassava root

1 egg

½ a teaspoon of cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon of paprika

1 teaspoon of coriander powder

¼ cup of finely chopped fresh coriander

3 tablespoons of ghee

Salt to taste.



Boil your cassava with some salt until tender. Set aside and allow to slightly cool down then proceed to slice them into thin strips. Muhogo can be really dense and starchy. To deal with that, I like to cut mine into thin strips so that it does not overwhelm you while eating.

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In a bowl, crack your egg and add the spices. Lightly whisk them then add your finely chopped coriander and whisk them thoroughly until everything is evenly distributed. You can really use any spice combination you personally prefer. Maybe garam masala +dash of chili or garlic powder +  some cumin; you can go with whatever you prefer. Experiment and land on the spice combination you like best :))

Muhogo is actually pretty bland on its own. But that is a blessing in disguise since this very quality sets it as a blank canvas for you to play around with different flavor combinations.

whisk the eggs with some cayenne, coriander powder and paprika and salt to add both flavor and

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Take your Muhogo strips and dip them in the whisked eggs. Once coated, put them to fry in some ghee.  I used ghee because it is fragrant compared to other vegetable oils. It’s nature would also allow it to infuse into this starchy root and make it have a warmer, richer taste. Coconut oil would work just as well.

flash fry your cassava in really hot oil so that it can get a crispy exterior and tender

Once golden brown and crispy, remove from heat and drain on a paper towel.

Serve with some hot tea or coffee. Trust me, you will never ever ever have your muhogo in a way better than this. Perfectly season, crispy exterior with a tender interior. I went the savory route, but you can also prepare your cassava in a sweet way just like Sophie of ‘A Kitchen In Uganda’ did when she made her chocolate glazed cassava balls. I am forever crushing on her work and you guys must check out this recipe and her blog too!

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It is also very filling and a great  alternative for bread for breakfast. Besides having it for breakfast, you can also have it as part of your bitings when served with a nice rich garlic dip. The available options for muhogo are truly limitless!

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Ready to try some out of the box cooking? This one is definitely for you!

To more kitchen adventures,


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  1. Debbie

    WOW! I don’t think you even realize how naturally creative you are in the kitchen. Your recipes are not lifted from the internet unlike some bloggers in KE. Thank you for sharing your gift.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Thank you so so much for your very warm compliment! I hope to get even better!

  2. Sophie

    Thank you for the mention Kaluhi! I seriously cannot stop looking at this muhogo!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      I as just as impressed with your post! I def have to try your recipe soon!

  3. Keren Mercy

    Wow…. So lovely….. Searching for more of your recipes

    • kaluhiskitchen

      You are every welcome! Try out as many as you please :))

  4. Nick Daniels

    Ghee is the best ingredient can be made from milk.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      I absolutely enjoy cooking with ghee! It transforms the taste of nearly everything it touches!

  5. Ninah Patience

    How on earth did i just find out this blog just recently?? the coherence to your recipes is just amazing!! thank you for all you do. i am a fan!!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Welcome to the #KK family! Better late than never! I am so happy that you enjoy my recipes and my work. I hoep that you try them out and enjoy each one!


  6. Faywarbs

    Woow. Amazing. Quick one K,i dont take eggs,what can you substitute it for?😖

    • kaluhiskitchen

      For this particular recipe, you cannot sub eggs with anything else without changing all the other ingredients and in the process making a completely different dish.

  7. Beatrice

    Love your recipes and your fun nature. What can I substitute muhogo with

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Unfortunately for a mihogo recipe, the MAIN ingredient must be muhogo

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